Travel Tips for Visiting Havana

For me, Cuba is one of those countries that are endlessly fascinating. History that is still occurring on a daily basis; the resilience and friendliness of Cubans, the natural beauty of the island and of course, the all-pervasive music and dance. Having been to Cuba twice now for a total of 6 weeks, here are … Continue reading Travel Tips for Visiting Havana

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

Indigenous Self-Governance in 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 … Continue reading Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca

Old Men, Wolf-Men & Superman

I knew something was up when a man in a wolf mask, clad in a Mexican flag inspired skirt, white long sleeve shirt and black glove on one hand ran past me, disappearing up the stairs into the town municipal building. Children clustered at the end of the veranda, with the younger children hiding behind … Continue reading Old Men, Wolf-Men & Superman