A Long Week-end in Oaxaca

The roof is decorated with statues and cacti.

Loneliness is a choice. It is Easter week-end and I am missing my family and friends. My brother is now at home with his family, his nietos (grandchildren) and his garden. My new Oaxaca home is on the roof of the Oaxaca Learning Center. There are statues, cacti and blooming flowers.
my dining room
It is very quiet here as the students are on Spring Break. I have started reading a book called Esperanza's Box of Saints by María Amparo Escandón, a Mexican novelist who now lives in LA.
There is a comic/fantasy tone to this novel that I have noticed in the works of another Mexican novelist, Luis Alberto Urrea who wrote The Hummingbird's Daughter. I try to explore the fiction of the country that I am visiting but I must admit that I find this woman's search for her "dead" daughter in brothels a bit bizarre.
blooms on the rooftop
Although I am in Mexico, I am able to use Skype or FaceTime to communicate with friends and family at home. The connection is not always clear but it is an economical means of communication. My Netflix works in Mexico so I am able to watch a movie in the evening if I want. My friend, Janet, advised me to watch Season 3 of Call the Midwife. It's always nice to enjoy a bit of BBC wherever I go.
a silver bangle
Most of the shops in Oaxaca feature works by artisans. I have bought souvenirs during other visits so, except for a few small gifts, I have bought very little. I did however heed the Hostess's advice and buy a silver bangle. Mine has greyish toned pearls with some interesting silver work. It will be a decorative reminder of my visit.

I decided to attend an Easter service at Nuestra Señora de la Merced, the closest church to my new home. The service was held in Spanish but I can follow along by reading the handout. I don't take pictures inside churches during worship services but the flowers and the model of  the resurrected Jesus that was carried into the church was very beautiful.

beautiful salad

 There's time for lunch before I go home to read. It's very warm in the afternoons so they are usually spent indoors. Tomorrow is Library Day and it's time to get back to work! I've finished 3 books since Beto left on Thursday. I don't recommend The Paris Bones or The Witch of Painted Sorrows, two novels that I chose because I was missing Paris. Paris Bones dealt with Surrealism and The Witch of Painted Sorrows with demonic possession and Kabbala. I must say that I prefer my reading to be a lot more cheerful.


  1. Oh yes Madame, I do think you need more cheerful reading! Have you read the Lucia and Mapp series by E F Benson? It is a series of manners/comedy set in the 1920s English village life, I find them lol funny. You can find the first of the series here :http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6840

    That salad looks delicious!

    1. That's a good recommendation because I really don't enjoy "dark" books. Is The Gutenberg Project still free? I usually find older titles when I am volunteering at the Library.

    2. Yes it is Madame. There are several of E F Benson's books at Gutenberg, the Lucia and Mapp series is hilarious. I had assumed that Benson was a woman but he was a man who wrote of 100 books in his lifetime.

      Several DVDs of the series are available.

  2. Lovely choice of bangle Madame!
    I have started Elizabeth George's first Inspector Lynley mystery and it is a real page turner...we have had a quiet Easter as we have been sidelined with a gastro bug. Not wanting to share it with elderly mothers or pregnant daughter we have cocooned indoors...
    Love Call the Midwife! We are watching the last season of Mad Men and New Tricks both great if you are looking for more things to watch when your day of teaching is done and you just want to put your feet up.

  3. I looked for a bangle that was a bit different. You will enjoy the Lynley characters as you progress through the series. It's too bad about the bug but you don't want to share it. Mad Men is on my list but I haven't heard of New Tricks. If you listen to CBC radio, you might enjoy the Rewind edition (you can listen on podcast) that they played for Easter. It was a compilation of old Easter programming. Do you remember when they had CBC School Broadcasts? Hope you are feeling better.

  4. I enjoyed The Bones of Paris and hope to read the other Laurie King's other Stuyvesant & Grey mystery. But it's not particularly cheerful, for sure. I got a kick out of the way she played with interactions between historical characters, all those wild players flirting with Decadence in bohemian Paris. By now I hope you've found something more cheerful and/or soothing -- and perhaps are well into Call the Midwives, SEason 3. Enjoy!


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