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Got Shorty

On the 22nd of February 2014 dozens of soldiers and police descended on a luxury condominium in Mazatlán, Mexico, and finally managed to capture the legendary, but elusive, drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, more commonly known as “El Chapo” (Shorty). Eluding capture for an incredible 13 years, El Chapo´s legend grew into almost mythical proportions […]


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Pacaya Pyrotechnics

Always one for a spectacle, Guatemala witnessed another huge volcanic eruption in March when Pacaya Volcano began spewing rivers of lava and clouds of ash after a series of powerful explosions on the 1st and 2nd of March. The ash clouds reached a towering height […]

Behind the Cloth

By Allison Haven

Anyone who has spent time in Guatemala can’t help but fall in love with the colorful textiles worn by indigenous people here. Guatemala is unique in Central America for these strong Mayan artisan traditions apparent it in the quantity of tipica artisan products sold in the markets of Antigua, Panajachel, […]

Guatemalan Composers Part 2: Jazz

By Diana Pastor

On the 30th of April the world once again celebrates international jazz day – an occasion to celebrate what has been a symbol of freedom throughout musical history, both for its versatility as for its magnificent capacity for the expression of emotions.

Those of us who love the genre here […]

Garbanzos de Miel

By Simone Riddle

“Se puede comer garbanzos salados?!” “You can eat chickpeas as a savory dish?!” asked my friend in disgust when I proudly presented a vegetarian chickpea curry at one of my first potluck dinners here in Xela. It’s fair to say it didn’t go down very well. But who knew that […]


By Juan Jardinero

“The ground´s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty. Try to be more like the ground.”


One of the first things you should do if you are trying to have a more sustainable lifestyle, is composting. Compost is the end result of the natural process of decomposition of […]

Xela Bites

by Seudonimo Anonimo

What I thought was just a typical morning on the way to the Despensa Familiar became the day I tempted fate. While casually sauntering down the street—at Guatemalan pace, of course—a perro de la calle came around the corner, bit my leg, and bolted past. Fast food, you might say.


Beer Wars

Those who have been hanging around Guatemala for a while now will have undoubtedly noticed the plummeting prices of that all-too- precious commodity: cerveza. Even just over a year ago, you would be hard-pressed to find bars where you could buy a litre of beer for under Q30 (not including the infamous cantinas, of course). […]


P o p p i n g

Stop Thief!

Those of us you who have had the good fortune of having your pocket picked whilst riding aboard the minibuses that comprise Xela’s world class urban transport system, will be delighted to know that the PNC (Policia Nacional Civil) have devised a new initiative […]

Guatemalan Composers, pt 1

By Diana Pastor

I recently enrolled in the Academy of Music of Quetzaltenango in order to learn to play the piano. From the first day that I arrived to the place, I thought to myself that it couldn’t have been baptized with a better name than the one it has been given: it […]