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North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca January 9th 2010

After returning to the beach for the Christmas and New Year holidays and camping there, we were literally itching for a hot shower. So, we drove over the mouantain again to the Emerald City, (Oaxaca), and have been staying with a friend who has a Temascal at her house. Over the holidays at the beach we participated in drumming classes with an american guy from New Mexico for a few afternoons. He had a large collection of African type drums and showed us how to do some simple drumming. Although it was not planned, we jumped right in on the night of the new years eve full moon party and had a great time. The many people there thought we were real pros improvising. But the beginers just did their simple parts and the whole thing ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca January 1st 2010

We had a blast in Oaxaca on New Years and here are some photos to prove it! Also, the street art section has been updated... check it out here.... Street Art... read more
salamander bar
salamander bar
i love mexico's bar food

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca December 22nd 2009

We arrived in the City of Oaxaca yesterday and are ensconces in a nice hotel and all ready for the famous Fiesta De Los Rabanos where local people carve large twisted grotesque radish tubes into strange shapes and display them on the main square on the night of the 23rd. The weather is quite cold for here and we have dug deep into the luggage for the cold weather gear. After leaving Antigua in Guatamala, we traveled to Xela (aka Quetzaltenango), and on to the border at El Carmen near Tapachula. We drove a long day up the coast on what seemed like super highway and arrived the same day in Ziploite. We are planning to spend christmas and new year o the beach. The road from the beach to the City of Oaxaca is as ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca December 21st 2009

Swimming in Mexico City through thick layers of smog and drowning in pollution. Winding up and down two lane highways for hours upon hours on our way to Oaxaca. Surrounded by untouched lands of barren landscape full of rocky terrain that is adorned with lanky cacti that are highlighted by the setting sun behind us. Racing against the descending sun and losing miserably into the dark highway of abyss. Upon arrival, Oaxaca's festive lights shine upon the vibrant essence of the Zocolo. Cafes and live music quench the thirst of both locals and tourists. Cobble stone streets escalate towards colorful colonial architecture. Simplicity...less is more. Out of the smog and into the dust we venture away form the tourist track. Four by four, side by side. Indulging in the city's cultural beauty and continuing onto the ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 20th 2009

Hola, We have landed in the land of Tequlia and Tacos. We have forgotten how hard it is not to speak the language however we are managing to get by with what we have learnt and with some sign language and pointing. Leanne even managed to purchase a memory card for her camera with the locals. First day in Mexico City was a public holiday, they were celebrating the revolution, hence there wasnt much open. But with Leannes great map skills we found our way around the city pretty easliy. That night we met the people from our tour and tour leader. There are 7 of us including Leanne and myself. Rick the tour leader, is from the South of Mexico and is in a rock goth band, which we looked up on myspace, not really ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca November 18th 2009

We spent one and half glorious months in oaxaca. it was everything and so much more than we had even hoped or expected it to be. both of us agreed whole heartedly that it was one of our favorite destinations on the entire trip. not only did we fall in love with the city but we loved our spanish language school, the friends we made and our teachers, the food we ate, the house and neighborhood we lived in, the mercados we frequented, the ruins and many day trips we took and so so so so much more. my brother graham also came to travel with us for 6 weeks. he was with us for our last 3 weeks in oaxaca and we had an absolute blast. i am 100% positive this added to the fact ... read more
Oaxaca Aeropuerto
exiting the plane...hello oaxaca
first sights of oaxaca

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca August 28th 2009

A map of where i've been that i´ll update as often as i can. I'll try to tag some photos too but i´m too tired to work that out now... ... read more

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca » Monte Albon July 21st 2009

Is been an interesting few days in Oaxaca (pronounced o-wack-a). Firstly, the noise: the Guelaguetza has been getting into full flow, and this mostly means, from our hostel where we have been getting in pretty knackered by about 9pm each night to sleep at 10pm, we start to hear the fireworks going off from about 10.05. When i say fireworks, I'm talking serious explosions here, that sound as though your garden has just been blown up. I imagine this is a little like what it must feel like to be living in a city under siege, but without the fear. Then the car alarms start, then the bank alarms go off, then Gigi and family get back from their celebrations and talk loudly until they go to bed. Safe in our little cocoons (Mum and Dad, ... read more
Mezcal factory
Making weaving wool
Explaining the dyes

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca » Monte Albon July 21st 2009

Ok, this makes up for the piddly little space I left myself to explain two of the particular wonders of Oaxaca... Mitla was indeed another beautiful site, opposite another very religious symbol - a colonial church (no division there!) - with some exciting tombs underneath that I surprised myself by scrabbling around in. It was dark and damp but exciting, and you could clearly see the three main burial chambers and the marvellous stonework that had carried on below ground -very exciting to be nuder a pyramid! I also managed this time to get up the steep steps, a whole flight, so maybe this is some way forward to being less ruled by Vertigo. l'll keep practicing. There are some amazing wall designs, made by the actual building blocks; rather than be carved in later or ... read more
Mitla - Zapotec walls
Pools at Hierve al Agua
Me, near the edge...

North America » Mexico » Oaxaca » Oaxaca July 18th 2009

An old friend has asked me via facebook, having read my blogs, exactly what I´m doing here. Not a clue, is my answer, aside from seeing as much as possible before I die, which is what I recommend everyone does frankly. I know she´ll agree. After Angel at BandB Mexico was so down on Bamba ("Pfft! All high all the time! Left a couple here for three days before taking them to the bus station! Rubbish!"), we were rather worried they wouldn´t show, especially after the disatrous initial conversation where Jas seemed to spend about ten minutes spelling our names and email addresses to a man who spoke no English. At 9.15am on Friday morning, the time they said they would pick us up by, we were really getting rather worried. But, at 9.17am, a very ... read more
Guelaguetza parade
Cortes. Any resemblance?
Guelaguetza parade

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