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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca September 24th 2019

Today our driver who is Elmundo and is Erik the boss's, not Erik the viking's, brother and Plina and Rupret's brother drove us to Mont Albon a historic site outside Oaxaca. On the way there was a noise from the back of the car. Elmundo assured us it was just the back wheel, which is clearly nowhere near as important as say steering failure. Monte Alban is an impressive archeological site built by the Zapotecs an others, however it fell into decay and largely disappeared around 700AD. These Zapotecs were clever little buggers. They had devised a game which was kind of like Quiddich in Harry Potter. Elmundo was also our guide and he did an excellent job, although I did notice that he left most of the stair climbing to us. Monte Alban was discovered ... read more
No altitude sickness here
Mexican botany

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca September 21st 2019

This morning we have a lovely breakfast in the hotel. I'm not really one for meeting random people that I'll never see again (Wilko is). I grudgingly spoke to Fred and Cheryl from somewhere in the US. Apparently neither of them like Mexican food but they've decided to visit Mexico to see how well the Mexicans do Italian food. Talking about food, Catherine has booked us into cooking class with Rupret's sister, Plina. We meet her on the terrace of her restaurant and then head into the food market. There is a lady out the front sitting on the ground selling herbs and vegetables. Becs trying to get a bit of colour asks Plina how far from the city she lives and how she gets in. She is quite fair way out so she catches a ... read more
Mixed Platter

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 19th 2019

Day 3 Today we spent the entire day near the Santo Domingo Culture Center. Once a church this area serves many purposes now. The one we enjoyed the most today was the Jardin de Ethnobotanicals. These gardens are open only three days a week and admit a limited number of visitors to protect the plants from vandals and piracy. The first area features desert plants much like we would see in far West Texas. The most interesting area was the gardens of maize that showed the evolution of maize from ancient times to present day. The diet of this area has not changed a lot. They people still are primarily vegetarians. Tropical plants including orchids were in another area. A twelve month growing season guarantees large leaves and healthy stems. We left and headed to a ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca December 9th 2018

As I write this we have only three days left of our two weeks in Oaxaca and wish we were here for longer. Perhaps next year we will spend a month. We came to this great little town, only an hour’s flight from Mexico city/ two hours from Houston, a couple of years ago for Christmas. We fell in love with the food and the easy going people and the small number of foreign tourists. When Kate found the great reviews for the ‘Spanish Immersion School’ it was a no brainer to kick off our South American trip with a little Spanish learning in Oaxaca. We have been doing one-on-one Spanish for five hours a day split over two instructors - half in the morning and half in the afternoon. The school however offers whatever combination ... read more
Festival or Its a Knock Out practice
THis little lad was part of a wedding procession going through town.  If you look closely you will see that the anoimal is actually covered with fireworks.  We didnb't get to see him lit up . (2)
Cooking Lesson - cheese stuffed plantain

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 13th 2018

Today we have nothing specific planned. We have to be out of our room by midday so we spend the morning lounging around and then decamp to the very comfortable lounge area of the hotel to write up yesterday’s blog - I was much too tired that do it last night! It’s not so hot today...overcast and actually threatening rain! We are wondering whether to take a trip out to a couple of artisan towns. Our German companions from yesterday have told us they are OK but nothing particularly spectacular - they were thrown in as additional stops on a Monte Alban minibus tour that they did the day before. Still, we have nothing better to do! The town of Arrazola produces colourful wood carvings - all made from the coral tree. San Bartolo Coyotepec produces ... read more
Something else
Hotel courtyard
Cloudy daybreak on the bus to St Christobel

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 11th 2018

I didn’t get much rest last night - I think this must be the city that never sleeps! We are opposite the town indoor market and the shouting went on till at least 2am...by which time I was wide awake too! We have planned an early start today so I sleep walk into breakfast. Oaxaca is definitely well marked on the tourist trail. The good news is that this means a great European breakfast as there are lots of tour groups here! I enjoy fresh fruit and yoghurt as well as scrambled eggs with ham. Ian is tucking into toast and Nutella. You can have too much of an authentic experience at times so we are glad to deviate. It also means we won’t be snacking! Breakfast was a slight rush as we want to be ... read more
View of the eastern temples and palace, seen from the South Platform
The sunken patio, and broken columns beyond
Olmec prisoner of war stone carving

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 10th 2018

It’s another early start. Our bus leaves the central station at 8.25am and that’s right on the other side of the city. We have packed our bags and are just deciding whether to return the fan to the room we purloined it from...after the hassle involved in changing rooms we decided just to help ourselves to the missing items in the new room rather than to ask! We check out. It’s the sour faced woman that wanted to house us in the hell hole. She takes our key unsmilingly and not so much as an adieu...clearly she has not forgiven us for standing our ground! Our Uber arrives promptly and we are at the bus station within half an hour giving us plenty of time to purchase goodies for brunch. Security is cleared and our bus ... read more
Mountain views
Arriving at Oaxaca City
Chocco lollipops

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca October 31st 2018

Monday Oct 29-31 - Day 3&4 - Oaxaca Next on our list was Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ka), a beautiful city bordered by mountains and thick forests, with a very pleasant Plaza de la Constitución where we ate, drank and watch the world go by. After a hearty breakfast we caught another mini bus travelling 4-5 hours to Oaxaca. Along the way we came across, what we thought was an accident. After asking Alfredo, he said that several trucks had formed a blockade across the highway in protest for better conditions and pay. Everyone had to turn around and take the old and very windy road as we were going through the mountain range. This was apparently the way that protests are effective!!! One of our fellow travellers was car sick along the old road as it was ... read more
Oaxaca during the Day of the Dead Festival (59)
Santo Domingo de Guzman Museum - Oaxaca (64)
Monte Alban ruins near Oaxaca(140)

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca May 26th 2018

Oaxaca is our last stop in Mexico. If I remember correctly a Mexican work colleague recommended that I visit Oaxaca, and I can understand why, it is perhaps the best place we have visited in Mexico so far. We end up spending 3 days here – a day longer than originally planned - as the bus to the border with Guatemala (there is only 1 a day and this is overnight) is full on Saturday. The city is a bit of a cultural hub and attracts a fair number of visitors. It’s also one of the more indigenous areas of Mexico so there is a strong tradition of local crafts here. If we were in the market for a woven rug or other Mexican gifts then this would be a very good place to buy them. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca April 18th 2018

After writing the two blog entries about Cuba and making the video about our casa particular, we were all feeling great about life and then we discovered that some, but not all of the cash had been taken from our wallet and the only people who could have done that were the owners of our place. So, we confronted them about it and ended up spending half a day at the police station. The police clearly suspect them, but I don’t think anything will be done about it. So, we move on and try to put it behind us. A few days later we are on a crowded subway train in Mexico City. I am standing near the door when there is a sudden push from behind me. Are people trying to get off the train??? ... read more
Not Gimp Masks
Taxco
Oaxaca




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