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Gearing Up For Guelaguetza  Posted on 07/16/2014
Monday is the start of the 82nd Guelaguetza (Zapotec meaning “to share”) here in Oaxaca. This festival is probably the most popular in the jam-packed Oaxacan calendar of events and brings thousands of people from all over the...
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Danza de la Pluma  Posted on 07/09/2014
This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la...
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Vedado, Habana  Posted on 07/05/2014
Imagine a suburb full of stately houses, large gardens, blooming gardenias, wrought iron fences and balconies from which to gaze at the ocean. People driving down wide avenues in fat-tired pastel-coloured convertibles, others are sipping...
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Oaxaca: A Love Letter  Posted on 07/01/2014
I have already started to catalogue the things I will miss most about leaving here. Today I paid rent for my apartment here for the last time, and I walked home hyper-aware of the clumble of cars across the cobblestoned streets, the sky,...
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Oaxaca: Don’t Miss This (Part 2)  Posted on 06/27/2014
Following on from my previous post, here are more things I recommend you add to your list if you thinking of visiting Oaxaca de Juarez. There are direct flights to Oaxaca from Mexico City several times a day, taking around 50 minutes, or...
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How to make a Tapete  Posted on 06/23/2014
I think my friend Eulalia described it most eloquently when she likened weaving a tapete to a lover. They want all your time, and if you neglect them, the tension rises and they can get warped out of shape. Therefore once a tapete is...
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Update: Corazón de Luz  Posted on 06/19/2014
Our fundraising campaign has now been live for 2 weeks! As you might remember, we want to provide families living in small communities surrounding Oaxaca their FIRST EVER family photos. I have been humbled by people’s generosity!...
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Cochineal – Red Coloured Gold  Posted on 06/15/2014
When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were shocked to see the locals wearing red clothing in their everyday life. Red was the colour of royalty in Europe, and so not only forbidden to wear, but also very very expensive to buy, and here...
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Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca  Posted on 06/11/2014
If you are a 14 year old boy living in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the first committees you might serve on under usos y costombres would be during the 3 day period of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd...
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Oaxaca: Don’t Miss This (Part 1)  Posted on 06/07/2014
Travelling to Oaxaca? I have listed my favourite things to do here, designed to show you Oaxaca de Juarez and its surrounds, but also to give you enough time to take things slowly and just wander through the central city and to soak up...
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  • austinarthur
    austinarthur 27 February 2014 18:29:22

    It's very rewarding volunteering in Mexico!

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