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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy 480th Birthday, Oaxaca

One of the things I love about this place is its history.  I always like to mention that domesticated corn was found in a cave in Mitla dating back 10,000 years.  10,000 years!  That is some history and having a history gives one perspective.
1930 - population approx 30,000
 Today - population approx 230,000
 So today, or really all this week, the city is celebrating its formal beginnings some 480 years ago.

That is 1532.  Think about that a while.

from Noticiasmex
Hoy la ciudad de Oaxaca amanece como una joven de 480 veranos, por sus calles ha visto transitar hechos históricos y personajes que dejaron huella como Morelos, Porfirio Díaz, Benito Juárez, en suma: la historia de México.

Today the city of Oaxaca dawns like a young person of 480 summers, through its streets, it has seen a historic journey, facts and personages left their tracks like Morelos, Porfirio Diaz, Benito Juárez, to sum up: the history of Mexico.
 Please read the whole story.  It is in Spanish, but this is the internet and are lots of easy ways to translate.

Here's roughly the same angle shot as the old one, only this morning.
Man, I want to be here for the 500th!  Ojala!

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