|A little slash and burn for cattle on our way to Oaxaca|
After a very winding six hour drive from Puerto Escondido, we arrived to Oaxaca in the late afternoon.
|This is our favorite stop for Chocolate Frio, the best in the world cold chocolate milk|
|This door didn't even had a sign "Se Renta," but we knocked anyway.|
The apartment is secured by three locked doors and five dogs and it has a patio with a spectacular view. It even came with a couple of very cute and affectionate cats (they live upstairs with our neighbors, but Bookie, the kitten, thinks she belongs to us and even more so she thinks our bed belongs to her). What else do we need?
|Me and the crew at Oaxaca Streetchildren|
|Inside Pan y Mas Bakery|
My alarm rings at 6:45 am; even though I am on vacation I try to get up early every morning. I exercise for an hour - I usually do my Pilates routine on our patio overlooking the city of Oaxaca. It's great to do it first thing in the morning before it gets too hot. Sometimes, instead of Pilates, I take a walk/run up the hill behind our house. First, you go up the stairs to where the amphitheater is (where the famous Guelaguetza dance festival honoring the goddess of corn takes place every July) by the Benito Juarez statue (Benito Juarez is very popular here as he spent his youth living and studying in Oaxaca).
If you keep walking past the amphitheater, you will come upon the Oaxacan Planetarium. From there you can walk all the way up the mountain; the view from up there is fantastic.
After my exercise, I take a shower, Aaron and I make green smoothies for breakfast (yeah!), and then I am ready to go to the Centro. I volunteer at the Centro every day; I teach English, help children with their homework, help out in the kitchen as well as in the administration, basically whatever is needed. The Center is a lot of fun; I am meeting many other volunteers and am able to practice my Spanish with the kids (luckily for me the kids are very patient teachers). The organization is very volunteer friendly; it's free and you get to pick your own schedule. If you are interested, please visit their website for more information http://www.oaxacastreetchildrengrassroots.org/.
|This is me and 15 year old Rogelio during one of my private English classes|
|Oaxacan Hot Chocolate Time!!!|
I sometimes get up with Aneta and do her torture Pilates workout or we go running up the hill and I make her run all the way up since she gets me up at 7am to go running, so we must run. I then do a little research on the Internet about Oaxaca, where we are going to go next when we leave here or about destinations in other countries we will be going to next. After that I practice Spanish for an hour or two with flash cards, audio files or online programs. Then, it is time to go to the bakery or restaurant; I was helping out at the bakery for the first three weeks that we were here and now I am at the restaurant.
|I made these calzones at the bakery|
|Chef Rodolfo of Origen Restaurant|
|The face of a Woman who has not seen Chocolate in a while...|
|Now, the face of a Man :)|
|Map of the Oaxaca area showing the large amount of activities surrounding the area|
|A little Chapuline (grasshopper) tasting on the street with Shannon and Brenton of Ruined Adventures, no we are not the only ones doing a trip like this. You can also check out Overland Sphere for other overlanders all over the world.|
|The Chapulines are with our favorite flavors of... you guessed it! Salt, Chile and Lime. And Garlic.|
|The Polish Pope John Paul II is in almost every church we have been to in Mexico; the Mexican people Love Papa!|
|Santo Domingo Church|
|Interior of Santo Domingo Church. Over 60,000 pieces of 23.5 K gold leaf paper were used to adorn it.|
|Danzon (dancing) in the Zocalo on Wednesday Evenings|
|Dinner on our terrace with Shannon and Brenton from Ruined Adventures|
|We accidentally came upon this Corpus Christi procession as we do with most events in Mexico|
|A parade for pretty much walking around the Zocalo and drinking some Mezcal!!!|
|Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción|
|Music in the Zocalo|
|View from our terrace|
|Guelaguetza Dance Festival Amphitheater, it is above our house so we never get lost going home|
|View of Monte Alban from our "running" area|
Pan y Mas
|Aaron with Suzane and Georgina in the kitchen|
Pilates on the Terrace
|You're doing it all wrong guys|
|Yes, Master Aneta|
|Aah!!! Much better boys, now hold that for one minute|
|Great form, Aneta|