Oaxaca City, Mexico
January 2009
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The Culture, continued

Big posters announced this concert for December 30, which was either postponed or encored because we saw it on January 10.

We found a vacant spot on a wall just off to the side, but behind the TV cameras.  The concert was on TV the following Tuesday night.

Susana Harp is a big name in Mexico.

Her concerts feature children.  I think she supports their school.

A costume change.  In spite of using a cane when she arrived, Ms. Harp performed a full 1 1/2 hours on her feet with no break.

Sexism is alive and well in Mexico, as shown on this sign at a restaurant advertising for a good looking female between 18 and 26.

The textile museum had a show of ikat from around the world, including Japan (kasuri).

The museum also teaches weaving.

The doctor is in, or rather outside this pharmacy on a Saturday morning.

A highlight of the trip was a tour of the Ethnobotanical Garden

Every plant here is native and was, or still is, used by the natives.  Oaxaca state has more plants, animals and birds than almost any other place on earth.  It is second only to Brazil in the number of cacti.

The corn was just being harvested.

Frangapini.  Beautiful, but I do not remember its use.

Cactus makes a functional and attractive living fence.

The human gives scale to the cactus.

Pat shopping.

A weavers workshop.

Pablo Gonzalez was our guide.  Here we are in the mountains on our birding day.

I could not photograph the many birds we saw, but this dusky flycatcher cooperated. We also saw orchids and bromeliads blooming.

Following my interest we located one knife sharpener at the market,

and another in the park near our apartment.  Unlike the earlier machine, this bicycle was still ridable.

Our B&B Apartment "Find"

We spent 10 wonderful days in Oaxaca city staying at Casa Maye.  We wanted a room with kitchenette for this longer stay and came across Casa Maye at www.mexonline.com   They have 5 one bedroom apartments with varying sleeping arrangements for 2, 3 or 4 people each.  They are located on a quiet cross street just a block from Llano Park, 5 blocks from Santo Domingo and 12 blocks from the zocalo.  Several good restaurants are nearby.  The walk to the zocalo is mostly on a pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants.  The bus running by Llano took us to and from downtown when we were not up to the walk.  The ICO is a block away if you are going for language or culture lessons.  We were also near less touristy sites like Jardin Conzatti, Las Arquitos (the old aqueduct) and Pochote where an organic market is held.  There was also a small organic grocery just 2 doors down the street.

Casa Maye is an apartment complex recently converted to a B&B.

Pat poses with Senora Maye Mendez and Juanita, the manager, cook, maid, translator, guide and friend. 
Yes, it was cool in the mornings and evenings.

Other lodging we considered included Las Mariposas http://mexonline.com/mariposas.htm where friends stayed.
Another favorite is Case de las Bugambilas http://www.mexonline.com/bugambil.htm
We looked into Casa Conzatti and liked what we saw.  www.casaconzatti.com.mx
For more selection see http://mexonline.com/oaxaca/oaxaca-lodgings.htm or search on http://www.tripadvisor.com for Oaxaca.

Every trip is made worthwhile by seeing a smiling Pat across the table.

By popular demand, another picture of me.


Our trip to Merida see  http://stevebottorff.com/Merida/
For more about the baroque organs in Oaxaca see
For more about San Jeronimo church see
For a Oaxaca guidebook we recommend Viva Oaxaca
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