On an encouraging note, there seems to have been a spark of interest lately in conserving Xela’s Centro Historico. Various committees are springing up and meeting regularly to talk about doing just that. We’ve even been semi-invited to vaguely participate in a couple. But of course that never happened.
But the great thing about [...]
You Shoulda Been There The Xela Xmas Parade
Being that we’re devout observers of most Cristo-capitalist rituals and that it passes a block from the office, the XelaWho team are regular attendees at the desfile navideño. It’s a mildly interesting hour or so and this year was no exception.
by Susana Raymundo
The Mexa Tze’ is what we call a backpack today, only made of wood and the straps went around the head. It’s where my grandfather carried my grandmother when I was very small and had to go to the cotton, sugarcane and coffee farms, to work for a little money.
There is probably no more succinct argument for the viability of anarchy as a system of social organization than the Guatemalan road system. Consider the state of the roads and the vehicles, the near-complete lack of police and licensed drivers and then consider that there are barely enough chicken bus crashes to keep Nuestro Diario [...]
by Diana Pastor
While talking to a co-worker, she told me: “My younger sister asked me to take her to McDonald’s to celebrate her birthday. And she does nothing but ask that.”
by Cynthia Ord
Xela, also known as “the voluntourism Mecca of Central America,” hosts its fair share of medium- to long-term travelers. It’s a good place to spend a few months learning Spanish and helping out at one of the many worthwhile NGOs in and around the city. Consequently, the despedida (goodbye party) has become [...]
Take a deep breath – this stuff actually happened.
by Steve Mullaney
If you’ve been around Xela for longer than a week or so then you have been woken up by two things: firecrackers and gunfire. Ideally, you have learned the difference between the two – that way you won’t jump into the middle of gang warfare singing Las Mañanitas.
by Steve Mullaney
If you are a foreign government that wants to say “Thank you for the cheap labor” or “My bad on the whole 1940’s Syphilis Experiment” you have probably decided to build a monument somewhere in Guatemala. The Ministerio de Monumentos Extranjeros (MINMEX)* has apparently decided that the best place to put every [...]
We don’t like to jump the gun around here – it’s always seemed a dangerous and silly pastime. But here goes anyway: We have it on good authority from our friends at the XelaWho Meteorological Station & Roadside Taco Stand that the rainy season is over*.