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The Legend of Vanushca

Vanushca Cárdenas Baraja was the daughter of a gypsy family who migrated from Hungary to Guatemala in the early twentieth century. She and her family worked for a travelling circus that performed around the country for a while before settling down in Xela for several months. The shows were very popular and […]


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New football stands

Great news for super-chivo fans out there who don’t want to have to worry about not being able to get tickets for all the important football games here in Xela – this September it was announced that new stands are confirmed to be built […]

Guatemalan Authors

by Diana Pastor

Continuing on from last month’s recommendations of Latin American authors this month we will be recommending some of the most significant writers from Guatemala.

The first is Humberto Akabal, an Indigenous poet born in Momostenango Totonicapán. His poetic style is simple but powerful and profound. His poems are always written […]

Children in Public Spaces

by Susana Raymundo

The first day of October is usually celebrated as the “Day of the Child” – to celebrate children growing up within large families or within families where they are the only child.


Independence Queens

By Patricia Escalon

If you survived August in Xela, you probably think you can sleep in again in September. Well, all those school bands that kept you from a good lie in are nothing in comparison to the Independence Festivities. However, if you are freshly arrived and wanting […]


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Miss Quetzaltenango

The 24th of August saw one of Xela’s most anticipated evenings of year when Linda Celina Cifuentes Rios was chosen and crowned as Miss Quetzaltenango, 2012-2013. Xela’s newest beauty queen is 19 years old and studies International Relations at the Universidad Rafael Landival. She was […]

Check out the Feria

The Feria was first held back in 1884 in the Canton San Nicolas. It’s had various different homes over the years, but finally settled down in 1984 in order to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. The fairgrounds – CEFEMERQ – are now held each year in the same place, just outside of town.

You can […]

On Latin American Authors and Novels (Part 1)

by Diana Pastor

Are you looking for some options to improve your Spanish, or simply to be entertained? We can recommend you some of the most prominent Latin American authors, along with some of their best works.

One of the most brilliant is Jorge Luis Borges. An Argentine intellectual, he is a favourite […]

Guatemala News Wrap Up

First up the biggest news of August: Guatemala won its first EVER medal in the Olympics this month! Erick Barrondo took the silver medal in the 20km race walk, after being narrowly beaten by China’s Ding Chen. The 20km walk is a peculiar competition which has judges throughout the race watching everyone’s knees and hips […]