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Merry Xmas Xela!

Bells are ringing, it‘s freezing out, and everyone finished working for the year about 5 weeks ago, so it must be Christmastime in Xela! And as always, the good folks here at XelaWho HQ have been working hard on our guide to surviving Christmas Xela-style so you can make sure the only turkey this Christmas […]

Stuff- XELA WHO’S ULEW?

About a year ago, Xelawho ran a story about the upcoming Utz Ulew mall — a gilded tower we called a “behemoth” and predicted would compete with Walmart for the title of “sparkliest, most vacuous place in Xela.” Since then, we’ve compared it to the tower of Babel and speculated more than once on whether […]

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We´re So Sorry

Popping this month is you, our readers— you‘ve survived another year of our bad puns, endless typos, terrible jokes, and crass commentary on life in this strange and wonderful city. We love you, and we‘re sorry. Feliz navidad! Here‘s to you.

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Trendy – December

With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what‘s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there‘s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so here are […]

Dr. Sabelotodo – December

Dear Dr. Sabelotodo, I’m spending Christmas with my host family but I don’t know how to behave or what to expect. Any advice? — John Jacob Jingle Heimer Shmidt

Hey John, you sure picked a great place for your Christmas blog post. Christmas in Guatemala might not be perfect, but it‘s […]

Recipe of the Month:: Ponche Navideño

It‘s December: ponche time. Ponche, is to the Latinos what mulled wine is to the Europeans. Guatemalan ponche is distinct to Mexican ponche. It uses a mixture of dried and fresh fruit and boiled with spices rather than hibiscus, Guatemalan ponche can be served with or without ‘piquete’, alcohol. You can guess which I prefer. […]

Xelebrity of the Month – December

XelaWho‘s brand spanking new ear-to-the-ground correspondent, Mad Max, brings you the stories behind the famous faces you see around town in Xela. This month, Mad Max went undercover to talk to the who‘s who of Xela‘s skate scene.

So, what’s your name, man?

Erwin Barrios.

And where are you from Erwin?

Xela, Zona 5.

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Hue Hue Don’t Tell Me

So you’ve been to Tikal, Semuc Champey, Atitlan and (for some strange reason…) Antigua. Onya! If you’re looking to step of the beaten track you might want to spare a thought, and a weekend, for the next big thing in Guatemala: Huehuetenango, pronounced “way way tenango.” A hue hue (get it?) from the […]

Stuff – Pesky Separatists

October 2017 was an all-time month for independence and backlash. Two semi-autonomous regions – Catalonia in Spain and Kurdistan in Iraq – held referendums for their independence. Both regions voted in favor of proper political independence, and both were met in turn by mano duro reactions from their central governments, who moved forcefully to block […]

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Gouls & Ghosts

The dry season in Guatemala begins with a trio of Catholic holidays—All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints, and All Soul’s day. We’ve decided that the spirits, ghosts, specters and ghouls of Guatemala are absolutely popping. They’re great at keeping up relationships with the living and keep up a world-class cemetery. Most […]