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

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's on - Guelaguetza 2013

As I said earlier, there is just way too much going on to cover in its entirety, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.  You should head over to Shannon's post for more.
The day started with the feria de queso and quesillo in nearby Reyes Etla, the world's center for Oaxacan cheese. 
OMG, the cheeses are so good and one never finds them in the markets. 
You have to go to these people's homes to get them. 
And what's more the people are as nice as the cheese is good.
So we watched the queen of the fair get picked by an interesting process.  One was supposed to slip money into an envelope and then drop that in a box in front of each girl. 
Who ever raised the most money was coronated.  Sounds like other elections I know.  Our queen.
Too many cute kids. 
Some of the little dancers, who performed very nicely.
Beautiful hair treatment. 
Meanwhile, the work in the nearby fields continued.
Then is was into the city for the Feria de Mole at the Botanical Garden.  How can you go wrong eating all you want of moles prepared by some of the area's finest restaurants and cooks?
I always love the behind the scenes workers.  They are the ones who make it all possible.
There were only about forty of these, each filled with something delectable. 
Then a quick walk to see the finals of the Diosa contest, but it was way too crowded to even get close.  They need a different venue next year because more and more people are showing up.  The city is teeming with tourist$.  This was the only shot I managed to get and...... she did not win, but still seemed pretty happy.
Then we dodged raindrops as the skies opened up on this side of the city.   We crashed and burned so no concert, but we are more than ready for today's desfile and the feria de mezcal.  More in a bit.

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