Thursday, 27 September 2012

CHAPTER. 31


DAY 72. HUAJUAPAN DE LEON TO OAXACA. 180 km

And a nice relaxed day it was too. That is until we got a little lost getting to Oaxaca and again had to battle thru narrow and blind and blocked off streets with heavy traffic.

Well what a nice city! Again magnificent cathedrals, lovely stone buildings and stone paved streets. When you consider that some of the building dates from 1550 you realize that it is older than some of the European cities


Ancient Oaxaca culture on display



Again we are close to the central square or plaza where the action takes place both day and night. Oaxaca often has clashes between the people and the government and we have seen several organized protests in front of the main government building





And the government point of view-




And I think there has been some connection between Oaxaca and the ancient Maori tribes of New Zealand. Why else would Oaxaca be pronounce "Oh a Haka " ?


DAY. 73. REST DAY IN OAXACA

And a good one at that after 6 days of riding. It was a chance to explore the city a little and look down some of the back alleys

And there are foreign Caucasian looking tourists here. Not many, perhaps 50 we have seen but until now right thru Mexico we have seen virtually none. It is almost like an unwelcome intrusion seeing other gringo tourists.


Time to put the girls to bed




So it has been a good break and it is on the road again tomorrow down to the hot and steamy coast .
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