Oaxaca

Trip Start Sep 10, 2005
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Trip End Apr 27, 2006


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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hola,

Arrived in Oaxaca at 6:30 in the morning. I took an overnight bus (6 Hours) from Mexico city that smelled bad. I smelled the seats, I smelled my neighbor, I smelled my feet. I couldn“t figure out..and then I used the bathroom...yikes..I was smelling pee! Otherwise it was pretty uneventfull.

I am living with a great family here. The espinosas! They are so nice. The house is big and beautiful. I live with Inelva and her husband Ricardo, her sister her 2 nephews and their wives and 2 maids! Thank goodness it is such a great accomodation (very different than Guatemala) because the day i arrived i got really sick..strep throat.....yes, that's right...again. In case anyone is counting that“s 3 times within a year!

The food is good--I was served tuna juice this morning!! It is not as nasty as it sounds. ATŁN is the spanish word for tuna...but TUNA in espanol means the flower of the some cactus! It is quite good!

A visit to the local mercados is a crazy experience. There are many interesting foods there, including the popular snack chapulines (grasshoppers) served with lime and chili powder. They like to eat worms here too...in salsa, in mescal, in tequila. Lots of tortillas, beans, intersting meats, and really yummy salsas. I tried raw sugarcane for the first time. They make a good soup from the flowers of the squash plant(flor de calabaza). The hamburgers on the street are thin but are served with grilled pineapple, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and jalepenos! I am loving the food although I am hankering for a hunk of cheese (cheddar)!!! the cheese is good--but very different here.

I have visited serveral of the locals pueblos near oaxaca. One pueblo that specializes in alebrijes (colorful painted animals) and another that specializes in black pottery, another in wool woven rugs dyed with many natural dyes such as marigold flowers and cochineal bugs! I have also seen some of the ruins near by--Monte Alban, and Mitla. A highlight was this place with natural mineral pools called Hierve el Agua. We swam in these pools that look as though they fall off the side of a cliff, and near by is a petrified waterfall. Awesome day!

This town is so creative. Art everywhere! Yesterday my friends and i went all over town visiting the many museums here. Lots of contemporary art and indigenous art. we had a great time getting creative with our photography. I tried to include a cool movie effect with this blog from one of the museums.

The whole town is gearing up for the day of the dead. It is a big event..like christmas. The tourists have flocked to the town in droves it seems--they are coming out of the woodwork! There are all kinds of things going on here..alters in every home and shop. Decorations and marigolds everywhere. We are going to visit a cemetary on Monday night at midnight--and then come back to have a typical oaxacan meal. My next blog will be all about the day of the dead.


hope all is well--happy halloween!

Jen
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