Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Newspaper at your door

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
newsletter at your door Photo by Marieke Smulders

Newspaper at your door Photo by Marieke Smulders

Around Xela you can see people bike delivering newsletters on all streets. You can hear the guys screaming “LA PRENSA”, “EL QUETZALTECO” ,NUESTRO DIARIO”.

Guatemalan newspapers

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Guatemalan newspapers by José Moreno

Which one of these newspapers prefer to read?

¿Cual de estos periodicos prefieres leer?

Dealer News

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Dealer News by José Moreno


In Xela, so spread the news, there are many forms, from people on a motorcycle, bicycle or in the parks, and there are also people who all their lives have done so, walk to your house.

En Xela, asi se reparten las noticias, hay muchas formas, desde personas en moto, en bicicleta o en los parques, y tambien hay personas que toda su vida lo han hecho así, a pie hasta tu casa.

Broadcasting from Radio T.G.D.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Broadcasting from Radio T.G.D. by José Moreno

SoSomething that I like it to take the baton of XelaDailyPhoto is that I know many places that exist but had never met, like this, Radio TGD founded the first radio at the South-West and that next year (February) will be celebrating its 75 wonderful years. A greeting to these proudly “Chivos”

Algo que me esta gustando de tomar la batuta de XelaDailyPhoto es que estoy conociendo muchos lugares que se que existen pero nunca había conocido, como este, Radio T.G.D. la primera radio fundada a nivel Sur-occidental y que el proximo año (febrero) estará cumpliendo sus 75 Magnificos años. Una felicitación para estos orgullosamente “chivos”

All the Colors, All the People

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

All the Colors, All the People by Luna McCarthy

Just a few shots of the 2012 feria.

The Coolest Thing Ever

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Coolest Thing Ever by Luna McCarthy

This WAS one of the coolest things I have ever seen for feria. The park of course, was FULL of people and music and food and people laughing and dancing and children eating cotton candy. But THIS projection on the bank…made my night!

Volcan de Fuego

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Volcan de Fuego by Jose Moreno

The big news today was the constan eruption of Volcan de Fuego, near Antigua, where up to 33,000 people were evacuated because of the ash and potential lava flows in surrounding villages. What you see here is the sky in Xela this afternoon, as captured by guest contributor Jose Moreno; the brown mixed in with the usual white, fluffy clouds is ash from the volcano.

Every New Beginning

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Every New Beginning by Luna McCarthy

…comes from some other beginning’s end. Words from the song “Closing Time” and although a little cheesy, they do have a certain good philosophy about them. Everything has a cycle of time in which it lasts; things are always changing and rarely static. Having said that I want to let everyone know that my partner Kat and I have decided to close Moonkat Dessert Lounge as of Sunday, August 26. We both have some very exciting new opportunities on the horizon and agree that this is the right time to let Moonkat end.

I also wanted to express a heartfelt thanks to you here in Xela who have supported us with your friendship and your business! It has been wonderful to hear people say how much they will miss the best cakes and waffles in town! A remembrance to all that has passed and a toast to the future!

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Reduce Reuse Recycle by Sergio Dominguez

On the note of garbage and waste and what to do with it all, we agree education is an important factor. Where to put the trash and HOW is a part of what needs to be learned. There is a movement in Xela to recycle many items; papers, cans and plastics. Now all we need to do it get out there and let people know how to sort and where they can take these items!

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.


Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Protest by Luna McCarthy

Last week there was a seemingly random protest of students that came down 12 Avenida. Although it was small, they held up traffic and their enthusiasm couldn’t have been stronger. I tried to figure out the signs or what the protest was about; some of the signs were about the education system, but some of the signs appeared to be about every possible issue. Some signs said “Justice” and other were just vague statements about how they wouldn’t put up with “it” anymore.

Do any of you local readers know what this protest was actually about…?

Xelaju Es

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Xelaju Es by Luna McCarthy

Thousands of people were in Parque Central and the surrounding blocks this weekend for the Xelaju Es Festival. There were concerts, a car show, tons of food, artisan crafts and textiles and dramatic presentations. I love how cultural Xela is and this was the exact festival to show off our cumulative talents!

Rockin’ “for” the Free World

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Concert by Luna McCarthy

On Friday night there was a big concert at the Municipal Theatre in protest of the possible “militarization” of the country, due to the new government. There were throngs of people who watched the concert…I’m not sure if they were just raising awareness or money as well, but it was great to see Guatemalans voicing out against worries of what the country’s future might hold.

Xela Loses a Hero

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Michael Johnson

Sad news arrived in Xela yesterday, as word started to spread that Michael Johnson, a Xela resident for many years, had passed away in the morning. Michael was a quirky character, known for his love of reading and literature, beautiful ladies and Cabro. As one of Michael’s many friends here in town, I personally have to say he was one of the most talked about and lovable characters that has graced the town of Xela in a long time. One knew that if Michael was around, there would be interesting, intelligent conversation and lots of laughs.

So many of us have always said that Michael had a heart of gold. This was proven in his final act of swimming out and trying to rescue another Xela resident from drowning in the ocean at Tilapita. John had swum out too far and gotten caught in the undertow and Michael, of course, did not hesitate to swim out to attempt to rescue him.

They will both be missed in Xela and sincerest of condolences to their family members.

And Michael…if there wasn’t already Cabro in heaven before, I’m sure there is now. Save a cold one for me Wilbur.

**Photo taken from Facebook.

Mario Camposeco Stadium

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Mario Camposeco Stadium by Luna McCarthy

The futbol stadium here in Xela is named after the famous Mario Camposeco. A terrific little article in the November issue of the Xelawho magazine (Do You Know Mario Camposeco?) explains the man behind the mystery.

After the Storm

Friday, October 14th, 2011

After the Storm by Caras Alegres

It’s extremely unusual that I would post someone else’s photos; however with the storm that hit Xela the last few days, I am not opposed to saying that there are a couple of pictures out there that were taken by other people that capture the effect the storm had, better than my own.

These two are an example of that: The above was taken and posted on the NGO Caras Alegres’ Facebook page, showing the house near Las Rosas where a young girl was killed in a mudslide and the physical damage that remained. The other photo was taken by an acquaintance of mine who lives in Calvario. This photo shows the mud left after the storm passed and the flooding had receded. You can find out how to support the families hit by the storm by searching for the Caras Alegres Facebook Page.

Most of the rains have stopped now, but the damage is still to be dealt with. There is flooding in many areas of the city, from Las Rosas to Mont Blanc, but hopefully this week, the rains will stop and the city can begin the clean up without fear of further storms. Fingers crossed.