An easy and obligatory thing to do is to go downtown… several times! The center of Oaxaca is one of the most beautiful historic centers of the Mexican cities I know! The colors of the façades, the cathedral and the square of Santo Domingo, the andador turistico, the hundreds of VW beatles and the calendas, so many calendas! The calendas are a kind of procession that they have for any occasion – weddings, graduations, etc. – and they always have “monos de calenda” – giant dolls with the arms in the air while spinning -, women dressed in one of the typical costumes of the state of Oaxaca and a band.
In these places I feel that I’m in “pure Mexico”, the most traditional, where globalization has not yet arrived, where women dress and comb traditionally, where chickens and turkeys go hand in hand, upside down, where families meet to eat the meat they have just bought on the bench beside the grill, where the colors are mesmerizing!
The market is almost an extension of the beautiful church, just next door, where almost everyone prays before or after shopping.