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End of an era

December 21st 2012 is the date that is on everyone´s minds this year, not just for us folk in Guatemala, where the mystical date originates from, but across the world. An array of theories and prophesies surround the 21st, predicting everything from the apocalypse, to collective spiritual awakening, to alien invasions. But with the mind-boggling [...]

Another option for Christmas Decorations – Vernacular Decorations

by Diana Pastor

When I was studying constructive drawing, they taught me about an interesting way to make the buildings of a particular place more attractive: vernacular architecture. This form of architecture uses elements of the surrounding region to build and decorate. An example of this in Guatemala would be the construction of [...]

The Day of the Dead

Fear not, this month´s editorial is not about an impending zombie apocalypse, although we´d forgive you for thinking that – what with another bizarre human flesh-eating tale coming out of the United States this month involving New York City police officer Gilberto Valle´s gruesome plot to kidnap, cook up and eat hundreds of women. You [...]

Sick? Where to go…

by Diana Pastor

What better idea for November – famous for the Day of the Dead – than to provide you with some advice on how to postpone this festivity for yourself. Unfortunately, not all the foreigners that visit Xela come equipped with medical insurance with universal coverage, [...]