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May 2010 Issue: Our Annual May Issue

The idiom “April showers brings May flowers” totally does not apply here in Xela. Better said would be “Non-stop torrential May rains brings many nights of ordering Pollo Campero.” And, con razon: why would you bother getting soaked when you could sit in bed with a bucket of fried chicken on your chest?


World in Briefs: More News. Less Reading.

Here’s the nutty news for May, 2010. Among other things, middle-aged and elderly men in China are turning to drugs so that they have sufficient energy to play all-night games of Mahjong…


Guatemala This Month: A Summary of Stuff That Actually Happened

By Lucas Vidgen

A look back at the new and newsworthy during the month of April, 2010.


Why Is This Popular: Urination in Public

By Steve Mullaney

Perhaps during an evening stroll you have noticed some wet spots on the sidewalk or on a wall. You might chalk it up to the near-constant tossing of water onto the road done by many Guatemalans to keep the dust down or to a very selective rain cloud. While either of those […]

Occasional Series on Hiper-Paiz: The Shoe Store Conspiracy

By Steve Mullaney

Ah, Hiper Paiz: 47 stores that sell shoes, 38 phone kiosks, and an enormous grocery store. The mall, clearly designed after one person watched Mallrats once, is a wonder of capitalism: how can it possibly exist? Why don’t the shoe stores go out of business? Who actually pays Q40 for a pillow […]

Stuff: Some of the information you just can’t do without, plus a whole lot of filler

We remember not too long ago when pirated movies at La Demo were going at the rate of Q15 each or 2 for Q25. Whether it’s competition or a drop in the cost of production, you can now score your pirated flicks for Q10 or 3 for Q25.


Spotlight On: Rodolfo Robles, Guatemala’s Original House MD

By Elena Alvarado

Rodolfo Robles is the name of the avenue that marks the crossing over from Zona 1 to Zona 3. While cries of “Robles, Robles” are common on the microbuses, what caused so many buildings, schools and roads to be named for the man?


Safety at the ATM…Part 17 and Counting

By Lucas Vidgen

It’s funny, but Guatemala’s rough and ready exterior can make you let your guard down sometimes. We’ve all got our panic levels maxed out about pickpockets, bagsnatchers and packslashers. We know not to travel at night and that everything from an avocado to a murder rap is negotiable.

But Guatemalan thieves are […]

Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close By.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This May 2010 issue focuses on the surfer haven Sipacate, by Chris Warren.


¿Qué Onda Vos? Where Vos Came From

By James Gray

Recently in this space we covered the grammatical side vos, the informal form of the singular personal pronoun “you”. This month, however, we’ll attempt to explain its background, i.e. where and how commonly it is spoken, as well as how it originated.