Monthly Archives: December 2016

Oaxaca Scenes

Oaxaca Scenes

In case the weather is turning cold where you are, here are some scenes from the sunny city of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico. Oaxaca was founded by the Spanish in the 1520s along key trade routes between Mexico City and Central America. Today, this city of 300,000 people is full of Baroque churches, colorful colonial… Read More

Ixtlan de Juarez

Ixtlan de Juarez

One day recently we escaped the city of Oaxaca for the mountains that tower over it to the north. An hour’s ride on twisty roads in a shared (collectivo) taxi—three people jammed in the front seats and three in the back—brought us to the mountain town of Ixtlan de Juarez. “Ixtlan” is thought to be… Read More

Life in Oaxaca

Life in Oaxaca

Like countless North American snowbirds before us, we’ve come to the sunny city of Oaxaca, Mexico, for December. Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HAH-kah) sits on a plateau surrounded by mountains in southern Mexico, in the middle of the area where the country narrows as it heads toward Central America. Oaxaca is known for its balmy climate, its… Read More