5 Not-so-typical Reasons to Visit Oaxaca

Oaxaca is fast becoming the place to visit in Mexico. It has everything, including the best food in the country, incredible ruins, a diverse indigenous population, amazing chocolate and coffee, a perfect climate, and stunning landscapes. Google “Oaxaca” and you will come up with dozens of “top ten reasons to visit Oaxaca” blog posts. They […]

Casa de Piedra

“Why is it called the house of stone if it is made with mud bricks?”  “Follow me. I’ll tell you the story.” I was talking with “abuelo” Cutberto on my fifth and final day at the Casa de Piedra, which his son built on his own, including making the mud bricks. Cutberto, 79, moved quickly […]

Sierra Life

“Five days is four too many,” I was told after I had booked my trip to the mountain town of Benito Juárez, about two hours from Oaxaca. A new friend from Oaxaca informed me that the Sierra region is beautiful and is known for its ecotourism, but that I wouldn’t need more than a day […]

Monte Albán

Monte Albán is a short ride from the center of Oaxaca, but it is a world away. It contains the ruins of the old capital of the Zapotec people. Monte Albán dates back to 500 A.D. and at one time 35,000 people lived there. As I walked around, I was reminded of my visit to […]

Quesillo and Photos

Couchsurfing does not only connect people who offer free places to stay, but also provides a way for travelers to meet just about anywhere in the world. In checking out Couchsurfing events in Oaxaca, I came across a post about photography. Before I knew it, I signed up to join a group of photographers who […]

A Tour Like No Other

There are so many tour agencies in Oaxaca because there is so much to see. You cannot walk anywhere in the center of the city without being offered a tour of the surrounding towns. There are tours of ruins, indigenous villages where local products are made, and many mezcal tours, which Oaxaca is famous for. […]

¡Oh, Oaxaca!

My love affair with Mexico continues, this time in Oaxaca (WA-há-CA), the capital of Oaxaca state in the southern part of the country. I’m here for two weeks, thanks to credit card points, and in less than 48 hours I’ve decided I’ll have to return. Here are a few things I’ve learned since arriving. Diversity […]

Semana Santa, Parte II

Statues and angels are not the only things to see during Holy Week processions. Within each of the dozens of groups parading through the streets, there are a number of people doing penance to atone for their sins or to fulfill a promise made to God. With their heads and faces covered in black hoods, […]

Semana Santa, Parte I

It’s hard to describe in words the processions that happen every night during Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Taxco. Groups of Catholics walk solemnly through the streets honoring saints, reenacting Christ’s last days on earth, and doing penance. Each night there is a different theme with names such as Procession of the Virgens, Procession of […]

The View from Taxco

Taxco is another “magic town” in the mountains three hours south of Mexico City. It is known for its silver mining and artisans, but during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, silver is not the main attraction. When I arrived in Taxco I immediately felt like I was in another country. The more […]

Best Travel Tip Ever

Walking through the narrow tunnels inside the world’s largest pyramid, I encountered a group of American tourists. As I meandered my way through the tunnels, listening to their bantering and joking about being lost underground, I was so happy that my host was waiting for me at the exit. I knew I was seeing so […]

Flying over Murals

With a wave of his hand, it was clear the man who had just paid for my bus fare would not accept any money from me. I had been trying to reach Mexicable, an air tram that carries commuters over hillside neighborhoods north of Mexico City. After doing a bit of research, I knew it […]

Hasta Luego Mexico City

My trip to CDMX began with a search on Google Flights one weekend when I was avoiding other tasks. I was wondering if there was anywhere cheap to fly to during spring break. It was really just a dream since flights are always more expensive then. The neat thing about Google Flights is that you […]

Day Seven: Getting Closer

If I had to pick one lesson I’ve learned about taking better pictures, it’s to get closer to your subject. My workshop and conversations with Eric Kim, and the advice of Neil Ta, another professional photographer, have taught me to keep getting closer. It’s easier said than done. I gave myself an assignment to take […]

Day Six: Sound and Color

 Color You may have noticed that I’m really into black and white photography lately. Well, today I’m throwing in a splash of color. Mexico City is a city of bright colors, from houses to foods, flowers and trees. It’s incredibly colorful. Here is a sampling. Sound I’ve decided to include some sound samples here as […]