I am proud of myself for getting out of bed this morning before 5.30am in order to make the first bus out of Mexico City to Oaxaca City. Although truth be told that was probably the worst four hours of sleep I have ever experienced… so many people banging in and out of the room and talking at all hours. And why are the overhead lights so obnoxious? You would think that hostels would quickly learn to install smaller floor lamp type lighting so that new arrivals at 3am do not awaken the entire room. And to oil the horrifically noisy door hinges!?!
The bus ride here took about seven hours, during which I slept, ate some freshly baked cheesecake I bought at the TAPU terminal, finished reading Arundhati Roy´s heartbreaking The Cost of Living, listened to my iPod and started on Nietzsche´s The Use and Abuse of History, assigned for my theory class. I did not have very much time in Oaxaca, so I spent all of it shopping for the things I came here to buy. Mexican chocolate, mezcal–another agave cactus-derived fermented drink like tequila but this one uniquely from Oaxaca state, handicrafts, especially hand-woven textiles–some of which are gorgeous but far too expensive for me.
I just got back from my main meal of the day–not counting the spicy soft white cheese, freshly-cut pineappe and papaya, and tirimisu-type cake I bought at various local markets. I went to the buffet and cultural show at the upscale Camino Real Oaxaca hotel. The food was alright, at least I got to try both the local hot chocolate and various kinds of moles. The interesting cultural show–nine different traditional dances presented with different costumes–was a reenactment of a big local festival in July when all the peoples of Oaxaca state come together and celebrate their culture. I forget the name of the festival right now. Details when the pictures make the upload.
So tired already. Must go to bed. And then tomorrow another early bus to Puebla, enroute back to Mexico City.
PS: I want a pair of those lovely straw sandals the men wore for the second dance!