Oaxaca…one of 31 states in Mexico…I am in Oaxaca, Oaxaca….the capital city of the state….one of three of four of the largest states in Mexico…bordered by the state of Veracruz, Pueblo, Chiapas, and the Pacific ocean, a 4-6 hours drive from here. The city population is around 250,000 with another 250,000 in the country. It is an international destination for foodies, history buffs, archaeologists, folk art fans, photographers, weavers, and just plain tourists trying to add another World Heritage Site on to their list.
Beautiful Historic Oaxaca
I am doing well but have been spending my time getting things of comfort for my apartment…a clock, extension cord, trash bags, new pillows, etc….my refrigerator broke down so landlord sent another almost new one.
Living in the country is quieter with fresh air and a fair view. It is very private place. Sunbathing is permitted at my place.
When I had finished moving in, I contacted Darcy, a Couchsurfer that I met before. I visited his house in the country on the last visit. This time we went back to his rental again but it was really clean and organized? He had a Couchsurfer from Montreal who ended up renting a room for three months until she found another while teaching English. She had taught in Thailand too. She liked to clean and organize. I returned to the other side of Oaxaca and my Casa.
Travel to and from my Casa to Oaxaca has proven to be easy. There is a MotoTaxi service that takes you to the bus stop for 5 pesos and then the bus into the city for 6 peso…about 50 cents. A taxi would be about 80 pesos or that have Collectivo taxis that you share and can be 1-8 pesos depending on how many fares they have. This can be inconvenient when you have to shop for a lot. I bought shelving for the bath, a large dispenser for 5 gal water as well as large trash bags, and some more “stuff” . The bag lady didn’t have a large bag so I thought I’d put the small stuff in their bag and just carry the dispenser and a the box with all the metal shelving. Upon arrival at the bus stop the box broke and all the poles , bolts and connecting shelves went on the ground. I took one of my large trash bags out of the box and threw all of it in the bag. The bus was jammed and I’ve carrying a bag with all the shelving box and miscellaneous crap along with this large dispenser while trying to hold on while the bus lurched forward. It was standing room only and I was doing my utmost to remain standing when an old timer offered me the inside seat by the window. I struggled with no leg room and sat there with this tower of baggage a foot over my head with everything in my lap. The old timer took my bag with the box to help. I was very thankful. The traffic was slow and the bus was now jammed so every stop they people had to cram closer and closer all the way to the back. It was hotter than hell. Then the old man ,he was probably my age, left when we got to the McDonald’s (yes, they are everywhere providing clean restrooms, wi-fi, air conditioning and food if you like) stop and I tried to put the dispenser on the floor under my seat but no go. I was back to being buried in my own mess and now with a woman next to me. Then my stop came and I bumped and fell against 5 people trying to exit before the bus took off.
When I arrived for the MotoTaxi, there was a lady with 8 bags like mine so I waited for the next taxi and finally arrived around 4:30 exhausted.
I get a little sun in the mornings if I wake in time. I can go naked inside during the day but at night it is like a fish bowl but I really don’t think anyone can see my place from far away. The terrace would need a hedge or some plants.
The sink plumbing broke and the plumber was there that day to fix it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to live out here but now I know my landlady is supportive and a friend, I am starting to put a little money into things to make it comfortable. I am buying a Microwave. There is a two burner gas plate to cook on. In town you can step out the door and eat what you like. Here I have to cook. Just stocked the refrigerator yesterday. It has a good freezer too.
Shopping will be almost done when I get my Micro and bath shelve….I went to buy micro yesterday and the price went from 699 to 899 so decided to try Walmart someday. Exchanged my shirt for one that fits. Darcy and I had couple of dozen beers after Darcy’s sister showed with a Couchsurfer from LA via N Jersey. She paid $1000 to take photo classes here for ONE WEEK at the Photo Institute. Nice school..nice gallery. Young lady who has been a Nanny for 7 years and now trying other things. Biznaga, my favorite restaurant, lured me for a bite to eat. I talked to Fernando the owner. Then stopped at my bar next door in Yartareni…while it rained. Not feeling too good today…can’t do that again for another year.