Yearly Archive: 2010

What Is The Mexa Tze’?

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...

Guatemalan “Road” “Rules”

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...

Fast Food Culture

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.”

How To Throw A Despedida

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...

Monument Dump

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...