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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RexBuck, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    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.
  2. RexBuck

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    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

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    A wedding parade

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

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

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  3. RexBuck

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    The Zócolo - a great place to relax, be entertained and eat
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    If you want a balloon, this is the place to find what you are looking for
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    A kinda creepy Mad Hatter
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    Little kids playing with their giant balloons
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    Cute little boys :D
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    Bunch of chess games going on - as soon as one guy lost, he'd stand up and somebody else would sit down
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    Mariachi
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    Musicians on a stage - as an aside, I am really getting to like a lot of Latin American music
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    State Police on patrol
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    Nice Road King Police Edition - not sure if it is actually a police bike . . .
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    . . . but I'm sure these Transit Police would have switched in a heartbeat
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    Couple of ladies wearing the traditional aprons
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    Colors of the Zócolo
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    There are something like 45 churches in Oaxaca, so there are a couple around the Zócolo
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  4. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Looks like sensory overload! wow!
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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???:clap
  6. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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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?
  7. RexBuck

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    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. :ricky I'm thinkin you will enjoy it.
  8. RexBuck

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    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.
  9. RexBuck

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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
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    Guy carrying about 10 big round loaves on his head to his shop
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    Selling Mezcal, flavored mezcal and other stuff
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    The area is noted for its Moles and a number of concentrated Moles are sold in bulk or in packages
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    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.
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    Now we turn to a couple of the dishes. Talking about Moles, here is the king Mole Negro on chicken. An incredible flavor experience
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    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)
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    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!
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    Then there is elote soup
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    How about flautas - rolled up with meat in them, covered with beans, cheese and some other stuff. Crispy
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    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.
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    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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  10. RexBuck

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    Day 32 - Feb 17

    So, down the street from our hotel, in front of the cathederal and along the streets are these statues
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    Mrs RexBuck lending her support
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    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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    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    Great Shot!!!!:clap

    Really enjoying the RR. Keep it up!

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

    My intent is to get there one of these days... Soon!:freaky
  13. RexBuck

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    Thanks Sleddog - appreciate the kind comments.
  14. RexBuck

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    :rofl 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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    Nice thanks.
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    Hi Steve: I don't think we've met but Pedro turned me onto your RR - great job!

    Dave
  17. RexBuck

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    Hi Dave
    Thanks for coming along for the ride and for your kind comments. And, welcome to Adventure Rider.
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    Just a really nice job on the report...thanks for taking the time to bring us along!
  19. RexBuck

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    Thanks for your kind comments WaywardSon, really appreciated.
  20. RexBuck

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    Day 33 - Feb 18

    So, was looking through Traditions Mexico (www.traditionsmexico.com) website and while they have a lot of extended tours, they also do day tours with specific themes. We thought one on weaving would be interesting since a nearby town is where most of the traditional weaving is done. While they didn't have a tour schedualed for the times we wanted, they hooked us up with a guide who could take us in her own vehicle. Cool. Linda Hanna is quite a knowledgeable affecianto of local art which made for an entertaining day.

    Families of the traditional Zapotec form of weaving are concentrated in the community of Teotitlan de Valle to produce their art. While there are a number of retail outlets in the community, it was really nice to go into the homes of the top weavers, meet them and see how they operate.

    It appears the weavers in this area have been producing rugs for something well in excess of 1500 years, using cotton and cactus fibres before the Spanish arrived in the 1500's. The Spanish introduced the loom and sheep for wool. Most if not all of their looms are wooden and made locally.

    Prior to the Spanish arriving, the women were the weavers but with the introduction of the loom and Spanish culture, men took over the weaving and women focused on making the dyes and preparing the yarns. In today's world, some women are again becoming weavers.

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    Using the loom
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    Most of the rugs made today in this community are dyed with commercial dyes. However, there are about 20% of the weavers using traditional dyes. These cactus leaves harbor a bug that take about 3 months to mature. At that time they are picked off and squashed releasing a fluid (not blood) that is bright red. Mix it with lime juice and get orange. Mix it with a base and get purple.
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    Blues, yellows and some other colors are derived from indiginous plants.
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    Yarns are dyed by soaking and cooking in large pots
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    When done, they drain for awhile
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    Then are hung out to dry with the laundry
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    When dry, they are stockpiled until needed. The colors were fantastic
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    When ready to weave, the yarn has to be rolled onto bobbins using this spinning wheel machine
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    Like this
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    Then they are woven on the looms at the start into some very cool rugs

    This weaver is known to do some difficult non-traditional designs for some New York artists in addition to more traditional work
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    These are from the family using natural dyes
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    Representing the Zacotecan calendar
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    Mrs RexBuck took a liking to this one - with the lady who did the weaving
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    This family had us join them for a traditional Zactecan meal (Mmmmmm good!)
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    Then showed us some of their work
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    There was one from this family Mrs RB took a liking to but I don't have a decent pic. Will include later if I can.

    This women's coop is just finishing this huge piece for a San Francisco law firm
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