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Let’s Go To The Fair

Dust off your cowboy boots, people: it’s Fair time again in Xela. If you want to get technical about it, we’re talking about La Feria Internacional de Independencia. It’s when Guatemalans really show how they can put on a party.

First held back in 1884 in the Canton San Nicolas, the fair has had […]

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Making A Run For The Border

“86-87-88-89-90” That is the sound of Xela visitors counting down the days that they have left until their visas expire. Right about now in September is when great numbers of folks realize, “Hey, I should’ve taken care […]

Hitting The Rides At The Fair

By: Diana Pastor

Without really feeling the change in days, it’s now September. A lot of tourists have gone back home after their summer breaks, leaving Xela only to the strong-willed and/or unemployed. Folks who are still here will be witness to some of the most special elections in the Western hemisphere, a lot of […]

Why Is This Popular: Typewriter Schools

By: Steve Mullaney

If you’ve been walking around, especially in the parts of town that are farther away from Parque Central, you have no doubt come across the clickety-clack of various Academias de Mecanografia (typewriter schools). In order to pass middle school in Guatemala, folks need to be typewriter-certified. NOTE: This is not typing, this […]

Good Luck Catching A Superchivos Game

By: Jed Herrmann

In any other magazine this month’s column would probably start with an editor’s note like this:


Last month’s Superchivos article incorrectly stated the date of the team’s match versus Communicaciones. The match took place on August 21, rather than August 17 as stated in the article. XelaWho regrets the error.

But […]

La Feria’s One Big Open Air Cantina

By: Elena Alvarado

If you’re anything like the staff at your XelaWho, then you’re all about a good happy hour-slash-adventure on the town. La feria has got you covered for the month of September. While the big party is in-town on the 14th, the big days to kick it over to the fair will be, […]

Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth

By: Susana Raymundo

Guatemalan fairs are filled with all kinds of sweets and goodies. When you head to the fair you’ll immediately be overrun with vendors hawking all kinds of things cotton candy. While you’ll certainly enjoy the blue, yellow and pink cotton candies, we strongly recommend avoiding the brown cotton candy. No good can […]

Finding Hard To Find Food

After geeking out on the typical eggs, beans, tortillas, etc. for a number of weeks you may have a hankering for something a bit different—but the big question is where to pick up the specialty foods that you just can’t find easily in the markets. Good news. Your XelaWho’s investigative reporting team has undergone extensive […]

Guatemala News Wrap-Up

The biggest news in August was that ex-first lady and presidential candidate Sandra Torres was ruled constitutionally ineligible to run for president. The decision made by the Corte Constitucional (CC) is final, which means that the ruling coalition UNE-Gana is left without a candidate for the September 11 elections.