Thursday, November 3, 2022
With our class over and our excursion set for 10:00 a.m., I did not go down to breakfast until the shockingly late 7:30 a.m.
After that I decided to walk up to do the other half of the Xochimilco cemetery that I did not see yesterday but the gate was locked. I guess I did not realize that after Dia that would happen. However, I was still able to walk the neighborhood on the other side of the cemetery that I normally walk.
At 10:00 a.m. we boarded the van for our extra excursion on this after class date.
Out the Window #8
This morning Mija, Rex and I went with a driver to the Tierra Antigua weavers in Teotitlan. We learned about dying and weaving from one of the grandsons of the founder. It was very personal with such a small group. Had a three course lunch (taco, soup, beef with mole) that was elegant and excellent.
Out the Window #9 and the last
After we returned to the hotel I went out for a walk.
I walked to the Instituto Oaxa Queno de las Artesanias (the Artisan’s museum).
Next was a stop at the Photography museum which had an exhibition of photos, "Veinte Anos de Dia de Muertos" by Ernesto Bazan.
Also on exhibition was "Archivos del Antropoceno" by Luis Paredes.
Next I walked down to the Benito Juarez market where I got to buy some tin and a shirt.
My last stop was the Taller-Galeria Siqueiros where I bought a print of a photographer with hummingbird, a fitting work of art to close out my experience in Oaxaca with my camera.
Tonight's Farewell dinner at 7:00 pm is at Criollo.
I was back to the hotel by 9:15 pm to do final packing and get to bed by 10:00 pm as I need to rise at 3:15 a.m. to get ready to catch a 4:15 a.m. taxi to the airport.
Friday, November 4, 2022
On this return home day, I catch a United Airlines out of Oaxaca to Houston at 6:45 a.m. After about a two hour layover, I am on the next leg to Chicago and arrive around 2:30 p.m. I was able to catch a Coach USA bus back to Milwaukee and Denice picked me up at the bus depot at 5:00 p.m.
And so with that, the 2022 version of Oaxaca with Michael de Meng comes to an end. I want to thank Michael, Colleen, Mija and all my art buddies for another magical time in a magical place.