La Entrada


Oaxaca is great for two or three days, but Oaxaca is very difficult for foreigners. Living and working here is challenging as I found out in 2002. There is a wide gulf between the local people and all foreigners. And here, foreigners are people not from Oaxaca. So the northern Mexico tourists are also alien to this place.

Plus, and at the risk of sounding like an ugly American, Oaxaca is a bit backwards. Electricity comes and goes. People are rarely on time.  The wifi is intermittent. No 4G, only 3G. But that is the charm of the place for many, the picturesque nature of it, being quaint and all. It’s good, like I said, for about two days.

So I look forward to the 6 hour bus ride to Mexico City. OK, my entrance to day to Mexico City will not be as dramatic as that of Hernan Cortes.  I won’t be conquering the city; it conquers me.

Mexico City, in contrast, the central portion, is state-of-the-art – poppin’. It took me three months to de-electrify one I finally moved out of the city in 2004, and I didn’t realize how amped I was until I was in a normal place. It’s something about putting 20 or 25 million people into the geographic chakra that is that city that creates a vortex of energy. The people there are open minded, modern, and busy all day long.

I will be there until January 3 and hope to learn how to work my Nikon D300 (I bought an unused on from a few years ago). Learning the camera, that’s what youtube is for.

Happy trails…


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