Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
43Trip End May 15, 2008
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Oaxaca has a fabulous zocalo where a brass band plays almost every night. It is also where it became clear to me that almost everyday in México, or at least where I have been, is treated like a festival with all sorts of crazy balloons for sale, cotton candy, music etc
The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is an incredible cathedral. Outside they were selling "nieve" (sort of like a snow cone) in various flavors to include one called "tuna" which is actually from the nopal cactus aka prickly pear. Oh my god, crimson and delicious and a Nuestra Señora! What else could you possibly ask for?!! All guides say not to eat this stuff but after being sick so often and only eating what I was "supposed to" I´ve entered some phase of ultra paranoia and complete apathy. It was good prickly pear nieva!! (nieva is snow en español)
The artists market is a great place to find some wonderful textiles
On my last day I got stung by a bee hanging out on my neck. I didn´t know he was there and he didn´t know what my sweeping hand was and thus we joined. Pulled about all of him out of my finger. Mostly I felt bad for the bee but this very nice man looked all over his store for tweezers where I pulled the rest of it out wondering "do I have the same allergy as my mother". Luckily no. Off to Cuautla for my next stop. Still can´t understand much spanish but I did learn that mantaquilla de mani (peanut butter in Guatemala) is completely unheard of. Mantaquilla de cacahuate (peanut butter in México) however is. Also, ya,ya,ya is used frequently. Meaning "already" I couldn´t figure it out but then learned that it also means "enough" or something like "ya, ok I get it".