In the last 4 years, my approach to my wardrobe has changed. I don't need so many pieces and would really prefer to have a simple uniform that I can dress up or down. Four years ago, Monsieur and I were both working so I could afford to have "wardrobe orphans." Today, I have created an "active duty" section of my closet. Gradually, the other items are being donated or given away to friends. As my basic neutrals have changed, accessories, shoes and bags seem "off"but I really can't afford to replace everything. For ideas on how to combine colours that seem difficult, I read The Vivienne Files daily. Janice Riggs has shown me how to use a scarf to integrate colours from different palettes.
|I'll probably wear grey capris and many different tops.|
For the next few months, there will be few accessories of any sort. Oaxaca is a culturally and historically rich state but its people are poor. I hope to volunteer in a tutoring centre or library so I will probably wear loose pants or a skirt. The weather will be about 28 degrees celsius with cooler nights and mornings. I will probably walk over 8-10 km. of really treacherous sidewalks. Retired Teacher, a very interesting blogger, just wrote about his experiences last week. His blog is definitely worth the visit.
I will miss Paris this year and I will miss sharing "my Paris" with my visiting friends and family, especially Janet who has shared my adventures for three years. I have been doing a lot of research
to locate my nearest market and grocery store. I won't be "eating out" much but will probably prepare simple meals at the apartment. There are few sidewalk cafés but a lot of vendors and food trucks. The first year that I visited, I bought a tamale in the park and my host cautioned me against it. However, I met a Home Ec teacher from Baltimore who ate from every mercado in the villages and had no problem. I've had hepatitis shots and will be packing Immodium so I should be okay.
|If the food is freshly cooked, it should be safe for me to eat.|