|I started my last week in Oaxaca by swimming laps at my friend's sports club.|
It has been difficult to write my blog from this apartment rental. The wifi is very spotty. Monsieur says that there is a device that I could purchase to enhance the strength but I already travel with too many pieces of equipment.
I would not recommend this apartment for a long-term rental because of the absence of in-suite drinking water, a kettle and a microwave or toaster oven. I wake early and would enjoy a cup of coffee. There is drinking water in the corridor but I'm not comfortable wandering in my robe. I don't go out in the evening but sometimes I like to melt some cheese on a tortilla for a light evening meal.
The staff are friendly and helpful but I have not encountered any other residents.
|I got sunburned swimming the pool laps but I enjoyed trout in Sierra Madre mountains.|
I leave tomorrow and it seems that my visit has been too short. I finished two library projects this week so I have a sense of accomplishment in the field. Satisfying volunteer work for me must involve
working independently and seeing a project to completion. I've tried various volunteer opportunities at home and my longest has been the parking lot gardens.
This week, I went on a bus tour to the Sierra Madre mountains. The route is called Sierra Benito Juarez because this is the region where Benito Juarez, the first indigenous president of Mexico was born. Most of the land in this region is controlled by the Zapotec first nations people.
|mountains and valleys|
|I had my last Sunday meal at Las Tres Bistro overlooking the zocalo.|
I visit the same restaurants frequently in Oaxaca and I will miss my waiters. They smile at my Spanish and answer my questions about local customs. I am "la señora con el libro" since I am never without a book.
I just finished The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. The novel is a first novel and is set in eastern Washington state. My husband and I visit the Methow and Okanogan valleys every year so the place names are familiar to me. I bought the used book at the library sale table for $1.00 so I will leave it here for another occupant. I love to find books in rental properties.
I'm having a very lazy day today. My bag is packed for a 6:30 a.m. departure. It's 32 degrees celsius out and I'm reading, writing and watching a Netflix series called Traitors in my cool apartment. I spend tomorrow in Mexico City and leave at 5:00 a.m. Monday for Vancouver. I'm not good with transitions so I'm already planning some at-home adventures.
Do you enjoy transitions? Does anyone??? Are you glad to go home? Do you have any tips for a cranky traveller?