Return from Oaxaca

I’m back. Hope you all had a great New Year! I did – Oaxaca is a great place to be at any time of the year, but like all places in Mexico, it’s extra special during festivals and special events. I have so many photos and did so much, even though we only had two full days there, that it’ll take a few days to get through it all on my blog! One bit at a time. There were no major dramas to tell of; at least until we returned home. Paola’s dad had been left in charge of the turtles in my absence, and I was very pleased to find a clean tank and a big new bag of Wardley’s Turtle Bites he’d bought for them! Said hello to all of them and did a quick head count….1,2,3,4,5,6….

Six is a bad number for the final tally of a roll call when you have seven turtles – Mr Patel was missing! An accident? Death? We phoned Paola’s dad, even at the late hour of 11.30pm, to find out what had happened. The only thing he could think of, was that maybe one of them had still been in the tank when he threw the dirty water into the garden bed. A half hour of sifting through dead leaves, lifting up sea shells by torchlight, and riping out plants and Mr Patel was final found. He’d half buried himself in mud by a tree trunk, frozen half to death, poor thing. It has turned really very chilly in Mexico City – it wouldn’t have been good for him to have spent the whole night outside. Although Homer did survive 24 hours when he escaped once and went missing. Still, a warm bath, a few Turtle Bites and he was back with his buddies.

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Anyway, back to Oaxaca. If you didn’t know where it is, the map below should help. It’s a good 6 hour drive from the city, but the hostel we stayed in is kinda hidden in the hills outside the Centro Historico and it took an extra hour and a bit to find it. But it was nice, despite it’s inconvenient location. There were plenty of people staying there, mostly gringos like me!

We visited Oaxaca two years ago and loved it and would have been again before now, but the place was in turmoil for most of 2006 and a fair bit of 2007 with violent protests. Anyway, I shall be posting plenty over the next few days about our visit.

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