Hecho a Mano


Oftentimes, salespeople are really artisans. Part of their pitch is that the items are handmade. In the market, you can see people embroidering, weaving, beading, and sometimes even painting pieces.

The prices are ridiculously low for the amount of time it takes to make each piece — even more ridiculous when I consider how long even a small project would take me. 

Virgins Everywhere!

Having celebrated the Virgin Carmen’s birthday recently, I find that I’m noticing virgins everywhere: images on bags, school supplies, lunch boxes.

And, this lovely yellow Mary right off Reforma with yellow flowers growing before her.

I’m going to keep my eyes peeled to see if there are virgins in the clouds, in the cheese on my black beans, in the soap scum in my shower.



There are eight regions in Oaxaca. Each is represented at the Guelaguetza, an annual dance festival (typically held on the last two Mondays in July).

The colorful, traditional dress and dances vary from region to region.

During this celebration, the regions also share their products with the attendees: coffee, pineapples, bread, mezcal, etc.

Though the dance festival occurs only these two weeks, the tradition of Guelaguetza is an important part of Oaxacan culture. It is about receiving and sharing abundance with neighbors.