Friday, October 28, 2022
Breakfast was at 7:00 a.m. with friends on the patio in the hotel as is the tradition of this group. I made a run for more things to drink before heading out for a walkabout.
Today I went up the Pan American Highway and into the neighborhood between our hotel and El Auditorio Guelaguetza, the dance pavilion that sits on the top of the hillside.
Class began at 10:00 a.m. with Michael deMeng introducing the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and showing the class the basics for beginning our calacas.
We took a break for lunch at 1:00 p.m. at La Fogencita, an Argentinian restaurant very near our hotel. After lunch I went on a search (not successful for a variety of reasons) for some art supplies but I did manage to buy a cool tee shirt and a spare card for my camera. Speaking of the camera, I took these photos on my second walkabout of the day.
I returned to the workshop at about 4:00 p.m. and put three hours working on my art.
The Welcome Dinner began with the group gathering in the lobby at 7:00 p.m. for what would normally be a quick walk to the restaurant La Casa de Oaxaca off the zocalo. But, we kept running into some pesky comparsas.
The Welcome Dinner was special for the food but also because Colleen Darling, who has led Michael’s Oaxaca tours for 15 times announced her retirement. She was toasted and Michael gave her a special send off with a mirror of the Wizard of Oz’s speech to the three companions of Dorothy.
Assuming the tour duties next year is Mija Andrade who is here this year to assist Colleen. She thinks it is all fun and games now...just wait.
After dinner I went for a walk on the alcala to the zocalo and took the following pictures until my battery died. Trust me, I won’t forget to take the backup with me any other night.
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