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... entered another world altogether. The Sierra is renowned for having many unique ecosystems, endemic plants mostly because it is basically a cloud forest. We were told it would get cloudy, and rain each day followed by near freezing temperatures. Indeed it was cold but we did not have any rain at all, mostly because we went all over Oaxaca the day before procuring rain gear.
The first day we hiked a total of fourteen kilometers to a little pueblo named ...
... in a pit fire for a week. Three tons of the heart are used at once.
Then ground with a mule turning the heavy stone.
After that filled ½ hot water and ½ cold water and is allowed to ferment in ...
... buildings and imagine what motivated these people. They used a building technique that was able to resist earthquakes, they had a very good knowledge of solar and lunar cycles, but they knew nothing of modern physics and they did go in for human sacrifice. As with Teotihuacan, the reason for city's abandonment is not known.
... to the local public showers a few blocks away. The showers are no great shakes, but at least they had water, and that was what mattered at this point. I was not a pleasant person to be around that day, I can assure you. (Marc adds: trust me, Elly is right about this one.)
So after that another new pump (#3) was installed .... resulting in the same problems. They took the pump back to the shop and tested it out -- ...
... they had a price for it. After much repetition of our favourite phrase (no, gracias) we sat down for a beer or two and were serenaded by a mariachi band. The two lads were visiting the local markets the next day so we decided to tag along given that:
A) The amount of Spanish we had between us could fit on a postage stamp
B) Irish people are not gifted at haggling
Up early the next morning and out the door ready for whatever Oaxaca had to offer. It turns out the ...