Museo Cultural Santa Domingo , Monte Alban y Zocolo life!
We seem to have moved into a rhythm of 1 day hanging out around El Tule, the next off to explore. Getting into the city is an easy 6 peso (50 cent) bus ride that depending on traffic can take 15 minutes or 25. We so enjoy travelling beside young familias, men & women off to work, and the ubiquitous abuelas (grandmas) with their long ribboned braids. The older women have such beautiful long black hair more often than grey. Makes me wonder how our North American diet affects the ageing process....or not.
So...off we went to the city to visit the Museo Cultural adjacent to the beautiful Santa Domingo church. The building is divided into several wings each housing endless artifacts and I mean endless. After 2 1/2 hours of pure delight, we languished under the domes, along the hallways with many Mexican school kids finally deciding we should have some lunch.
Here is just a sampling of some beauty we took in, including some graphics from the cafe!
Cool cafe lights!
And an old (& I mean old) Mexican couple we met in a local tienda.....
On another adventure day, we meandered our way deep downtown to the Touristica bus station to find the bus to Monte Alban; an immense pre Hispanic archaeological site. Despite our good intentions of being early to miss the mid day intense heat, we arrived at noon! Armed with H2O, Cliff Bars and fruit, we set off to enjoy the area anyways.
The area is set atop a mountain (hmm maybe hill) overlooking Oaxaca City. The view is breathtaking and one can understand why this site was picked to settle. There is a 360 degree view available so at any time the community would know if they were in danger. It seems the area, like Machu Picchu, was mostly inhabited by aristocracy and royalty. However, there was a lot of support / labourers living on site or nearby to build, feed and serve them.
Who are these people?
It was a fun and fine visit, but by the time we made it back to town we were tired, thirsty & hungry. Why not stop at the Zocolo for a cold beer & snack I said. Turned out to be a great decision. Not only did we get a cold beer, but it came with pickled veggies and a dish of smokin hot peanuts. As we imbibed, I noticed many young folk walking by, formally dressed and toting musical instruments. Curiosity peeked, we followed them to find a stage set up with many more young folk in different coloured shirts ready to play musica for the burgeoning crowd. Well let me tell you after several sound & lighting checks ( was still daylight), the musica began. Oh my, it was a tad hard on the ears but light on the eyes and heart. All the songs were about love as the next day was Dia de Amor y amistad. The day of love & friendship. I really like the addition of friendship as part of the celebration . The Zocolo was just alive with colour, people and various activities. I truly love this part of Mexico!
And our new best Zocolo friend! What a great smile she has.
Happy to return to our casita to rest our tourist weary legs!
We leave you with a sign to ponder the meaning of......