Settled into Oaxaca for a few months
Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
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The night was interesting and I easily waked 5 miles following parades and celebrations. I headed to the Zocalo for dinner and while I was paying my bill after the meal, a parade of people where coming around the perimeters of the square. Turns out my new friends Lacey and Ed who were in from the states for a wedding that day, were participants in the parade
Then, I headed up the hill further towards where I wanted to look for an apartment. I heard about a religous festival that was taking place and wanted to find it. I did. It was the festival of the "black Jesus". No lie. He wasnīt brown, he was black and sporting a lovely champagne colored satin skirt as he hung from the cross. They LOVE to dress all their dieties down here. There was a solemn but beautiful procession from the church around the neighborhood, and back to the church. It really was beautiful. About a 100 banners that were blue and red velvet highly ornamented with the local tin work they have here, as well as framed photos of varies dieties. The group chanted the entire time it paraded. Most carried flowers and candles. Quite peaceful and lovely.
The next day, I took to the streets and walked for about 5 hours looking around town at different neighborhoods trying to decide where I wanted to settle for a bit
The place is great and exactly where I wanted to be. A little language emersion without actually having to live in the same house as a family. It is a bakery and house combined with my apartment upstairs. It is set back a bit from the street and opens up to a courtyard area. The storefront is at the street. They are a lovely family -- grandmother Estella, Rosie and Fernando (parents) and two teenage sons....Juan 15 next week, and Gabrielle who is 12. They occupy the courtyard and downstairs area. I have a spacious two room apartment with a huge porch upstairs. They could not be nicer if they tried. The bakery and wood fired oven are also off the courtyard. They bake only sweet treats. Can I tell you how amazing the place smells. I go down in the morning and get myself a fresh baked sweet roll to have with my breakfast. Could be dangerous long term for my waistline.
Rosie has been really nice, sending up special aguas (waters) with the boys and letting me taste some of her special moles. She promises some cooking demonstrations for me in my future. I suspect once my Spanish picks up a bit, our friendship will develop more. La Doņa, Estella, is quite old and quite small. She still works out front at night and I think she goes off somewhere in the morning with goods from the bakery as well--a vending location of some sort
The weather is perfect every day. Itīs the dry season, so no rain for a few more months. Every single morning when I get up it is about 80-85 degrees, sunny and dry. At night it cools off quite a bit (we are at an altitude of about 5000 feet), but cold is not a word I would use to describe it. Pleasant for sleeping.
I have found an English lending library and have been tearing though books at the rate of one about every day and a half. I decided to take one more week off before starting school next Monday. Iīm going to venture outside of town tomorrow for the first time and hope to hit a few villages this week while Iīm still out of school. So much to see here itīs amazing, and exciting. But for now, Iīm giving myself permission to rest and adjust. My cupboard is stocked and I have books on the night stand. My life could be worse.