Refrescas! Despite everyone thinking these are alcoholic drinks and I was just getting shit-hammered in Oaxaca, refrescas are flavored water beverages. Melon, limon, horchata, rose, and dozens more flavors were all featured on this saint’s day (I do not remember the saint) where stands are set up in the city center to give away cups of refrescas. I didn’t get to all of them (it was crowded) but the ones I had were good. Jamaica and horchata were my faves.
Food! Oaxaca has great food and drinks. Here are some pics of some of the things I ate. I labelled them so you know what they are.
I ate that ceviche for many a lunch. Just a couple of dollars in the local market.
Chapulines are grasshoppers. They are fried in garlic or, like these, in chile. They mostly taste like garlic or chile.
The burgers in Mexico are nuts! They come with everything and by everything I’m talking ham (because without ham it’s just a burger), queso, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. One night I even had one with a hotdog on it. USA we really need to up our burger game.
Mezcal is the tequila of Oaxaca. I’m not sure that makes sense but mezcal is native to the region and sold all over the place. It’s artisanal and made with different methods and ingredients. This particular mezcal is mixed with a chocolate cream which makes getting buzzed very easy.
That’s a beer. There’s also a fair amount of artisanal beer down here. This one had chiles in it and me gusta!
I’m not sure what this means beyond the literal translation. I thought it might be a quote from Buddha but prolly not. It could also be read darkly like someone took me away. I guess I prefer to think about it like some kind of koan. Take from it what you will.
I have so many photos of this cathedral and there are tons of them on the internet (one looks exactly like this). Anyway, churches are big in Mexico literally and culturally. Get ready for more of this.
First day of Spanish classes! Here for a month to lock down some español for the rest of my trip.
This wall art, El Corazon de Jesus, was in my Oaxaca AirBnb. Not a religious guy but I do think it’s nice. BTW, I’m in Oaxaca now for the next month.
Opened in 1907, this post office is still in operation and still beautiful.
Today was my first full day on my own after Erika left yesterday. Adjusting to solo travel is gonna take a minute.
What helps is that Mexico City is amazing! It’s gigantic and beautiful.
Planned to go for an epic tour of museums and sights today. Walked to the Angel de Independencia and took some photos. Then walked to Chapultepec Park again to check out the Modern Art Museum. It was decent but being able to read Spanish would have been really helpful to understand more about the artists and their work.
When I left though… Started to walk around the sculpture garden and caught a vicious cramp under my ribs. Had to sit down and breathe through it to stop the spasms for about 10 minutes until a woman staff came by to ask if I needed help. Guess I better start drinking some water.
I want this as a tattoo. Plan is to get one for every country.
I went to dinner at Pujol with Erika. Beautiful restaurant, great food. My plan is to visit as many of the world’s top 50 restaurants I can without going out of my way to do it.