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, October 11, 2017

Market Day - Etla

Every day of the week one can go to a different village market on the outskirts of the city.  I suppose Tlacolula's Sunday market is the most famous and it is certainly worth a visit, but each market is very different in layout, feel and energy.  So all are worth a visit.  How does this compare to yours?
Of course, they are open for business every day, but there is always one special day and for Etla, it is Wednesday.  I feel lucky to be so close and go practically every week.  Can you see and name the items in this photos that are so uniquely Oaxacan?  Answers below
I see some the same people every week.
And in each village there is a different way to carry one's purchases.  In Tlacolula it is baskets.  In Etla, it is a bag made from a costal or bigger bag.  Of course, I have mine.
There is a livestock market nearby, so this is a pretty normal sight.
I like the bulls on the back window and that, for once, the lucky goat has plenty of room and looks comfortable.  ¡Viva Etla!

Answers:  misperos, the fruit, ocate, the wood for starting fires, cal for comals and corn and the green pods are huajes for snacks or making mole.

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