Postcards from Oaxaca

Postcards from Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico where a photo is worth 1000 words.

Santo Domingo church is massive. We never saw it open to go inside.
Crispy tlayuda corn tortillas at a lunch counter in the 20 of November Market.
A tlayuda has a layer of refried beans, topped with Oaxacan cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and can be with or without meat.
Lovely white pottery vases at an art fair.
Typical Oaxacan dresses for sale at the artesan market.
A quinceañera. When a girl turns 15 she gets to have a huge party and in this case was serenaded by a mariachi band as she walked down the street.
Blasón Coffee. The climate has been perfect for outside dining.
Mole (MO-lay) is a typical Oaxacan dish with indigenous roots. There are 7 different moles and they can have up to 24 different ingredients including chilis, cacao, herbs and nuts. Some are sweet, salty or bitter. After tasting all seven, we chose which we wanted to order. Steve chose the red “Colorado” mole and I chose two: the red almond “Rojo Almendrado” which also had green olives and the green with white beans “Verde de Espinazo.” They were all very delicious.

We have found an area of Oaxaca de Juárez we like and as we explore street by street keep finding new places we’d like to eat. If we found a perfect Airbnb we might be tempted to stay longer especially since the weather is so perfect with the highs around 80°.

Hidden behind high walls are tranquil sweet smelling gardens. This one at the Hotel Casa los Cantaros had a wonderfully fragrant blooming jasmine.

Typically, tourists take photos of the beauty spots carefully framing their shots to eliminate people, garbage and any eyesores. In my blog I make an effort to be forthright and transparent. The following photo gallery includes photos I wouldn’t normally take nor want to share. I was totally surprised by the ugly barrenest of Oaxaca’s Zócalo (main plaza). It has the typical gazebo in the center, government building on one side and church on the other. It is surrounded by vendors tents and although it has some tall trees providing restful shade, the ground underneath is packed dirt totally void of plantings. Some buildings right on the square are boarded up. I do not know why; it could be due to earthquake damage or financial downturn due to Covid.

Interesting shadow. Interesting message. No opinion, no facts.

We finally scheduled flights to the USA and our time in Mexico is coming to a close. We need to keep moving so we’re heading north and climbing to higher elevations to Puebla in the state of Puebla first, and then the Capital City of Mexico, Mexico City.

Meet You in the Morning next time with The Cost of Travel in Oaxaca.

This place just made me smile.

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