How to make a Tapete

I think my friend Eulalia described it most eloquently when she likened weaving a tapete to a lover. They want all your time, and if you neglect them, the tension rises and they can get warped out of shape. Therefore once a tapete is started on the loom, it is continued until it is complete. … Continue reading How to make a Tapete

Living With Gods

There is a mountain standing watch over the village of Teotitlán de Valle in Oaxaca. Referred to as Brother Mountain by the locals, and otherwise known as Picacho, this mountain plays a very important role in the community here in the central valley region of Oaxaca. Teotitlán del Valle is a small community of around … Continue reading Living With Gods

How Much Is That One Over There?

Is bargaining really 'fair'? It’s a fine line when you are travelling – how do you know you are not just being charged tourist prices? And when is it OK to bargain? When I arrived in Oaxaca, not knowing the correct prices for things – and nothing is marked – I overpaid a few times … Continue reading How Much Is That One Over There?