Monthly Archive: July 2011

Gooooooooooooooooool…

You may have noticed that the Guatemalan obsession with football got notched up a level this month. Or you may not have. The difference between intense and complete obsession is sometimes hard to spot....

Movistar, Tigo or Claro?

by Diana Pastor If you’ve decided to hang around Guatemala for a while, chances are you’re thinking about getting a cellphone. The first thing to know is that there are only three companies operating...

Why is This Popular?

Talking about Bowel Movements            by Steve Mullaney At a dinner party with strangers it is considered to be in poor taste to talk about politics, religion, or the size/frequency/consistency of your bowel movements....

The Zunil Museum

by Jed Herrmann XelaWho’s continuing series on Xela museums takes us a little bit farther afield this month- in fact all the way into neighboring Zunil. For those readers that are thinking, “Zunil, that’s...

Xela’s Green Spaces

When thinking of the general color scheme of Xela, it’s unlikely that the word “green” will come to mind. Cinderblock gray? Quite possibly. Dust-storm brown? More than likely. Deisel-exhuast-stained black? Well, yes. But the...

A Bona Fide Cultural Experience

by Jonathon  Van Valin Isn’t this why people travel?  To experience traditions lending insight and flavor to one’s local understanding while opening our minds to the pure truth of our shared humanity? I wouldn’t...

Changing Money

by Steve Mullaney Jean-Paul Sarte´s No Exit is a three-person play about hell—specifically the way that people´s attitudes create hell for others. If this play were to be updated for Guatemala in 2011, the...

Guatemala News Wrap Up

May ended with another poor score for Guatemala – the country was ranked number 125 out of 153 countries on the Peace Index by the Institute for Economy and Peace. Among the criteria were...