I have already started to catalogue the things I will miss most about leaving here. Today I paid rent for my apartment here for the last time, and I walked home hyper-aware of the clumble of cars across the cobblestoned streets, the sky, heavy with clouds behind the rounded church domes and the street carts selling elotes, tacos and tlayudas to people patiently waiting for their buses after a long day. It feels weird to think that soon my everyday life will be completely different. Read more
Posts tagged ‘daily life Oaxaca’
If you are a 14 year old boy living in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the first committees you might serve on under usos y costombres would be during the 3 day period of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd each year.
During this time it is customary in Teotitlán to ring the church bells for 3 days straight. This is done to help guide the departed spirits back to the village so they may share in the festivities, and be present for conversations with the living. These boys, in a group of about 20, will take turns living up in the bell towers of the church, (probably going a little mad from the noise) and ensuring the bells ring 24/7 for the entire 3-day period of festivities. Read more
Travelling to Oaxaca? I have listed my favourite things to do here, designed to show you Oaxaca de Juarez and its surrounds, but also to give you enough time to take things slowly and just wander through the central city and to soak up everyday life here. I don’t really eat out a lot in my volunteer life here, so this list of recommendations does not include restaurants. You should however drink margaritas on as many rooftop terraces as you can find during the long evenings here. Read more