Field trip #2: Mexico’s fantastical creatures

  One day, a man fell ill, and in his dreams he was visited by fantastical creatures–brightly colored mashups of real animals and mythological creatures. Suddenly, they all came together and began chanting, “Alebrijes, alebrijes, alebrijes!” It was enough to scare away his illness, and when he recovered, he began to recreate the dream-creatures in […]

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Oaxaca field trip #1: Teotitlán del Valle

  My sister and nephew had come to visit me in Oaxaca, escaping the icy grip of the polar vortex in the frozen north. When you have been on the road for months, a visit from home is sweet. You may have gotten used to being solitary and invisible, but it’s nice to finally have […]

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Oaxaca: city of food and dance

  The bus wound down the mountain from the tiny Zapotec pueblos where I’d spent the past week. Cool, evergreen forests gradually gave way to heat, traffic, and congestion. To the valley floor where the city of Oaxaca sprawls in a dusty bowl surrounded by mountains. Outside the bus station, a mosh pit of taxis […]

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I’m baaaaack!

  Six months. That’s how long it’s been since my last post. Can’t say this long silence hasn’t bothered me. It’s been like an itch in a place I can’t scratch. I also can’t say I haven’t considered throwing in the towel for good and letting my little opus slide silently into the blog boneyard. […]

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Pueblos Mancomunados–authentic ecotourism in the mountains of Oaxaca

The city of Oaxaca is a destination for food.  (What these folks can do with chocolate, chili, tamarind, and a handful of secret ingredients will blow your taste buds.)  It’s also known for its strong indigenous culture, which, in turn, means lots of traditional dress, dance, and artesanal goods. Colorful shops and markets of all […]

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