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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tough times

I'm not sure what is going on, but it ain't good.  In terms of politics and social order, more like social disorder, things here in Oaxaca continue to be more of the same.  There have been articles about how acts of vandalism seem to occur with impunity. 
On the cathedral no less.  Ay!
There are marches and blockades daily.  We are well into the fourth month of this. 
On top of it all, is the horrible news out of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.  It has really rocked the country and there have been growing protests.  It is nothing, but ugly and I have virtually no insight or observations to pass on.  I guess, think Sandy Hook except instead of kids, college students with the shooters being the cops.  Add a little cartel corruption and links to higher ups... you get the picture.  It is escalating.

Meanwhile, many of the businesses and restaurant in the zocalo have closed because of the teacher's sit-in.  They are protesting but have given up trying to stay open.  Abuela's is all closed up.
But you can still get dinosaur eggs.
What a world, what a world......


Bev in Connecticut said...

Oh No not Abuela' of my favorite restaurants!!!!
Gone for good?
We are coming for DOD with two friends who have never been to Oaxaca and I am getting a little nervous. Hearing you and Spixl writing about constant blockades and now the beautiful zocalo clogged with protesters and junk vendors -I am really sad (and nervous). Hopefully the blocaders will be home with family for DOD and not blocking all the roads into and out of the city. We do not know our way around nor do me speak fluent Spanish. Am I being overly concerned?

Christopher Stowens said...

Not to worry. The restaurants will reopen, but who knows when. There are so many good places to eat, lots of new ones.

I am sure DoD will come off without a hitch. Plus, the real action is out in the villages and most of the time taxi drivers know how to get wherever they need to despite the blockades. Hasta pronto!

Bev in Ct said...

thanks chris
you did put my mind at ease. we usually rent a car so maybe if blockades seem to be a problem when we get there we will use the taxis. good thinking!