It's an exciting time to be in Oaxaca. Everywhere you look there's bustling activity as people prepare to celebrate Día de Muertos. Events spread out over several days focus on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died.
Bixa has fabulously covered this celebration many times in the past and links to her threads will be added here at some point. Kerouac and I have been extremely happy for the opportunity to participate in 2016 festivities, and all three of us will be posting photos and commentary in this group thread.
People always seem to be eating and drinking -- and, even more important, enjoying life.
We bought some piping hot freshly fried chips to hold us over until dinner.
One of the first things that we learned was that the radio transmission towers are an excellent orientation tool.
As we had taken a 4 1/2 hour bus trip from Puebla that morning and had walked around a great deal during the afternoon, we just had a simple meal at a place not far from Casa Bixaorellana and called it a day, because Htmb and I were certain to be run ragged by Bixa starting the following morning with our full consent of course, since why else would anyone go to Oaxaca for Muertos?
So, were you being serenaded by the lovely lady on the bus? How cool is that.
I remember how very gracious the people of Oaxaca were while I was there. I met so many lovely people during my stay there.
I set out solo and explored many different niches and never felt rushed or hustled in any manner. In fact, quite the opposite, I was invited into homes to eat and be merry which made me feel special and ever so welcome.
I'm enjoying seeing the different perspectives.
I would love to see some pics of some of the altars featured in doorways all over.
Still, nary a tuberose in site which over the years apparently are not offered as they were when I visited.
You have to imagine the sounds and smells that go with all these pictures! Total sensory overload! The pictures of just people, like the great photograph of the older couple in Kerouac's pics just above, are a nice pause.
Thanks Kerouac - the writing on the left side and the lettering on the Frida-esque Catarina below are very clear in your photo, but the camera angle makes it hard for me to read the writing on the right hand side - But perhaps I just have to find my glasses!