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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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Under These Circumstances…

Happy Patriotism Month!   September is a very patriotic month in Guatemala. Right smack-dab in the middle of the month – on the 15th –  is Independence Day, the date in 1821 that Guatemala and the rest of Central America declared their freedom from Spain. In hindsight, it was sort of a non-event. First...

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FIJATE VOS: Inundations, Precipitation and Politics

Salutations una vez más, my Faithful Readers. What passes for “summer” here in the Land of Eternal Springtime is just about over. It’s been quite warmish – mid-20s to around 30° Celsius (that’s upper 70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit for our brethren from stuck-in-an-illogical-method-of-measuring-things Gringolandia) – but to hear many tell it, it’s been as...

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Fijate Vos…A Tale of Two Cities

Greetings once again, my Faithful Readers…   Congratulations for having picked up this issue of Qué Pasa and having flipped to my award-winning column. (Being voted as the Author Whose Writings Are Most Likely To Be Used To Line Birdcages by the Garbage Collector’s Association is an award… of sorts.) Or you may be...

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Fijate Vos… The Lenten Musings of a Grouch

Greetings of the season be upon ye, my Blessed Readers.   This month here in La Antigua, Lent is in full swing (if I may be so bold as to use that verb when talking about Cuaresma). The city is decked out in its finest purple regalia, and it’s getting hard to walk more...

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