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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Santo Domingo
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, July 27, 2012

Feria Land

There are quite a few ferias or fairs happening at the moment, each featuring a different aspect of all the things that make Oaxaca so unique.  There are ferias for mezcal, alebrijes (carvings), barro negro (black pottery), tapetes (rugs), hongos (mushrooms), queso (cheese), tamales and tejate.  And they are spread over a wide area from the city to Matalan to Huayapam to San Martin Tilcajete to Etla.  I plan a hitting a few more of them in the coming days.

First, close to home, the feria de queso and quesillo, in nearby Reyes Etla, where we just were for the guelaguetza on Monday.  They are serious about their cheeses here.  They even have a statue and a plaque that says that they are the world capital for quesillo.
There were about fifteen stalls set up and one could wander from stall to stall and sample the various tastes.
There were cheeses with herbs, with chapulines, with chiles and just the real unadulterated thing.
I hope you know there is no cheese like quesillo, the string cheese, which melts like nothing else.  Mmmmm.... so good.  Many of these people sell directly from their homes.  I plan on searching a few of them out.
OK, that covers the queso and hongos ferias.  Mezcal, tamale and tejate in a bit.

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