Oct 02, 2004
May 27, 2005
Where I stayed
The Magic Hostel
. I am trying to decide if I should take some classes here. Yesterday, I went to a lovely town in the mountains called Hierve El Agua, thermal springs (not hot, unfortunately) where you can swim and admire the mineral formations the water has left behind. One looks like a petrified waterfall. On the return, we stopped at a mezcal factory, where we learned how they make it and got to taste!! The Magic Hostel is allowing me to attempt to recreate some of the food Ive tasted here, with kitchen service and hot showers!! OK enough with the exclamation points, you're thinking. Its hard to convey emotion to a computer screen, I would much rather tell you all these stories in person but this will have to do. Who knows how long this city will keep me here. Perhaps I will still be here in a week, soon after I must venture back to Chiapas. I must say that the slow life is the best, no watch, no schedule and plenty of time to breathe, appreciate and live!! Try to slow down atleast for 10 minutes every day, more if you can. Soon I will find an internet cafe that will allow me to connect my camera, I promise.
I am in Oaxaca city, full of culture, mercados, culinary creations and spirit!! Needless to say, I really like it here. I have found several libraries with a plethora of reading options and a cinema club!! I feel at home. My journey in a suburban up from the coast was not as bad as I had feared, although we were constantly climbing or descending mountains I did not get sick. Mind over matter, and the help of acupressure bands (they really do work). Puerto Escondido has a variety of beautiful beaches within 20 minute walk from the centro, and a fiesta atmosphere. My group of friends consisted of 10 different nationalities, everyone muy amable. I finally got one day of sun before I decided it was time to move on. Here in Oaxaca, I have enjoyed meandering through the streets of the centro historico, with old churches, restaurants, plazas and friendly people abundant. They love Benito Juarez and Che Guevara here, and I always see people in the zocalo making their political statements about multinational corporations, indigenous rights and social justice