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Old 02-24-2012, 12:14 PM   #121
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Great ride report! Waiting for more
Thanks for coming along Saeed

I guess Mexico is a bit more difficutl for you to get to but still worth it. Have really noticed the preponderance of tourists seem to be from the other side of the Atlantic. Maybe their media is not so desperate to make up "news" as their North American counterparts are.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:00 PM   #122
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Days 31- 35 - Feb17-20 Part 1

As I mentioned before, downtown Oaxaca is a magic place – very vibrant. Streets at night, like the Zócolo are full of people -virtually every night




A wedding parade


Complete with ladies in traditional dress and baskets of flowers on their heads



The middle of the street is a good place for a giant game of Junga


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Old 02-25-2012, 07:30 AM   #123
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The Zócolo - a great place to relax, be entertained and eat




If you want a balloon, this is the place to find what you are looking for


A kinda creepy Mad Hatter


Little kids playing with their giant balloons


Cute little boys


Bunch of chess games going on - as soon as one guy lost, he'd stand up and somebody else would sit down


Mariachi


Musicians on a stage - as an aside, I am really getting to like a lot of Latin American music


State Police on patrol


Nice Road King Police Edition - not sure if it is actually a police bike . . .


. . . but I'm sure these Transit Police would have switched in a heartbeat


Couple of ladies wearing the traditional aprons


Colors of the Zócolo


Trying to get a pic of the poinsettias and these two wanted in on the action



There are something like 45 churches in Oaxaca, so there are a couple around the Zócolo




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Old 02-25-2012, 07:48 AM   #124
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Looks like sensory overload! wow!
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:14 PM   #125
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All these piccies.......

.....and not a single one of the gorgeous Mrs. Rexbuck. Other than that rather serious omission, great job Stevo. Wish I was there. BTW, new Wee coming to live at our house. Mrs. Pedro pulled the trigger. Road trip???
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:43 PM   #126
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Looks like a beautiful city. Definitely on my hit list as I love the looks of those colonial cities. How far to the coast 4 hours? This whole Oaxaca state is really appealing to me although I have never travelled there. Just from reading ride reports etc. Any thoughts RexBuck?
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:41 PM   #127
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.....and not a single one of the gorgeous Mrs. Rexbuck. Other than that rather serious omission, great job Stevo. Wish I was there. BTW, new Wee coming to live at our house. Mrs. Pedro pulled the trigger. Road trip???
Well, there was one . . . kind of in the distance photo. Will be some of Mrs RB as my Oaxaca photo series unfolds.

Nice - congrats Mrs Pedro on the new ride. I'm thinkin you will enjoy it.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:46 PM   #128
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Looks like a beautiful city. Definitely on my hit list as I love the looks of those colonial cities. How far to the coast 4 hours? This whole Oaxaca state is really appealing to me although I have never travelled there. Just from reading ride reports etc. Any thoughts RexBuck?
About 6 - 7 hours - depends on how many photo/food stops. With Mrs RexBuck on the back was trying to hit the topes gently.

If this is an example of some of the interior towns I have yet to experience, this trip is going to be really great.

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Old 02-26-2012, 10:46 AM   #129
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Food - A few random shots from a couple of the smaller markets (have not gone to the big one yet so may be more pics later) and some of their local dishes. This area has a tremendous amount of unique, fantastic foods and I'm just scratching the surface with what is here.

Fruit and vegetables


Guy carrying about 10 big round loaves on his head to his shop


Selling Mezcal, flavored mezcal and other stuff


The area is noted for its Moles and a number of concentrated Moles are sold in bulk or in packages


There are a lot of little restaraunts scattered around the markets all hustling you to sit down with them. The Carne Asada restaraunts are all lined up in one hall - about 10 on each side, each displaying their meat and sausages and each has its own wood fired grill. So, walking down is a combination of sight, sound, smoke and smell.






Now we turn to a couple of the dishes. Talking about Moles, here is the king Mole Negro on chicken. An incredible flavor experience


Tlayuda - this is Classico but many others are covered with stuff like a pizza (yah, I know it's partly eaten. Slow getting the camera out. My mouth is usually way ahead of my brain)


Elote - Mexican corn on the cob. Comes in different versions. Some are put on a stick and laid on the fire. This one is boiled. Not sweet corn like we are used to. They take it out of the pot, smother it with mayonaise, cover it with lime juice, add a couple of kinds of pepper powder and then cover the whole thing with ground cheese. Mmmmmmm!


Then there is elote soup


How about flautas - rolled up with meat in them, covered with beans, cheese and some other stuff. Crispy


Mexicans really like their chocolate. Used in a lot of things including some Moles, coffees and above all hot chocolate. It is really good. Apparently the top of the heap chocolate vendor is Mayordomo Chocolate. They have stores all over the place. You can buy chocolate packaged in various forms or, you can go into a Mayordomo store and they will make an order of chocolate for you the way you want. These guys are doing that. All of the ingrediants for an order is in the tub. It is mixed as it is run through the grinder and comes out as a big blob of delectable chocolate paste in the bottom.


I have no idea what this lady at the market was selling. She was such a sweetheart, I had to include her
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:41 PM   #130
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So, down the street from our hotel, in front of the cathederal and along the streets are these statues










Mrs RexBuck lending her support


So, this is an art exhibit. The artist, Alejandro Santiago took six years to sculpt these 2,501 statues. Apparently, in the late 90's when he returned to his home town, a small town north of Oaxaca City, he found more than half of the previous residents had left for larger cities and to the US and the town was almost a ghost town. Each statue represents the soul of one of the people who had left. Apparently not an unusual situation in rural towns in Oaxaca State, being the poorest State in Mexico.

The whole exhibit is quite surreal.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:22 PM   #131
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Great Shot!!!!

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Old 02-26-2012, 03:31 PM   #132
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The area is noted for its Moles and a number of concentrated Moles are sold in bulk or in packages




Now we turn to a couple of the dishes. Talking about Moles, here is the king Mole Negro on chicken. An incredible flavor experience

My ALL TIME Favorite MOLE!!!! "MOLE MOLE, MOLE MOLE"... sung to the tune of buly buly, buly buly..

My intent is to get there one of these days... Soon!
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:50 PM   #133
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Thanks Sleddog - appreciate the kind comments.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:58 PM   #134
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My ALL TIME Favorite MOLE!!!! "MOLE MOLE, MOLE MOLE"... sung to the tune of buly buly, buly buly..

My intent is to get there one of these days... Soon!
Sam the Sham . . .

If yer likin the Mole . . . you're gonna go nuts here. And, do it sooner,

There is like 7 different kinds of Mole but a good Mole Negro is an indescribable taste experience.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #135
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