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Day 4: Our last day in Mexico City. Joy and I had a quick meal and headed out to Parque Mexico since we didn't have to catch our bus to Oaxaca until 1 p.m. We saw a bunch of dogs sitting quietly all in a row with trainers watching over them.
|dreaming of tennis balls:)|
|some well behaved dogs|
There were also a bunch of art students from a local art school drawing the dogs so I asked Joy to stop for a bit so I could draw the dogs as well!
After a few minutes, the group's art teacher looked over at my sketchbook and asked me to give her students an impromptu art lesson! I sketched for them and tried to tell them my philosophy of drawing using my limited Spanish. It was a bit awkward at first but the students eventually grasped what I was trying to say.
|I give an impromptu art lesson to some students!|
|drawing on a bumpy bus is VERY challenging!|
|Joy not looking too happy here :)|
|Arriving in Oaxaca at dusk|
You can see trinket sellers, musicians, tourists, lovers, elderly folk, and kids just hanging out passing the time, being with each other and living their lives.
Hanging out and watching people at the zocalo was a revelation to me. Not only did I feel EXTREMELY safe, but I also felt a such a warm sense of community and life exude from everyone around me.
Naturally, all these interesting people got my creative juices flowing so I took out the old sketchbook and started drawing again!
We then went to the Museo Nacional de las Culturas where we got to look at some ancient, Indiana Jones-style artifacts like this beauty:
After the museum, we spent some time walking through the markets where we bought an alebrije. Alebrijes are colorful, wooden figurines that are made in Oaxaca. They are sold everywhere and are really quite charming:
After a brief rest in our hotel, we spend the rest of the day at the zocalo again and I got a chance to get more drawing time in!
...To be continued!
|at the Zocalo|
|Cathedral de Oaxaca|
Day 5: Our first full day in Oaxaca! We start it off right with some juevos divorciados (two fried eggs with beans, mole and some salsa) and coffee!
|say it with me: "juevos divorciados"!|
|real human skull decorated with turquoise tile-work.|
|Joy picks the purple one! Great choice!|
|vendors at the zocalo|
...To be continued!