Also, if you'd like to have a closer look at my sketches, just click on the picture for a hi-res version! Enjoy!!
DAY 6: Joy and I start off the day by heading towards the Ethno-botanical gardens for a tour. As we made our way there, we noticed a group of people gathered around a local food cart on a street corner.
We get closer and realize the guy is serving pork tacos and some sort of hot soup from the pork broth topped with cilantro, diced onions, and salsa. We order both and were blown away by the flavor.
These were definitely THE best pork tacos we've ever had!
|yummy street food
|Mexico has TONS of cacti!
After the gardens, we geared up for our most interesting tour of all: A trip to Teotitlan de Valle where we visited a group of women who were being given a loan through our donations to the tour. This was a type of micro-finance which helps women from the town get enough money to finance their projects such as rug making, textiles, and even food for their local shops.
|walking the street of Teotitlan with our guide..
It was quite an eye-opening experience to visit these women and see the hard work and the labor that they put into their crafts. They opened their homes to us and made us feel welcome to see their handiwork as well as the process for making their goods.
You can see how many rugs and bags this woman has been able to make which was possible through donations from the tours:
|Using natural dyes!
|corn for tortillas...
|the looms create these beautiful rugs
|tasted like fortune cookies!
For those interested in making a donation or to learn more about En Via, please visit their website at : http://www.envia.org/
|rugs sold at the town square
Day 7: On our last full day in Oaxaca, Joy and I decided to visit Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities in Meso-America.
|a view of the valley
|Joy buys some chamuy (sour tamarind with chili sauce)
|Grilled chicken for lunch!!
|a great view of the church while relaxing at the zocalo
|Joy's sketch on the top right of the page!
|Our last night in Oaxaca