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

Cochineal – Red Coloured Gold

When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were shocked to see the locals wearing red clothing in their everyday life. Red was the colour of royalty in Europe, and so not only forbidden to wear, but also very very expensive to buy, and here were all these locals, parading around in red everyday clothes! Like … Continue reading Cochineal – Red Coloured Gold

On learning Spanish

It's Sunday night and I should be doing my homework but instead I am lying on my bed watching the final episode of the Sherlock (BBC) series on my iPad as my curtains blow in the wind, signalling the day has finally cooled down. I have completed my third week of Spanish classes and I … Continue reading On learning Spanish

Back to (Planning for) the Future

For some reason this week my attention has turned to the future and more specifically, the next part of my year; heading to Oaxaca. Here is what I have been thinking about this week, and writing it out like this does also help explain why I got to the weekend exhausted from sheer mental effort; … Continue reading Back to (Planning for) the Future