The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Friday, January 23, 2009

Benito Juarez

If you follow your nose up the road from the Tlaminalli restaurante, past the reservoir for Teotitlan, after countless switchbacks on a narrow dirt road, you will come to the mountain village of Benito Juarez. It is about 20 k. and there is a better and paved road if you want to take a left at Tlacolula and head north. Benito Juarez is idyllic with fantastic views of converging mountain ranges and the valleys they open into. There is also a great place to eat in the zocalo where I had one (or two) of the best chile rellenos. For the intrepid traveler, there are eco-tourist cabins nestled among the tall pines. Those pines sit on a carpet of alpine flowers and cacti. Oaxaqueños from the city never go there. It is too cold for them.
Henry, Rosa and Zach in front of a nice specimen. Henry was probably imagining what nice mezcal the plant could provide. The portrait is a bit dated, as Zack is now 16 and over six feet tall, but the plant is still one big agave.... but not the biggest by any means.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is not the agave that produces mescal but a close sister. This is the mythical agave that only appears to good photogaphers and lovers of Mexican cuisine.