Monthly Archive: May 2011

… Being Green

It’s fairly safe to say that, on a government/official level, Guatemala has yet to fully embrace the environmental movement. While people in other countries are faithfully separating their paper and plastic and driving it...

WHY IS THIS POPULAR?

The Gringo Nod by Steve Mullaney Life in Xela is fraught with a number of uncomfortable social situations: What do you do when you meet your host family? (give a gift that is of...

El Mal de Ojo

by Susana Raymundo In the upcoming months we will be looking at some of the beliefs and folklore particular to Guatemala. This month, the mal de ojo (evil eye).

Typical Guatemalan Dress

by Diana Pastor One of the most fascinating, representative things about Guatemala is the traje (typical dress) used by Mayan women. A brief glance at the colors and designs used provides a window into...

Climbing the 7 Orejas

by Chris Warren This month’s Daytripper hike brings you to the rim of one of the oldest volcanoes in all of Guatemala, El Volcán Siete Orejas, permitting views of the Santiaguito, Santa Maria, Atitlan...

The Museo de la Marimba

by Jed Herrmann What do a Macintosh Classic II computer, a soccer trophy, a tube of Chinese toothpaste, and some colonial-era pistols have in common? Obviously, they are all artifacts in Xela’s very own...

Pandemonium

by Chris Warren Xela is an awesome town, however, given that it lies squarely within the tortilla belt, those who have wandered its cobblestone streets in search of a good baguette or other artisanal...

Tips on Not Getting Ripped Off

by Steve Mullaney Nobody likes getting ripped off, especially if you are living or traveling on a fixed budget. Ranging between inconvenient for overpaying at the market to urgent if your credit card gets...

Guatemala News Wrap Up

More rumblings on the presidential divorce scandal – vice president Manuel Estrada went public saying that he disagreed with president Colom’s decision to get a divorce so that his wife could run for office,...