Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oaxaca marked the beginning of our unplanned adventure.  From this point forward, the next specific time and place for being somewhere isnīt until late September.  Which, in many ways, sounds quite a ways of, but when you consider how much there is to do before then, (including, of course, enough beach time for relaxing) I think weīll be busy. 

Oaxaca is a nice little town, that seems to have grown on me the longer we were there.  The main town square is surrounded by trees and little resturants, and it has a very colonial feel to it -- meaning that there are lots of nice, colorful buildings on the streets and a bit cleaner of a feeling than others.  They also had a number of interesting markets there.  Hidden amongst other storefronts, you occasionally come across a door that leads into an entire square block of marketspace when you werenīt quite expecting it.  One of these was a typical market, divided into sections by what was being sold (hats, backpacks, fruit, spices, raw meat, etc).  The other had an entryway composed of an odd combination -- stands with raw meat and hot grills.  At the end was a set of tables.  Apparently you pick your meat, they cook it, and you eat it.  With the heat in that hall and the lack of refrigeration, I do hope that you pick fresh meat.  This opened up to a collection of a few dozen inexpensive resturants, which explained why we hadnīt found many the day before.  We did manage to try a few of the regional specialties before we left -- hot chocolate, mole (a very thick nutty, spicy, chocolaty sauce served over chicken) and grashoppers.  Fried and spiced, which apparently come in a wide variety of different flavors or levels of spicyness!
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