Oaxaca

4 Dec

While parked at Overlander Oasis a week and a half ago, we took the bus into Oaxaca for a few hours. Oaxaca is one of our favorite Mexican cities because it’s very human rights oriented, progressive and revolutionary. It’s home of mezcal, art, protests, and the most luxurious string cheese. Graffiti is considered an art form. Galleries and bars are in equal number. Every summer, teachers camp out in the Zocolo, the main square of the city, protesting some injustice or another.

This visit was no exception. The main square exploded and the area that was quiet and green on our last visit 10 months ago was now bustling with people camped out in tents and food and clothing stalls to cater to all these new inhabitants.

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Locals had taken over the city to protest the disappearance and presumed murder of 43 students by the government.  http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/07/world/americas/mexico-missing-students/ The Zocalo was plastered with signs in remembrance of the 43 students and calling for justice. It was like nothing we have seen before south of the border. Sure you’d expect Americans to protest and have sit ins but completely unexpected to witness this in Mexico.

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On a completely different note, Oaxaca is also home to another fabulous local market. Enter: the meat hall. I posted a picture of this gem on our last visit but the culinary experience here is too amazing to not describe in detail. This was one of our favorite food experiences of the whole trip.

Picture it: a smoky long room with high ceilings

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Meat lining the isle and vendors constantly calling out

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Tables at one end of the room

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The directions:

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Everything is separate–you order meat from one person, veggies from another, drinks from a third person and side dishes lastly, all paying at different points during your meal.

The process begins… you get bombarded by ladies pushing wicker baskets of scallions and jalapeños in your face

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Take your basket of scallions and pick the meat stall to your liking

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Your cooked meat, scallions and a stack of tortillas will soon arrive along with a selection of side dishes

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Gorge

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Maybe you’ll even get serenaded

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2 Responses to “Oaxaca”

  1. Kirby, Rudy, Debi, & Joaquin December 16, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    Hi guys!

    • Sarah December 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      What’s shaking Jack?

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