|Fruits and vegetables are abundant here.|
years. As this is my fifth consecutive year of visiting, I am recognized as "the book lady from Canada".
Eating alone in restaurants does not bother me at all. I have always carried a book and I find that my phone is another diversion. I do, however, sometimes have a problem asking (complaining politely)
in other countries. The wifi in my apartment has been erratic. This has resulted in an overuse of my data on my cellular (easily remedied for little money at any corner store). Today, I went to the office of my complex and asked. No problem! The young man just registered me on a different network for longer-term residents.
I am reading The Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towes. In post-revolutionary Soviet Union, the Count Rostov has been sentenced to spending his days in the Metropol Hotel where he has been living for several years. As his physical world is diminished, the Count gains insight into his life of entitlement. So far, this seems to be the ultimate "letting go" novel.
|a sunny courtyard|
I respect the ex-patriate people that I have met here in Oaxaca. Most have left household possessions,
friends, family and sometimes relationships to live here. Climate, culture and community are the rewards. Personally, I am ambivalent. I have enjoyed decorating our apartment in Canada but I understand that attachment causes suffering.
|This painting reminds me of Las Meninas.|
I'm going to a volunteer party tonight. I just read a study that meeting different sorts of people
supports brain health. The ability to step outside of one's comfort zone keeps us younger. I'm not sure but it sounds like a good theory.