Happy to be back. The trip went really well. Since we cover so much territory in Oaxaca and Chiapas, lot of driving was involved. We were lucky that we had Nicolas and Jesus (two local and wonderful guides) driving us on the first part of the trip. Keith, who was leading a tour with 12 more people as participants, had a great time looking at birds on beautiful places like Valle Nacional in Oaxaca, Puerto Angel in the coast of Oaxaca, and San Jose del Pacifico, a beautiful small community in the Oaxacan highlands.
Our first day of our trip involved airports. We had to spend about 7 hrs. at the airport in Mexico city. One of those flights where nobody knows where the plane is taking off. The airport is huge with long walkways to get from point A to point B. After we landed and got off the plane, we didn’t know where to turn, we were very tired, since we had to get up very early that morning to drive to the SFO airport for our early flight. We knew that we had to wait many hours before our next flight to Oaxaca takes off, so the next thing we needed was a place to sit and rest. We walked and we didn’t find anything available. We realized that the airport doesn’t have many seats available for people to rest. The only seats available were at the restaurants, of course! We got it. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. They prompt people this way to go to restaurants and consume. So we did too. The food was mediocre and expensive, but at least we were able to spend about three hours there until the waitress start to ask us if we needed anything else. We then decided to move on and go through security check. We still didn’t know where to catch our next flight. All we knew was that our plane was going to be delayed about an hour. I was able to connect with some folks that were going to take the same flight, so we stick to them like ticks. Finally, 15 minutes before our departure, we heard the gate number we needed to be and we ran, because as I said, the airport is huge. We still had to wait about 45 m. before our departure, but we did it!
When we finally got to Oaxaca we got a taxi to get to our hotel, which was located close to down town. I felt suddenly revived and told Keith that I wanted to go out right away. We walked to the zocalo and the place was totally alive at about 8:30 pm with vendors of balloons, food, corn in the cob, and live marimbas music. We had dinner at one of the outdoor cafes. I ordered a margarita right away.
These pictures were taken the day after our arrival, but I saw the same sort of vendors at night too.
I noticed that kids were eating this candy, and I wanted to know what it was and I discovered that they were apples covered with caramel and chilly powder. They seemed very appealing to me, but I didn’t dare to get sick right away.
The trip so far promised to be at least full of color and discoveries… I was very excited and happy to be there! The time that I spent at the airport was already forgotten…
To be continued…
Among individuals as among nations, the respect to other peoples rights is peace.
~Benito Juarez. Mexican President born in Oaxaca of Zapotec origins.