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July 2009 Issue: Map Mania

Finding your way in Xela is not super difficult. Nevertheless, a few hurdles stand in your way of GPS-accurate navigation of the streets of Xela, such as those damn diagonales, a 1-in-56 chance of a street sign and locals that know their way but can’t tell you what street you’re on.

What to do? Lucky [...]

¿Qué Onda Vos? A Series on Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month’s topic: cyber Spanish by James Gray.

You know you’re fluent in Spanish when you can chat, SMS or e-mail using the fewest words or letters. Here are some tips to whipping off an e-communication that is dressed to impress.

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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 is: Family, History and Cartoons: The Guatemalan Cartoonist, Rodolfo Valladares

by Martín Díaz

My mother told me an interesting story about my great-great-grandfather, the famous Guatemalan cartoonist, Rodolfo Valladares. “Look what your great-great-great-grandmother did to [...]

Sin Televisión No Hay Paraíso: The Joy of Telenovelas

By Riley Lynch

[Editor's note: This article was written in July 2009. Therefore its schedule is no longer current.]

It could be my Spanish. But it seems like the dubbed version of Flight of the Conchords (HBO, ch. 17) falls short of the Kiwi-accented original. And after a few hours of modern dance on Cuban [...]

In Praise of Guatemalan Paperwork

By Steve Mullaney

In Guatemala we have many shortages, but no one can accuse us of having a shortage of paperwork. After all, you can’t buy a Q4 ice cream cone at Pollo Campero without getting a receipt that has two stamps – one to prove you paid and another to confirm that you got [...]

On the Road Guatemala: Yaxhá, Peten, a Gem in the Shadow of Tikal

By Claire Bourgin

My first trip to Petén was back in December 2005, so I decided recently to return to this amazing region during Semana Santa. My friends and I left Flores early on a Saturday to go to Yaxhá, a Mayan archeological site located 30 km SW of Tikal. I had heard about it [...]

Why is This Popular: Converse Shoe T-Shirts

By Steve Mullaney

Style is different everywhere, but nowhere is this more apparent than in Guatemala where the majority of us fashionistas walk around puzzled. We try to bring you explanations behind the most confusing trends with Everson and Juan who are 9th graders at a local school. This month’s topic: Converse shoes found on [...]

Daytripper San Pedro: We Kayaked Around the Lake…And Survived!

By Juan Manuel Rodilla & Sean Wallace

Day 1, 4:00 PM – Two courageous adventurers begin what will become one of the most fantastic trips of their lives. We landed in San Pedro by bus and successfully rented kayaks there, setting off towards Santiago Atitlán for their first night. The kayak man watches fearfully as [...]