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October 2009 Issue: An Ode to the Street Pooches of Xela

Street pooches of Xela – you gritty, rag-tag band of survivors – I hope you’re reading because this XelaWho is dedicated to you. Before getting to my ode, I’ve got to say that you guys are a pretty pathetic-looking bunch, looking as if you’ve just returned from battle. Four working legs? Optional. Fur coat? 70% [...]

¿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: Guatemalan filler words by James Gray.

A challenge to mastering the verbal part of a new language is mastering those “in-between” words, the glue that holds everything else together. In English, for example, what would we do without such [...]

Xela, My City: An Interview With a Long-Term Ex-Pat

Hang out in Xela long enough and you’ll realize that loads of ex-pats came and have never left. Some fall in love, others start a business and yet others have nowhere else to be.

This is the first in a series of articles in which we ask long-termers about their decision to remain here. Our [...]

Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close by.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This issue focuses on: a visa run to San Cristóbal de las Casas, the Other Cool Mayan Highland City.

By James Gray

Just a few days left on your ‘tourist’ visa? Need a happenin’ place to facilitate your border crossing and [...]

Thoughts On Time: The Month of October

By GatodeMonteCristal Ey-free

Sending all of my brothers and sisters warmest of greetings, we’re here once again seeking understanding of the frequencies of time as an instrument of measurement and what they represent.

The past month of September in the Julian-Gregorian calendar (J-G) – the Gregorian is what we use today and is an alteration [...]

Why Is This Popular? Moco de Gorilla Hair Goo

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 Edgar, a middle school student at a local school. This month’s topic: Moca de Gorilla (Gorilla Snot) Hair [...]

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. The this month’s topic: Pasaje Enriquez, An Architectural Gem

by Diana Pastor

If the topic is Pasaje Enriquez, we’re talking about one of the oldest, richest works of architecture found in Quetzaltenango. Back in 1898, the Italian architect [...]