Monthly Archive: August 2011

Xela Has An Art Museum!

Regular readers of this ongoing museums series (likely only my wife), will recall last month’s failed visit to the Railway Museum and the corresponding bet about whether it would be open in time for...

The Public Laundromats

By: Diana Pastor In Guatemala there are a number of traditions that have not changed in this modern and globalized era.  One such tradition has been the way that folks wash clothes. If you...

Why Is This Popular?

By: Steve Mullaney “Picamas” Picamas is the uniformly green, unquestionably synthetic hot sauce that can be found in every restaurant everywhere. Nobody knows what, exactly, is in Picamas, but everyone seems to put it...

On Witchcraft

By: Susana Raymundo Witchcraft, spells, enchantments and magic have always been talked about here in Guatemala.  In many communities, scientific medicine did not exist as it does today—so when folks got sick, injured and...

Dear Truck That Hit Me…

I suppose that it was inevitable. At some point given my misaligned brakes, reckless attitude, and Xela’s famously unobservant drivers I knew that I would be hit by a car. As it turns out,...