Oaxaca de Juarez

Capturing the Essence of Oaxaca with 5 Colors

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Bold and creative uses of color never fail to inspire me, and my wanderlust most strongly draws me to places with vivid landscapes and colorful traditions. So when I was nominated by Ashley of No Onions Extra Pickles (and renominated by Lauren of Ephemerratic) to participate in the Capture the Colour contest, I knew I […]

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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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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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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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Eating in Oaxaca: La Olla Restaurant

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Great meals can be found everywhere, but it’s not often that you have a meal that’s so uniquely delicious that the memory of the taste lingers long after you take the last bite. I can count these kind of experiences on two hands. One of them happened to be last year in Oaxaca at a […]

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Photo Essay: Street Art in Oaxaca

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Stencil art, paintings, wheatpastes, stickers, and plain old graffiti found while roaming the streets of Oaxaca: A Jimi Hendrix sticker pasted on a street sign. Kudos to anyone who can explain this one to me. I noticed several of these images in different locations throughout town during my time in Oaxaca. A depiction of Emiliano […]

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Songs for the Road No. 13: Enchanted Oaxaca

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Today was a day of everyday markets. Today was a day of sipping Oaxaca hot chocolate and dipping airy sweet bread in it. Today was a day of city squares where people gather as if it were an extension of their living room. Today was a day of sitting on a crowded bench at a […]

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