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May 2009 Issue: Transitioning Into May in Xela

As the calendar here in Xela is on the cusp of May, it is hard not to notice some distinct and fascinating rhythms here in the Ciudad de los Altos. I spent my first Semana Santa here and was impressed with how our city interrupted its daily flow and devoted its entire attention the holiday. […]

The Visa Run: To Tapachula, Mexico

By James Gray

If you’ve been in Xela a spell, you’ve realized that many ex-pats have been here a really long time. How, pray tell, do they get away with this? To stay beyond your 90-day tourist visa, you need to leave the country and return to get a new 90-day visa. While XelaWho takes […]

The Devil’s Brew: Coffee in Guatemala

By Mark Nunziata

If you’ve been blessed with any of the five senses, you’ve probably figured out by now that the Guatemala is bursting with The Devil’s Brew. Yes, Guatemala is a huge supplier of that most popular drug of choice: coffee. In the cities of Xela, Antigua or San Pedro you may see espresso […]

The Informed Drinker: Know Your Rum

By Steve Mullaney

Are you a friend of Ron? Ron of course being ron of course being rum. (Follow that? Good. That syllogism will totally be on your GRE.) Once you’ve figured out that the bar’s menu features many different types of rum instead of many different male prostitutes named Ron (no wonder Ron XL […]

Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close by.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: 10 Years Later, El Alprisco.

By Gregorio Torres

It was about ten years ago when my brother and I visited the city of Santa Cruz Del Quiché. We made our way up the mountain through one […]

Spotlight On: A Series on Culture & the Arts

“Spotlight On” is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on all things cultural & artistic in Xela and Guatemala. This month’s topic for May 2009 is: Asalto al Cielo Poetry Festival

by Martín Díaz

Here we go again, folks, breaking our backs to bring you some of the finest poets from around the world. The International Poetry […]

¡Cuba, Si! ¡Yanquis, Si! Visiting Cuba in the Age of Obama

How to (prematurely) celebrate the US-Cuba thaw

By Riley Lynch

Hey, you, in the Che Guevara t-shirt. I think I’ve seen you around. Was it at the Blue Angel Café? They were playing The Motorcycle Diaries. I was the guy on the couch trying to eat a burrito without elbow-checking the people next to me. […]

Linguistics: K’iche’ FAQ

Guatemala is like a candy store for linguists. With only the population of the U.S. State of Illinois, the place packs in at least 21 different Mayan languages. The granddaddy of Mayan languages, i.e. the one with the most speakers, is also the one most common right here in Xela – K’iche’. So what is […]

Comida de Fiesta in Xela

By David Tiguilá

This article will explore the main comida tipica dishes found here in Xela and the history of how the cuisine developed.