Our Home Away from Home

28 Jul

oax 16Our family just returned from a two-week vacation in Oaxaca, Mexcio. We had a wonderful time lounging on the beach, eating the most delicious food, visiting with family and traveling up to my husband’s isolated hometown in the mountains.

Much of the novel I’m writing (which I swear to you is almost finished!) takes place in Oaxaca so it was wonderful to travel there and research even more ideas and descriptions for the book. It is truly a magical place.

The Oaxacan people are some of the most interesting, kind and generous people in the world. Someday, we hope to build a vacation home there. Ah, it’s good to have dreams…

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This is the main church in Yalalag, my husband’s hometown.

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While we were in Yalalag, we attended a wedding. This is the bride, Melina who is wearing the traditional wedding outfit of Yalalag.

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I thought this was interesting because the little girl is tied to the back of her mother with a traditional Mexicanl “rebozo” and yet the little girls is wearing sparkly gold shoes instead of huaraches.

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This is an old photograph hanging in the municipal building in Yalalag. It was taken in 1936 and shows a family standing in front of their home wearing traditional clothing. Not much has changed in 75 years (except that the town now has internet!)

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You can’t go to Oaxaca without eating Mole Negro. Delicioso!

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A painting of La Virgencita in one of the churches.

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Oaxacan chocolate is to die for!

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The fresh produce in the marketplace smells wonderful!

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen any building painted this shade of cobalt blue before!

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Dried chilies for sale in the marketplace.

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My absolute favorite Oaxacan treat: Rose flavored sorbet!

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Another stunning doorway in downtown Oaxaca.

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The inside of the Church of Santo Domingo. Awe-inspiring.

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One of the many meals served over the course of the weekend for the wedding. First the men would all sit down and be served by the women, and then the women would sit and be served by the men.

4 Responses to “Our Home Away from Home”

  1. Britton Swingler July 28, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    It seems like you had a delightful, stimulating, relaxing, beautiful, fascinating and soul-enriching trip. I am particularly taken with the cobalt building and with how I imagine the rose sorbet tastes.

    As soon as I saw the first paragraph of your post I knew, from the brief description of the book you gave me before, that you would be there with your writerly ears and eyes attuned to the material you need to put the finishing touches on your book.

  2. debatterman July 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

    May the magic find its way into that almost-finished novel of yours. Of course, as Britton points out, how could it be otherwise? Delightful photos of that clearly special place.

  3. Rossandra White July 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    Welcome home! I hope you’re going to claim the trip on your taxes–research. Right? I’m so glad to hear you’re close to finishing the book. I can’t wait to read it! The photos are gorgeous. That cobalt blue building. Wow!

  4. Hildegard | whphotoplus July 29, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Sounds like a fantastic trip! Your beautiful, evocative pictures and descriptions make me want to go there. 🙂

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