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Flying solo

I’m heading North today by myself for a week in Washington visiting family.  This time I’m not renting a car – my son and his family are picking me up and we’re going to the 13 Coins for dinner on our way back to Bellingham. Aside from a little shopping and eating some blueberries, I don’t have anything special I want to do aside from hang out with everyone.  Can you really catch up on a year’s separation? I’d better...

Fun and amazement in Oaxaca

  Friday night we fixed ourselves up kinda cute and headed to the Camino Real Hotel for dinner and the Guelaguetza, a suite of traditional Oaxacan dances.  It took place in the chapel of the former convent, an absolutely beautiful space.  Tables for ten were arranged throughout the room and there was a buffet set up on a raised area at the end.  The stage was centered along one wall.  We sat with a family of four at a table...

Prowling around Oaxaca

One of the things we like so much about staying in B & B’s is the chatting with other guests at breakfast.  Oaxaca attracts an international crowd, and the breakfast table reflected that.  We met Australians, Italians, French, and Japanese along with Americans.  The ages vary, the knowledge of Mexico varies, but without a doubt you meet people who are really compatible.  One morning we met Tot and her friend Shari from the San Antonio area.  Tot and her husband...

Oaxaca and Monte Albán

Oaxaca.  Just the word Oaxaca makes me think of beautiful textiles, mole, and ancient ruins.  Oaxaca’s Centro Historico is a delight – wide stone block streets with colonial buildings, almost all in good repair.  Several streets in the center of town are closed to car traffic so you can stroll along almost all the way from the Santo Domingo church to the zócalo. During the 2006 teacher’s strike and occupation of the zócalo the zócalo itself was badly damaged, so...