The flight into Oaxaca from Mexico City was delayed by an hour and a half, so I didn't get in until after dark. The driver that had been sent to pick me up, Samuel, was right there and was such a nice man. He spoke excellent English, and guided me to the hotel and gave me some suggestions for dinner.
My hotel is right off the Zocolo, or central plaza of this colonial city. It was festooned with plantings of poinsettia for the holidays, and full of people out socializing. Families with kids and romantic couples strolled and sat upon the benches.
There were several Santa Claus characters taking pictures with kids.
There were roaming mariachi musicians and people selling all kinds of things, from balloons and toys to bark paintings and embroidery.
I sat at an outdoor cafe with a drink and some enchildas verde de pollo. They were delicious and far too filling for me to finish. It wasn't long before exhaustion overtook me and I went back to the hotel and slept like a baby.
This morning, after breakfast in the hotel courtyard, I took to the streets. I found one of the markets (there are several) and wandered around in it.
Tonight is the traditional festival La Noche de Los Rabanos, or the Night of the Radishes. This event dates back to the 1890s. People create dioramas by carving and assembling radishes into sculptures. This morning many of the competitors were setting up their displays - there will be more later on.
|A protester encampment|
I looked inside some of the churches and strolled up a few streets. There was a huge Christmas tree set up in a plaza, and also an ice skating rink. There were many people skating, but there were also a lot of people on skates clinging to the side walls - I guess there's not a lot of ice skating in Oaxaca!
The mountains loom over the city. Buildings are painted in bright colors, and decorated for Christmas.
|Cheese and dairy stall|
|Toy vendor in the plaza|
|Embroidery and textiles|
More adventures to come!