This was written by Emily
Smith for her parents during a visit she and Scott
Murphy made to visit us. Scott and Emily are friends who also support
our work here. We'd love to have you come visit us too!
Greetings from the capital city
of Oaxaca, Oaxaca. We have had so much fun here. It took us about
5 hours to drive through beeeyooteeful mountainous country. Scott says
it reminds him of his trip out west. For many miles there is nothing
but mountains until you arrive in the beautiful city full of lovely old
buildings and cathedrals. The people who made the road cut straight
through the mountains with no thought to the damage to the environment---it
makes for a pretty drive, though.
We have all stayed in one hotel
room (all above board, of course---Scott on the floor). Our hotel
- Hotel Tipico - is clean but not luxurious. The bathroom door doesn't
reach all the way down to the floor or all the way up to the ceiling and
every time Tim went to the bathroom he ran the water in the sink so we
couldn't hear anything. Tim´s been feeding us all sorts of
crazy things---cactus fruits (tunas), mole (chocolate
chili sauce on tamales wrapped in banana leaves), rose petal ice cream,
coconut popsicles, jerked Mexican beef, lime-ade with bubbles and roasted
Those red things are "tunas"
The majority of people here are
pure Indian -- the Spanish never conquered the people here so they are
They are tiny and brown and the
ladies wear long braids with ribbons intertwined. We went to see some ruins
out in the mountains and had a tour, also went to see a little one-legged
Christian rugmaker Tim and Annette had met before. He was so sweet
and showed us around his shop, where he wove and all the things he made
his natural dyes out of. Also we saw the tree with the largest girth in
the Americas. You can´t climb on it, though. We had to hold Scott
back -- he wants to climb everything that stands still, including the ruins.
The handicrafts here are amazing -- all kinds of textiles and clay work.
I love seeing such fine crafts and they are very affordable.
Looking at handmade baskets
in the crafts market in
Okay we better go because i am in
an internet shop and paying for every minute and we already lost the first
letter so I'll send this one before I lose it.
having a blast,