Oaxaca

Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
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Trip End May 15, 2008


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Couchsurfing

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

OK, first, the doctors in Oaxaca tried to kill me with Flagyl.  They had me on that and another strong antibiotic.  I got all crazy sweaty, vertigo, shaky, nauseated etc etc.  I got off the meds and, guess what, feel much better.  Between another bout of amoebas and evil meds I only had a few days to get to know Oaxaca.  I had my first couchsurfing experience which went fairly well.  The guy gave me his bed to sleep in while he slept on a hard bed frame in another room.  Only problem was on my last night he kept trying to hold my hand and touch me, not aggressively or anything, just kind of weird since I had stayed there for 8 nights.  I am currently in my second place though and have had no such problems.

Oaxaca has a fabulous zocalo where a brass band plays almost every night.  It is also where it became clear to me that almost everyday in México, or at least where I have been, is treated like a festival with all sorts of crazy balloons for sale, cotton candy, music etc.  There is also great food.  Oaxaca is known for its quesilla, a stringy type mozzarella and, no, it is nothing like that found in 7-11s.  This stuff is goooood and served in all sorts of manners.  I also started to eat some spicier food, as in food with any spice to it, all to the demise of my frustratingly sensitive stomach.  I did find a restaurant serving comida tipica vegetarian style.  Comida tipica is basically a 3-4 course meal at highly reasonable rates sold mostly around lunch time but also breakfast and dinner in some places.  For all those vegetarians head to Flor de Loto near the zocalo, otherwise I have found it more expensive to eat as a vegetarian because most deal meals have lots of meat in all sorts of spanish names.

The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is an incredible cathedral.  Outside they were selling "nieve" (sort of like a snow cone) in various flavors to include one called "tuna" which is actually from the nopal cactus aka prickly pear.  Oh my god, crimson and delicious and a Nuestra Señora!  What else could you possibly ask for?!!  All guides say not to eat this stuff but after being sick so often and only eating what I was "supposed to" I´ve entered some phase of ultra paranoia and complete apathy.  It was good prickly pear nieva!! (nieva is snow en español)

The artists market is a great place to find some wonderful textiles.  I am at the point now though that I only want to go to such places if I am ready to buy at that moment.  There are very good sales people working at all markets.  They make car sales folk look like nothing (as a past car sales woman (???yes weird 6 months) I can personally vouch for this).

On my last day I got stung by a bee hanging out on my neck.  I didn´t know he was there and he didn´t know what my sweeping hand was and thus we joined.  Pulled about all of him out of my finger.  Mostly I felt bad for the bee but this very nice man looked all over his store for tweezers where I pulled the rest of it out wondering "do I have the same allergy as my mother".  Luckily no.  Off to Cuautla for my next stop.  Still can´t understand much spanish but I did learn that mantaquilla de mani (peanut butter in Guatemala) is completely unheard of.  Mantaquilla de cacahuate (peanut butter in México) however is.  Also, ya,ya,ya is used frequently.  Meaning "already" I couldn´t figure it out but then learned that it also means "enough" or something like "ya, ok I get it".
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starlagurl
starlagurl on

Aw, couchsurfing...
That's too bad when people get the wrong idea about Couchsurfing. There's a topic in the forums on that subject: http://www.travelpod.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=6280

You're not the only one with weird experiences, check it out!

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

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