Sunday in San Telmo

Sunday in Buenos Aires, the place to visit is the neighbourhood of San Telmo. Every Sunday thousands of people, Porteños and foreigners alike, browse the hundreds of market stalls, sit and chat over cafe con leche, hunt for that special antique piece, buy leatherwork, eat choripan (a loaded chorizo hot dog) and marvel at the … Continue reading Sunday in San Telmo

Gearing Up For Guelaguetza

Monday is the start of the 82nd Guelaguetza (Zapotec meaning “to share”) here in Oaxaca. This festival is probably the most popular in the jam-packed Oaxacan calendar of events and brings thousands of people from all over the state of Oaxaca to celebrate their traditional dances, clothing and foods. In communities such as Teotitlan del … Continue reading Gearing Up For Guelaguetza

Danza de la Pluma

This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the … Continue reading Danza de la Pluma

Climbing Brother Mountain – Cruz de Mayo

Saturday, May 3rd was an important day of celebration in Teotitlán. Known as La Fiesta de las Cruces, or Cruz de Mayo, the day has religious origins from the 16th Century, and is primarily observed by miners, masons and construction workers. Traditionally in Mexico, a cross decorated with flowers and paper is placed on the … Continue reading Climbing Brother Mountain – Cruz de Mayo

International Workers Day – Oaxaca style

I knew something was up when I was woken by several large trucks idling at the kerb outside my door at 5.30am Friday morning. The marching band (trumpets, drums, saxophone) coming down the street several hours later confirmed it. Walking to work I turned the corner to find the street full of people parading down … Continue reading International Workers Day – Oaxaca style