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Photo Essay: Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden

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Like a plant photography nerd rebel, I snuck into a botanical garden. Except at the time, I didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to be there. When I walked up to the entrance, there were two security guards chatting away. I made brief eye contact with them and they didn’t say anything so I kept […]

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Oaxaca Hot Chocolate and Decision Making at Lidia’s Eatery

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One morning in Oaxaca, I wake up with an onward bus ticket on my mind. I am supposed to leave the following day. I head out of the hostel earlier than normal and make my first stop at a bank. The ATM line is long and moving at a sloth’s pace. I share sighs and […]

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Photo Essay: The Abandoned Monastery of Cuilapan

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Not far from Oaxaca city, in the town of Cuilapan de Guerrero, is a monastery that bears many similarities to the often lively church and monastery of Santo Domingo. But Cuilapan’s Convento de Santiago Apóstol took on very different fate. Before it was finished being built, it was abandoned. While Cuilapan is now a quiet […]

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3 Places to Try Mezcal in Oaxaca

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Mezcal, the unofficial liquor of Oaxaca, can be an acquired taste. Most fellow travelers I’ve encountered in Oaxaca did not like mezcal at first sip, but almost all seem to leave the city chiming in with the Oaxaca saying, “For everything bad, mezcal. For everything good, mezcal.” The thing is, mezcal tastes of Oaxaca. It […]

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A Walk Along the Ruins of an Aqueduct in Oaxaca

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On the quiet continuation of a Centro street in Oaxaca, I come across the ruins of an old aqueduct. Weeds spring out of the top of worn brick and stone arches that once carried water from the mountains to the city. Houses are built right up against the aqueduct. I’m not sure how there is […]

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Photo Essay: A Day Trip to Hierve el Agua

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Hierve el Agua is a unique location in Oaxaca state where you can find semi-natural pools and rock formations that resemble petrified waterfalls. I’d missed it on my fist visit to Oaxaca and I was determined to see my second time around. It looks deceptively close to Oaxaca city on a tourist map of nearby […]

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Thoughts on a Flowered Skull from Oaxaca

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I bought this over the summer when I was in Oaxaca. It sits on my bookshelf amongst other meaningful articles from my life and travels. Reaching a point where I could see the beauty in displaying something like this was not easy. The first thing you’re likely to notice about this sculpture is the relative […]

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Photo Essay: Color and Creativity in Oaxaca

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Oaxaca is a place that sees value in aesthetic expression. Time is given to details that may seem frivolous, but beautify the city and life, if you’re paying attention. It’s a city that has an apparent culture of passion and celebration, and that is reflected in the vibrancy of everyday color and creativity: A colorful […]

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