We have spent the last three nights in the city of Oaxaca in Oaxaca state. It is a beautiful town nestled in a valley surrounded by lush mountains. The main tourist attraction here is Monte Alban. The first urban style dwelling in all of America! Talk about historic! It was really amazing to walk around the ruins and imagine what life would have been like in 500 B.C.!! I definitely had a hard time imagining it. Our visit here was a little longer than expected as we had some minor van problems. At first we believed our fuel filter was all bunged up, but after changing it we discovered that it was not the problem after all. After a stressful day of googling and troubleshooting we were still clueless as to the next action to take.
We finally resorted to taking Kumu to a mechanic near our campground. Andrew and the mechanic took the van for a drive to show him what the problem was. Right away he seemed to know how to fix it, so we left the van with him for a couple hours while we explored the extensive markets in the city.
When we returned to pick up the van the receptionist informed us the mechanic had left for the day and we couldnt talk to him. That aroused our suspicions as the receptionist asked how we would like to pay. When the bill came to only 46 dollars canadian and the woman informed us that everything was bueno, we figured how bad can it be? When we started Kumu up she purred like a kitten, better than she has sounded for a few thousand miles! Hooray for Mexican skill. We have yet to take her on a long drive but today is the day!
Never the less we are looking forward to moving on and hope to be in Guatemala in a few days! Yahoooo!
Andrew changing the fuel filter in the Auto parts Parking lot
Seeking some shade from the fierce sun.
Chilling on the Mayan steps
While waiting for the van we stumbled across a skating rink!! in Mexico!!! amazing!! It was highly entertaining and we watched for over an hour as people tried our Canada's favorite sport
I love this picture. Skating with a palm tree in the background while the medics waiting patiently for the carnage to eventually occur.
Good times in the mercados
An Oaxacan specialty: Roasted, seasoned grasshoppers.
The meat section of the mercado. Everyone selling the exact same thing. Maybe if they spread out a bit they would have better luck? Who knows?
Old school weaving in the Artesanias Mercado.