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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca May 26th 2015

It feels like Washington right now. Its both kind of nice and also chilly since I´ve already acclimated. The weather can change here as fast as it can change at home. The past few days haven´t been so bad, but its gone from almost 90° hot and sunny to heavy rain and dark clouds and/or thunder multiple times. I like it. My days have been very relaxed and lovely. If I don´t go to 8:30 yoga down the street, I can sleep in as late as I want! I miss making coffee and being at Enzos, but it sure has been a while since I´ve had this kind of schedule and Im loving it. I´ve communicated with different eco village and healthy communities with the focus being practice in yoga, meditation, natural diet, and service. Some ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca May 21st 2015

Hola! It's another hot one in Oaxaca. I start working in reception today. It's pretty low key and most of the guest speak English over Spanish so it shouldn't be too challenging. I'm getting coffee with a nice woman who was at the English speaking AA group that's just a few blocks away. She and everyone else there were very friendly and welcoming. It was actually an emotionally sensational experience for me that was unexpected. I didn't realize how connected it would make me feel to the community and to my group back home. As soon as we started saying the serenity prayer, I almost cried. Feeling so strongly connected to home when you are so far away, is a powerfully joyous feeling. Also, today I have 4 months totally sober! I'm very happy and proud ... read more
Me and Ida

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca May 15th 2015

Well then. I have been snapchatting up a storm. Snapchatting is my substitute for interaction now haha. Not really, I've actually met some cool people at the hostel already. Most people you meet traveling are nice, which is good because the infantile stage of a big transition like this makes me sensitive and a bit weird. I find it hard to be confident while traveling sometimes. I feel very confident at home in my element, but going out and seeing many different kinds of people is very thrilling and a bit unsettling at times lol. Like I said, this is the beginning and hardest part. Uprooting and then putting yourself majorly out there is challenging. Especially because Orcas is so different and special. The character traits and behaviors that come as lovely, endearing child-like magical wonder, ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca January 5th 2015

11/12/14 oaxaca Emanuel moest gaan werken in puebla en kon mij met de " coche " droppen in puebla. Nog een bus van daaruit proberen te vinden richting capu, " estation de autobussen". Puebla is de derde grootste stad van Mexico, niet te onderschatten! Is ook een enorm snel groeiende stad! Hier is een Volkswagen fabriek waardoor hier veel Duitsers aanwezig zijn! Nog niet gemerkt eigenlijk.. maar dit verklaard ook direct waarom hier nog zoveel kevers en T2 busjes rondrijden! Helaas geen t1 - busjes, dit blijkbaar omdat ze hier niet gemaakt werden volgens stoffel. Ik nam een bus, First class waardoor ik reeds in 4 uur in oaxaca was. Twee Spaanse films bekeken, eigenlijk Amerikaanse films waar ze het Spaans inspreken. Waarom ze niet met ondertitels werken, tja geen idee eigenlijk. Is een goeie manier ... read more
Hierve el agua/ Oaxaca
Hierve el agua/ Oaxaca

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 6th 2014

We arrived in Oaxaca on the night bus from San Cristobal, which was surprisingly comfortable and we had a reasonable amount of sleep. However, we didn't appreciate the police stop at about 6am when we all had to get off the bus and have our hand luggage searched. I'm not really sure what they were looking for as it was a rather pathetic search but maybe that was because I look so innocent. We had decided to visit Oaxaca to be there for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is a holiday for remembering and honouring the dead and Mexico's most important holiday. It is a festive and joyous occasion where Mexicans invest lots of time and money in the celebrations. Oaxaca is well known for their celebrations which last several days. We ... read more
Street food
Cooking class

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca » Monte Albon June 16th 2014

I woke up bright and early this morning to go to Monte Alban. This is one of the most important archeological findings in the entire world. Monte Alban sits on the very top of the mountains surrounding Oaxaca. The zapotecas were an indigenous people that built this city before the Spanish came. The zapotecas inhabited Monte Alban from 500BC to 800AC. Monte Alban is filled with temples and a view you only see in magazines. After Monte Alban we took a short trip to Cuilapan de Guerrero. This monastery was dedicated to an incredible man named Vicente Guerrero. He was the second president of Mexico and led a great movement to help the oppressed races of Mexico. After Cuilapan de Guerrero our coordinator Layla took us to get a traditional Oaxacan lunch. In Mexico lunch is ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 19th 2014

Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ca) is a lovely city, small but lively with colourful streets, beautiful churches and plazas filled with street hawkers and live music. On our first day we did a bit of exploring and found a great indoor market with mountains of fruit and veg as well as cheese stalls, places to buy rice and pulses, a butcher and a fish counter. We bought food to cook with: the tomatoes and peppers were gloriously sweet and the avocados were perfect. At the back of the market, there were a couple of places set up for lunch. The one we chose was run by a round and rather severe looking woman. She used a large metal press to make tortillas which she then fried on a scalding hot plate before filling with a variety of ingredients ... read more
Plaza de Santo Domingo
Local kid at weaving coop
Weaving stuff

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 17th 2014

Hi, It has been more than a month since my last blog entry. Even the website has changed since then. Well, I drowned my camera with a bottle of water in my purse. I had to go to Sams Club to buy a new one. One good has a panoramic view (See the photos at the beginning of the blog - something new on the site). One bad does not have a museum setting. But the choices here are less, so I'm glad I was able to get a replacement camera. I will try to pick through an assortment of pictures. I hope that they bring a measure of pleasure. Please know that I put the pictures in a certain order but the website kind of jumbles them up. They are trying to get ... read more
Otra Vista al Ex-Convento de Cuilapam de Guerrero
El Mercado de Zachila el Jueves
El restaurante en el mercado de Zachila

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 1st 2014

Hello again. Condensed blog since I have to rewrite the one I wrote but lost. We arrived in Oaxaca at 8am after 14 hours through the mountains. Arriving it looked like another big city that we prob wouldnt like. We were wrong. Oaxaca which we were still having trouble pronouncing was laid back and like all places we have been to very family orientated. They also love their churches and they are on every corner. The next day we decided to get out of the city. There were heaps of places offering tours out to the Mezcal distillaries. Mezcal is kind of the brother of Tequila but from the Oaxaca area. Fun fact true Tequila bottles will never contain a worm, Mezcal will. We were told we could get a collectivo from out the front of ... read more
Agave truck
Mezcal tour

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca March 13th 2014

Hi everyone, I am still in awe of my good fortune in being here in Oaxaca and having all of the many wonderful experiences. There is truly no other place that I would rather be. I am now posting pictures of the clinic where I volunteer and the school where I study. You can then see why I considered myself fortunate. I wish you could all be here in person to experience Oaxaca.... read more
El laboratorio y los trabajadoras
La otra quimica
La domestica con nosotros

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