Thursday was a day of travel. Many thanks to Mar Cardenas for dropping me off at the Tijuana Airport. It saved me money and many hours of travel than if I had left from San Diego.
My first task on Friday was to find a Spanish school, so I can start on Monday. Based on research and recommendations, I visited two. The ownerr of the first, Spanish Magic, has a stellar reputation which I saw from sitting in on a class was well deserved. But there were only 4 people in the whole school. Since I'm going to be in Oaxaca for 6 weeks, I thought I might want a larger school where it might be easier to make friends. Barari fit the bill. I was able to talk to many of the current students and they were unanimously enthusiastic about their experience. So I will begin at Bacari on Monday morning. And they will help me find suitable housing.
I'm trying to get used to the Mexican eating schedule. Coffe and maybe a sweet roll on awakening, then another snack or breakfast at around eleven. The main meal is between 2 and 5 in the afternoon and is a substantial 3 or 4 course meal. Teresa, the lady who owns my hotel recommended several places frequented by locals and not tourists where a fixed price meal can be had from between $3 and $5 US. My first experience was certainly a winner. Then, if hungry, people have a snack in the evening, or a wonderful Oaxacan hot chocolate.
The best part of the day was strolling the the Zocalo (town square) in the evening. Families with children, groups of teenagers, older couples strolling arm in arm, it seemed that the whole of Oaxaca was there. There are a lot of street performers---a comedy fake juggling act with a trained dog providing the 'juggler' with an excuse for his inept performance, and two mariachi bands. My favorite act was a marimba and percussion band that had fabulous renditions of jazz classics. And there were many street vender selling interesting wares.
My first day in Mexico was a good one.
Posted on Sat, September 18, 2010
by Arvid Straube filed under