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

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 22, 2016

Feasts and Goddesses

Oaxaca is the place to be right now.  There is so much to see and do and lots of people are doing just that.  Wow, what a day.  First, the Festiva de los Moles. Oaxaca is so famous for its moles.  There are many different kinds and eahc one is different depending on who made it or where it is from.  So imagine sitting down to all the mole you could ever wish to sample and that's just we did.
There was plenty for everybody.... and sooo tasty.
 And of course, mezcal.
My plate runneth over....  no, not really my plate.  My nails were much different ;-)
 Back for seconds?
After leaving the festiva, we went to the competition to choose this year's Diosa of the official guelaguetza.  Each oaxaqueña, in full traje or outfit, spoke about her region and its particular traditions.... and these ladies can truly declaim with the best of them.  I was lucky to get a nice shot of this year's winner, Señorita Leticia Reyes Salinas from Jamiltepec before she was chosen.  She will lead many of the upcoming activities.
 She had stiff competition.

 All disosas.
And finally, on the way back to the car, I ran into this beautiful tableau at Carmen Alto, getting ready to process through the streets.
Tomorrow, the desfile or parade of delegations of dancers from all the regions, from all over the state.  Always the best!!

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