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Ten Things We Will Miss About Oaxaca

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Our short time in Oaxaca as come to an end and we are delighted that we were able to bring the sun home with us to cheer up a dreary Canadian winter for our friends. This is the sunrise from our kitchen window this morning...

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So what will we miss about our time in Oaxaca? We will miss:
The history and culture of the Zapotecs and the ruins of their splendid cities like Monte Albán...

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...and the razzmatazz of daily life in Oaxaca City's central square, the Zocalo – especially the lively music and dancing in the evenings...

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...and the military parade on Mexico's Constitution Day of February 5th

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We will certainly miss the numerous talented street musicians who entertained us wherever we sat for a meal...

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...and the incredible cleanliness of everything and everywhere. Rarely have we been in such a clean city – especially in a tropical climate where so much of life takes place on the streets. Street cleaners are hard at work day and night keeping Oaxaca immaculate...

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Also missed will be the inexpensive local foods like tostados, tortillas, tlayudas and tomales, all made from corn, This is a tomale stuffed with shredded chicken and mole – it tastes so much better than it looks...

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We will certainly miss the amazing markets that assault the senses in every way. The gifts and clothing were exuberant and the flowers were spectacular. The market food was plentiful and diverse though we were not keen on the local speciality – grasshoppers.

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These crunchy little critters are fried, toasted, boiled or baked and they are clearly a taste that we have not acquired. On the other hand we loved the radishes. It turns out that there is far more to a radish than being carved into a simple rose. On December 23rd each year the centre of Oaxaca City is the venue for an extraordinary event – La noche de los rabanos – (The night of the radishes). Tens of thousands of people throng to the Zocalo to witness an amazing artistic sight when vegetable carvers from across the state compete to produce to most flambouyant display of carved radishes. (Google 'Night of the Radishes' for some amazing images).

There is food and drink for everyone in Oaxaca. Mezcal, a potent local alcohol made from agave cactus, can be bought by the gallon. Numerous varieties of agave cactus grow in the mountains of Oaxaca and as we travelled the countryside we saw dozens of artisan mezcal distilleries where the agave were waiting to be 'cooked' into mezcal...

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We tried the mezcal but actually preferred the rich creamy Oaxacan hot chocolate...

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We have kept to last the best things we will miss about Oaxaca. First, we will miss the perpetually blue skies and the weeks of glorious sunshine. But, above all, we will miss the lovely Oaxacan people. This is Margarita – the delightful receptionist at our hotel – Casa Barrocco Oaxaca...

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We always expect hotel and restaurant staff to be warm and welcoming, (though sometimes we are disappointed), but in Oaxaca absolutely everyone treated us wonderfully; no-one ripped us off; the street vendors and tour touts were polite and not at all persistent; and drivers actually stopped to let us cross the street.
O.K. - So that's more than ten things, so, In short...Oaxaca, Mexico – so much that we will miss.

Posted by Hawkson 08:31 Archived in Mexico

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Welcome home and thank you for taking us on your trip to sunshine and what appears to be a lovely destination. thank you for bringing the sunshine home with you.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Thanks for sharing the journey as we sat in the endless rain. Certainly puts the city high on my list to revisit after a break of over 40 years since my only visit to Mexico.

by Tom

Thank you for the journey and for bringing the sun home (but its skipped off somewhere else already).

by Janet

You’ve sold me on Oaxaca too. Thank you for your wonderful photos and comments.

by Heather

Thanks for bringing home the sun!

by The teenage

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