White Mountain

Trip Start May 07, 2011
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Trip End May 15, 2011


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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Toured Monte Alban, the White Mountain, with our hired guide Senor Coyote.  Not his real name but this is the name he offered us when Steve approached him.  We did a tour of the ruins, learning many interesting facts about the peaceful Zapotecs who came to this area and built up a little city after shaving the top off of the mountain.  They didn't have pack animals, metal tools or wheels but somehow it all worked out.  They would have also had to carry water up to the top from Oaxaca, probably on their backs.
A series of carved stones known as the Dancers have recently been categorized as a sort of medical school in which different medical conditions were explained with the use of pictographs.
A beautiful sunny day on the mountain and a great way to spend a few hours.
We met a couple yet again from San Francisco on the bus ride back.  They joined us for lunch and we enjoyed some Micheladas in the zocalo area and then wandered around.  We tried an ice; I chose mango, Steve got something spicier.
After parting ways we met up with them again for drinks.  The place we chose wasn't yet open and it was raining so we headed to a different restaurant. We enjoyed some cervezas and then some food and tried fried grasshoppers which Nathaniel had bought for us earlier in the market.  They were actually a nice tasty salty snack which I made sure not to look at too closely before I popped them into my mouth!
Oaxaca is great.  We moved on from there to a cool local bar called Fandangos'.  More cervezas and good music and finally we walked home around 2.
Good times, good times!
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