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November 2015

November 2015 Front
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Editor’s Letter

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Migration is the regular seasonal movement, often north and south, undertaken by many species of birds…. humans. It’s the time of year when friendly and familiar faces return to the warmer climate offered in Southern Mexico; trading snow-shovelling for snorkeling, winter stews for ceviches and hot toddies for cold beer. With more flights than ever before, it is sure to be a busy season with first-timers discovering the beauty the state of Oaxaca has to offer as well as regulars. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Remembering Neal Erickson

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A strong presence in our community, Neal Erickson, passed away on October 10th. Neal was an avid musician, community supporter, Downton Abbey fan and a true friend who was always ready to lend a hand.

In the top photo Neal was the ‘first sale of the day’ at a library fundraiser. He hung this painting over his kitchen doorway and recently told me how much joy it brought him. Neal also made a generous contribution to last year’s event to raise money to buy computers for the local library.

We often joked that he should write the Neal Erickson Bachelor Cookbook- his specialties were making Chilaquiles with Doritos and adding tacos al pastor to a can of beans for a hearty stew.

I am sure that everyone who knew him has their own wonderful Neal Erickson moments. I am honored to have been his friend and he will be greatly missed in our community.

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En Flânant About the Colonia de Condesa, Mexico City

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One of the most delicious days of the month is when friend Barbara and I stroll the streets of the trendy colonias of Condesa and Roma with no intent. We have come to refer to these afternoons as our flaneuring days. As in, “Barbara, would you care to go flaneuring about Condesa next week?” The correct term, of course is en flânant, but we enjoy using our made-up term. Continue reading En Flânant About the Colonia de Condesa, Mexico City

The Hanging Doll of Sierra Norte – An excerpt from the book ‘Oh Oaxaca’

By Geri Anderson

On the way to lunch prepared by women of the village, I spotted her– a white baby doll with blond hair– hanging from a pole on a rooftop, a noose around her neck. Sequins on her white satin dress sparkled in the midday sun. I asked people at my table if they had noticed the doll swaying in the breeze. No one had–or didn’t want to talk about it. Continue reading The Hanging Doll of Sierra Norte – An excerpt from the book ‘Oh Oaxaca’

Improvements at the Huatulco International Airport

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Regardless of where your journey begins, when you exit a plane at the Huatulco International Airport, you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived at someplace exceptional. Several steep “palapa”(palm thatch) roofs, which resemble ancient pyramids, dominate the landscape. Recently those pyramids have multiplied like mushrooms popping up in the grass. These improvements will not only make your experience of flying here more comfortable and convenient; it will also attract more flights to Huatulco. Getting here is going to become easier. Continue reading Improvements at the Huatulco International Airport

Amigos de la Musica Opera Concert

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Amigos de la Musica Huatulco commences its 2015 winter season with OPERA on November 12 at 8:00 PM at Dreams Huatulco Resort and Spa. Although, not necessarily ‘classic’ opera the evening boasts the prodigious talents of acclaimed performers; soprano Katia Reyes, and baritone Jehú Sánchez, singing various pieces from West Side Story and Porgy and Bess. Pianist Isaac Bañuelos Capistrán, will accompany these performances. The evening, already filled with impressive talent, will be concluded by a performance of the comedy opera, The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti.

Tickets can be purchased for 200 pesos each or 100 pesos for students and teachers (valid ID required) at these local businesses: Café Juanita (Marina Chahue), Foto Conejos (Guamuchil, off the zocalo [or square], Giordana’s and Yamaha (on Gardenia), WE Restaurant (in Marina Park Plaza), and Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa (Av. Benito Juarez, Tangolunda).

Touring Oaxaca for the Already Initiated

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You’ve either been to the city of Oaxaca and have already hopped on a tour bus or two, or are a first timer and loathe the idea of heading to where throngs of visitors go – even if it means omitting some of the state’s most significant central valley sights. So let’s forget about the rug and black pottery villages with the usual demonstrations; Santo Tomás Jalieza noted for cotton bedspreads, table cloths, table runners and placemats; market days; Monte Albán and Mitla; three of the Aguilar sisters of clay painted figure fame; the churches; ecotourism since close to home you have pine forests, trout ponds, hiking trails and horseback riding; and even the alebrije villages (where wooden pieces are hand-carved and brilliantly painted). Continue reading Touring Oaxaca for the Already Initiated