Bienvenidos a Guatemala

Bienvenidos a Guatemala. We have been here for roughly 24 hours and it is amazing to me how I already feel at home. Perhaps it is because heading south for extended periods of time has become my June norm, or maybe this is just the part of the world that I feel more at home…

Making Art and Waiting for the Revolution

As you may have seen in the news, the state of Oaxaca is encased in a bit of turmoil. The teachers are protesting reforms, and many others are joining in the fight against what they are calling a corrupt government. Daily protests are the norm and as of Sunday there have been upwards of twelve…

So much political unrest… so little time

When I was in my early 20’s, I lived in Israel for several months. I recall one day my mother calling me with a frantic tone in her voice. Watching CNN, she had seen scud missiles being dropped on that tiny country and wanted to know if I was O.K. Earlier that day, I had…

Daily Adventures… On Mexico Time

My students and I generally watch this movie every year called Pulling Strings. It’s about an American woman working at an embassy in Mexico City. It is basically a rom-com, but I like it because the movie is equally in English and Spanish (It’s on Netflix). In one scene, the woman is asking a Mariachi…

Language School

The girls started language classes Monday at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca. They were apprehensive at first, because rather than letting them take the children’s’ classes, I signed them up for the adult classes. I figured that if they were here to learn, they might as well jump right in. When we arrived, they had…

Oaxaca – The Magical Craft Route

When it comes to material objects, I think most people have certain items that they covet more than others. As for myself, I have a slight issue with scarves and bags. When my aunt and I came to Oaxaca when I was 19, I bought a woven bag from some Oaxacan village and although that…

El Tule

Today we ventured east of the city to the pueblo of Santa Maria del Tule, the famed home of El Tule, a 2000 year old cypress tree that many say is the oldest and largest tree in Latin America. It has a trunk the width of a house and limbs that climb several stories high. A…

Monte Albán and the Not So Historically Correct Tour Guide

Today we ventured to the ancient city of the Zapotec Indians… Monte Albán.  It is perched high above the city of Oaxaca on a hilltop and offers spectacular views of the city and the surrounding pueblitos.  At one time, Monte Albán had upwards of 40,000 inhabitants and reigned for at least 1,200 years between 500 B.C. and 750…

Mi Nueva Rutina Diaria

Another day comes to a close and I often think my family and I are losing our edge as travelers. Either that, or we are simply evolving in our traveling ways. When I was younger, I would land in a place, take out the guidebook, and make a list of all the things there were to…

Bienvenidos a Oaxaca

Bienvenidos a Oaxaca. After twelve hours in airports and on airplanes, we finally landed in Oaxaca last night around 8:00. I think I have decided that I really don’t like airport layovers. Sitting in an airport for upwards of seven hours straight is simply grueling. But then again, I suppose it depends on the airport….