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Fijate vos, Who’s In Charge?

Hello again, Faithful Reader! Luckily, my column from last month’s issue of Qué Pasa was not spot on. I ranted and grumbled about how we’re beginning to see the effects of climate change and how the shortfall in previous years’ precipitation is causing problems. Well, our problems have not been magically solved, but this...

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Fijate Vos: The Vital Liquid

Greetings once again, Faithful Reader! We’re here at the beginning of the rainy season – or, at least, we’re supposed to be. Traditionally, the rainy season (or invierno – “winter” – as it’s known here in Guatemala) has started sometime in mid-May and run through sometime in mid-October. Over the past few years, however,...

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Fijate Vos: The State of the City, Part 1

Welcome to the shortest month of the year, Faithful Reader! Here we are in February, and we can now look back on the previous year… the political year, that is. As of the middle of January, Guatemala’s currently serving politicians at all levels – mayors and city councils; congressional diputados; and the President, the...

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Fijate Vos: Wrapping Up a Devil of a Year (and a Year of Devils)

Happy Arbitrary Starting-Point of another journey around the sun, Faithful Reader! One of the good things about having a column that appears in print only monthly is that I’ve gotta write just one essay per month – which is a big plus if you’re a huevón like me. The downside is those occasions when...

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Fijate Vos: Bah! Humbug!

Hello again, Faithful Reader! Brace yourself, because this month – in my own grumbling and Grinch-like way – I’m going to get a bit serious (as a curmudgeonly attempt to provide an antidote to the annual touchy-feely, syrupy-sweet, end-of-the-year holiday blather). During the Cold War, Guatemala was one of the world’s many battlegrounds in...

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Weather, Athletes, and Footnotes I feel sorry for the farmers. I know you’re wondering, Faithful Reader, if I have been kidnapped or if alien pod-people have taken over my body (or if the management at Qué Pasa has decided to replace me with another writer without letting you know). Charlie Chisme – a grumpy and...

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Languages, Fraud, and Rain Welcome once again, my Faithful Readers! When I write this column, sometimes I write it in English and then translate it to Spanish, sometimes I write in Spanish and translate to English, and sometimes I write in both and then untangle the two languages from each other as I go...

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On Your Marks… Get Set… Sport! Welcome to El Mes de la Patria, Faithful Readers! Smack-dab in the middle of the month – September 15th – Guatemala celebrates its 195th birthday. (The country’s bicentennial festivities are coming up in five short years! Have you made plans yet?) Among the many things that set Guatemalans’...

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Moon Over Guatemala Thank you for joining me once again, my Faithful Readers! La Antigua’s annual July festival celebrating the city’s Patron Saint – Saint James or Santiago – is over. The exhibitions and symposia have ended, the concert stages and Ferris wheels have been taken down, and a new Señorita Antigua has been...

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Of Puddles, Muddied Politicians, and Tsunamis Greetings, Faithful Readers! We’re well into the rainy season now, and the puddles on our beautiful but treacherous and highly uneven cobblestone streets seem to keep growing, threatening to engulf us all.* Antigüeños and tourists alike are advised not only to have their umbrellas handy, but also to...

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