Sandra arrived today to visit from California where she was attending her daughter’s graduation in L.A.
She is a SERVAS member that I showed around last February and returned for a while to take a break . Being a dancer, I signed her and I up for some Cuban Dance lessons at the library. I need to stay active and it is a 6 week course.
We had lunch at the Pachote Market after she settled in.
|SALAD AND GRILLED FISH|
|COCONUT SHRIMP FRIED RICE AND FRUIT|
That afternoon we attended the first dance lesson at the library. Well after going forward when I was supposed to be going back and my confusion over dance instructions due to my poor hearing I turned in the towel and choose to keep walking instead.
She retired early after a long overnight flight and 6 hour wait in Mexico City.
The next day we decided to attend an event on Porfirio Diaz Calle but could not find the place. Nice Market there that I seldom get to see because it’s uphill.
A Mexican shop owner told us the address was not in Central Oaxaca but in Colonial Reforma in the North. After taking a bus and walking a while we found the area but no event was taking place. We had lunch and caught the bus back.
|MEXICAN SEAFOOD COCKTAIL WITH CLAMATO JUICE|
That evening was dinner at Biznaga.
|CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP|
Thursday we was nice so we took in some exhibits of textiles and upholstering.
Quick stop at a “Factory Outlet” store…where I sometimes buy my clothes.
Cabuche was our choice for late lunch the next day. She had the salad and I had a Chicken Fajita Burrito.
Friday was Organic Market Day…I wanted to get some ingredients for our Pot Luck dinner on Sunday in Teotitlan de Valle.
We had a Comida Corrida at Sabor Restaurant across from a grocery store where I bought some canned corn for my Pot Luck Salad. The comida is a three course meal with a beverage. It cost 65 Pesos, around $3.50 and you have a selection of 4-5 entrees to choose from and soup or salad with the dessert at the end. We had the Fruit and Vegetable Salad…which was a meal. She had the Chile with Cheese and Rice..I had the Pozole Corn soup with Chicken and Pork..We had Poached Pears for dessert.
The weather started to change the next day. It threatened rain and thankfully cooled down a bit.
When Sandra returned from her Salsa Dance or Yoga….We visited Tres Bistro for Oysters, Mushrooms
|PICKED IN THE MOUNTAINS THAT DAY…HUGE AND DELICIOUS.
I had my usual Broiled Salmon and Roasted Vegetables. I ended up taking most of it home.
We passed a LOW RIDER showing his car to a friend.
There was a concert at the library we wanted to attend. The next evening. The Sax seemed a little nervous…or Avante Garde?
You can judge for yourself. There was another concert at the same time so we missed it…but the owner of Sol y Luna, a favorite restaurant was playing there. We went to his restaurant after and when he finished, He stopped in his restaurant. We were the only ones until he arrived with his fans following to fill the place up. He told me he would be doing a repeat performance in the dining room with his Banda del Sur group on July 15th. I will attend. A couple pictures on the way home.
On Sunday, we attended a fundraiser for an Organization that supported Latinos in America that needed legal representation to apply for Citizenship, Green Cards, Work Visa, or to fight deportation where families were split up…as in the case of a lady in Phoenix that had been in the USA for 17 years had children there, worked and paid taxes, applied for legal aide and had been granted asylum under Obama’s Dreamers program but was sent to Nogales where her parents awaited her to take her back to Oaxaca…along with a few others. Hundreds showed in Phoenix to protest and try and block her deportation but to no avail. The Legal Aide Fund is supports by a number of groups including Black Lives Matter, ACLU, etc. Norma a 5 year resident of Teotitlan de Valle hosted the dinner along with Jackie. There were 20 attending the Pot Luck. We took a Taxi with a Corn and Bean Salad with Avocado, Tomato, Red Pepper, Pineapple, etc…it was well received. Norma supplied some local
Mescal along with Hosting one table of 10. while Jackie Hosted another for an interesting conversation among the guests. Their were artists, s Professor that taught in Venezuela for 15 years,
Mexicans from Oaxaca, an Oncologist that worked and lived in Amsterdam for 7 years, etc…all at our table were from the States and were world travelers. We had a great time and managed to get a ride home with the Mexican couple from Oaxaca.
We asked them to drop us near a Coffee House owned by Lila Downs, a world famous Oaxacan Singer that lives above the Coffee House. They were having some Cuban or Brazilian band that played unique music. My friend Zoe told us about it and she was there when we arrived after walking in a picturesque neighborhood I seldom visited…so I took some pictures.
It was on the side of a Mountain. That is why I never ventured there. We were anticipating great entertainment…but way too loud! When we arrived Zoe took the opportunity to step outside while Sandra held our seats.
We returned but the noise was so loud..again judge for yourself. Zoe gave us a ride home.
The next afternoon we took a trip to San Martin where Sandra shopped and bought some nice carvings for her home to take back. I took a lot of Graffiti Art Photos…such talented artists and carvers.
In Any Other Country, This Would be Decried as Corruption
See you in July! Have a Happy Fourth!!