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Winter Escape

sunny 28 °C

We decided to stay home this winter for the first time since 2007 – and then this happened...
For most Canadians a mere foot of snow is seen as a light frost, For example: Newfoundlanders are currently digging out from snowdrifts fifteen feet deep and skiers are having a great time on the slopes in the Rockies. The snow certainly looked pretty in our Japanese garden...
But almost as soon as it stopped snowing on our west coast island the white stuff turned wet and it rained – and rained – and rained. And, if the forecast is to be believed, it may never stop raining. So we packed our bags and made a dash for the airport. And here we are in the historic central plaza of Oaxaca City in sunny southern Mexico enjoying hot Mexican chocolate...
The bright blue skies and 28 degree temperatures remind us why more than 4 million Canadian 'snowbirds' fly to Mexico every winter. The sun shines all day, the margaritas are chilled and the hotel swimming pools are pleasantly warm – what more could we want...
Maybe some interesting culture and colonial architecture? This is the cathedral in Oaxaca City...
Oaxaca has been on our bucket list for awhile and we were headed there this time last year when we were forced to cut our trip short. So now we are here we will be soaking up the sun, practising our Spanish, visiting the ancient Zapotec and Mixtec ruins, and looking for an interesting little number for Sheila to wear at a very special upcoming birthday. Maybe one of these in Oaxaca market...
If it isn't right for the birthday she can always wear it to a wedding in May!

We have only been here a day and have already fallen in love with the markets – so much to see: so much to buy – especially the local potent booze - mezcal and the speciality cheese. One thing we have learned already is that mezcal apparently goes with anything; almost every shop sells it in one form or another – even the cheese shops, the cremerias...

As long as we can stay off the mezcal we will be back online in a day or so with a deeper look at this fascinating city.

Posted by Hawkson 19:19 Archived in Mexico

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Still raining on Gabriola! Please soak up some sun for us and bring it home with you. Alison and Steve

by Alison Douglas

Well this was a delightful surprise to hear from you so quickly. So happy for you to be in this beautiful part of the world. Enjoy every minute and glad you are on the road again because we get these travel logs and they help warm up the Canadian winters. Love to you both. T

by Trudy

We are eating Oaxacan cheese in Sayulita- it’s one of the best! I’m in Chacala now and had a visit with the Chelsoms this morning. Loving the sun too. Oaxaca is on my list too, although I don’t even have one. Safe travels, amigos.

by Joyce

Can't keep up with your travel plans. Was this really spur of the moment? Good move for sure. Watching Australian Open tennis and listening to leak from roof hitting pan on floor. No end of rain in near future according to weather channel.

by R and B

Bring on the sunshine. We did have some today briefly. Happy Trails!

by Sue Fitzwilson

These are beautiful bright pictures from where I sit listening to the rain in the dark.

by Janet

Oh, jealous - Oaxaca is our very favourite city in Mexico. We almost booked a flight there, but instead will be heading to Puerto Morelos for two weeks - for much the same reason - SUN.
Have fun - be sure to check out Los Danzantes for a wonderful comida corrida, complete with mezcal.
We will watch for your blogs with great interest.

by Ginny

Good for you guys. Why not take a side trip over here. The beaches are lovely and there are no weeds.

by Helen and Keith

Sun and bright colours are so appealing! Estoy muy celosa.
Oaxaca looks gorgeous.

by Heather Pettit

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