|Please do not use the Cathedral as a bathroom.|
direction and the sounds of live and recorded music competing with speeches of all sorts. I went over to listen to what I thought was a political speech and it turned out to be a man selling herbal remedies.
The sign above implores people to not use the church as a bathroom. There has been quite a lot of criticism of the Zócalo on Trip Advisor but I find it a pleasant spot to people watch.
The vendors in the stalls are very relaxed and I stop to browse but I don't purchase. There's a lady further up Avenida de la Independencia where I have purchased a woven scarf. She's just on a street corner which means she probably can't afford a permit for the Zócalo. I put my loose pesos in my pocket so that I could give the street musicians something. I don't like to take my wallet out on the street but I do like to be ready with some spare change.
Further down Independencia, I see a tiny woman with two grey braids and the traditional woven apron
selling lettuce, herbs and zucchini flowers. I bought a little bag of lettuce (which is soaking in disinfectant right now) and politely asked if I might take a photo. She was not willing. If you are interested in seeing pictures of the people in traditional garb, I found some photos taken by another Canadian on Flickr. Many of the people of Oaxaca are shorter than 5 feet tall and traditional clothing is common.
|El Templo de San Felipe de Neri|
It's interesting to observe this Oaxacan world. There is so much to see but I am sure that I miss a lot because it is so different from Canada. I am meeting so many Canadians and Americans who choose to live here for part of each year. It truly is a magical place!