Last Week in Oaxaca

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
The Zapotec people are declaring much of their land to be mining-free. Canadian mining companies have signed agreements with previous governments and some of the water sources have become polluted. The Zapotec are developing eco-tourism and fish farming to replace the jobs lost by the expulsion of the mining companies. Unfortunately, the villages can not provide enough jobs for the young people.
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? 


  1. What a gorgeous pool to swim in. I agree that a long term rental, or even a short term one, benefits by being able to make a cup of tea or coffee and heat up a quick snack.
    I use transition time (on the airplane) to begin thinking about things I'd like to do once I'm home. Usually I'm too tired to do most of them for awhile, but it's fun making lists and thinking about them. I also use the time to reflect on what went well during the trip and what could have been better. Wishing you safe travels.

    1. I usually start to think about home projects and about future trips. It's always fun to have some plans and our weather is inspiring right now.

  2. I'm not keen about transitions because of the inevitable fatigue, but I'm always happy to get back to see the grandkids. It takes a while to sort out my thoughts about the travels and experience of my away time -- just recently, visiting the VAG Monet to Matisse exhibition with a friend, I was trying desperately to remember the two exhibitions we saw in Paris last summer and I could only catch wispy vestigial impressions from my memory bank. I've remembered since (with the help of my journal), but the gap suggested to me that the transition has a long effect.

    1. It is amazing to me how much I forget now. I try to avoid too much sight-seeing and enjoy more quotidian activities during my travels. The impressions stay with me longer.

  3. You must be home by now. I hope the trip was pleasant and that you are enjoying being home again and have happy memories of your experiences in Oaxaca. I would think that people there that you saw regularly will miss you because you are a sensitive and thoughtful visitor. I've enjoyed seeing a new place through your eyes.

    1. I always miss the people in Oaxaca whether it be the book committee group, friends, the waiters or my cleaning lady, they play an important part in my visit. Without them, it would just be travel but I feel like that Oaxaca is part of my life.


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