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Pluma Hidalgo Finca

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

On the way back to Oaxaca City, driving the coast road to Highway 175 (the “new road”) we took the time to drive up to Pluma Hidalgo Finca in 2 feet of mud where David had worked for a year.  Workers from outside fulfilled their “tequio” hours by working in the finca. Photos are of the kitchen where we shared breakfast.

Earthquake Aftermath in Oaxaca

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Last weekend I caravanned with another car and a truck 7 hours to the Isthmus (to a tiny village near Santa Maria del Mar) on the Pacific Coast of Oaxaca State where 80% of the homes were down or condemned. I went with 2 guys and a female friend to deliver tarps I had purchased, food from the acopios (collection points) and medicine from Mexico City to a little village.

It was a pretty intense 2 days trying to coordinate with with everyone and the locals so everybody got fair amounts. We went to Juchitan to pick up stuff delivered by someone else. And then Santa Cruz to a Doctor’s house in the evening where we were given pozole and about 25 people had an “assembly.”

Then we visited a “homeless camp” and outdoor kitchen in Tuantepec…60 families with 160 kids. There were 6 homeless teachers who were teaching the kids. On the way out a man came up to me and asked “are you coming back?” Nearly broke my heart!

The first night we stayed in a teacher’s house in Tuantepec who gave Juana and me their bedroom while they slept on the floor! The next morning we went back to the Doctora’s house to sort food because the people in the acopios had just indiscriminately bagged big bags of food…sweets for the kids, big bags of rice etc. was divided. Tuna taken out and redistributed. And then everything re-bagged.

At the tiny village of Santa Maria Huamelula, people were gathered in the center and the head of the village announced our arrival with a microphone. The Dra and David spoke. 2 Navy trucks were there with several Navy guys standing around watching us. The “face” of the gov’t. No idea what else they were doing there.

So before coming back we spent the 2nd night on the beach and partied with some mescal we picked up along the way. Cholo was one of the guys who went with us. David, a 2006 Oaxaca activist, is mentoring his friend. Cholo was quite attentive to me because he knew I was tired from intense driving. After swimming and drinking mescal, he gave me a really long foot massage with hot water (best one I’ve ever had) and then climbed into my lap and snuggled. I told him I was looking for someone just like him only my age! Everybody laughed. He’s about 20. 😉

David said he had never really had a mom. He was really sweet in spite of looking and acting like a bad boy. So I think what he was wanting at that moment was a mommie. 😉

I sent the photo to the kids and Bob with the caption “Cholo my new boyfriend.”

Doug’s response was: Are you serious?
Greg’s response:
Oh. .

Well.. .. good

Of course I explained the photo after I heard from them. Haven’t heard from Josh or Bob yet and it’s been 5 days since I sent the photo! hahaha!

It was quite an adventure. At least I found out what my car, Nissan Xterra, is capable of. Part of the way ruts in the mud 2 feet deep and landslides on the 175 highway coming back. So much for the “new” highway!



Cholo and me

David and the Doctora

Doug, Josh, Polly, Greg Visit Me In Oaxaca!

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
[gallery ids="4998,4999,5000,5001,5002,5003,5004"][gallery ids="4993,4992,4991,4990,4989,4988,4987,4986,4985,4984,4983,4982,4981,4980,4979,4978,4977,4976"] I'm in Oaxaca for 11 years and all three kids decide to come visit me at once! Doug arrived August 29th but of course he didn't tell the others! When they heard he was coming then they all decided ... [Continue reading this entry]

Friends In Oaxaca

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Here in Oaxaca I think I know more local young ones than older ones.  Of course it helps that the younger locals often speak English even if just a little and between my Spanish and their English we do fine. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why I Prefer Oaxaca

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
We expats are finding what we did not find "at home." I retired in 2002, traveled for 5 years, went back "home" for 2 months and was bored to tears. Most of my friends had moved ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why I Host Strangers

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
I’m all for volunteering but I spent half my life doing it so I’m kind of od'd on it. Hosting through Couchsurfing and other hospitality sites is a kind of volunteering with my time and money but I get more ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hitchhikers Found Me!

Saturday, April 29th, 2017
[embed][/embed] Two Italians and a Pole. Anna and one of the Italians hitched a boat across the Atlantic! This is the 2nd I've had who did this. The first was a Brazilian.

An Expat’s View Of The Struggle In Oaxaca

Monday, June 27th, 2016
The government has (since the 1968 slaughter of students in Mexico City) hired “students” who sign up for university but don’t go to school to infiltrate and instigate trouble in order to turn the populace against theteachers. They are called ... [Continue reading this entry]

“The Battle Has Just Started!” Gustavo Esteva

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
"The Battle Has Just Started": Activists Denounce Police Killings & Crackdowns on Teachers in Oaxaca | Democracy Now!. There are 21 blockades all of the state’s eight regions and they have cut off the movement of goods from Mexico City ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why Oaxaca Teachers Are Striking Again

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Information has been updated with 12 dead, 27 detained, at least 7 disappeared, 100 injured Laura Carlson of the Center for International Policy says that Oaxacan teachers are protesting not only teacher evaluations, but also the entirety of neoliberal reform under ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
OAXACA EN GUERRA OAXACA, Oax. 19 de junio de 2016. - YouTube. Teachers have been striking in Oaxaca for the last 34 years. This year. so far, 21 barricades have been set up by the teachers in all of the ... [Continue reading this entry]

An Expat Joke

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
One night, David Ben Gurion dreams that he is dead. God says "you're David Ben Gurion! What can I do for you?" And Ben Gurion says "Show me heaven" and it's very dull. People standing on clouds, meditating, nothing going ... [Continue reading this entry]


Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Oscar Tanat is the brother of a friend of mine. And you thought Oaxaca was a picturesque little village with simple people! Ha!

The Ayotzinapa 43

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
[caption id="attachment_3524" align="aligncenter" width="710" caption="43 empty seats"][/caption] 43 Normalista (education) students have "disappeared" in Guerrero by narco gangs presumably with the knowledge of the government. Mexico is on fire and is calling ... [Continue reading this entry]

I’m In My Glory

Monday, November 24th, 2014
This past week, Ivan, my temporary Italian roomie, who has been living in Oaxaca many years but split with his girlfriend and lost his apartment cooked Pasta Bolognaise for me, Angie and her mom. Angie is the sister of Lumina, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Still Lovin Oaxaca

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Am I Mexican? No I am Oaxacan!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
I took a test on FB to see how Mexican I was. 100% Mexican? I guessed at half of them. Most of these questions have to do with northern Mexico or Mexicans who haven't been in the country for a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Facebook Is Not The Problem

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
I love to follow former couchsurfers on Facebook. Paul is one of them. Everyone is complaining about the same thing and it's not Facebook. Facebook is not the problem he says. You are. Paul stayed with me a week in Oaxaca ... [Continue reading this entry]

All is Transformed

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_3413" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Frank And Kids In The Zocalo"][/caption] For nearly 15 years Frank sat at the same table every day in front of a coffee shop in the zocalo...often making friends ... [Continue reading this entry]

Frank Died Last Night

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
He was "just" a eccentric friend...but a good friend with heart. For years he spent $70 a month living here. He sat at the same table in the same coffee shop in the Zocalo every single day ... [Continue reading this entry]

Expats Take Care

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Well, my friend Jayson Heckler who drove down to Oaxaca from the States to Oaxaca with me in 2010 was the next one. Fell and injured his leg and hip. Doc said to go home and stay down. He did. ... [Continue reading this entry]

In Oaxaca…Finally!

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Ahhhh! No more alarms. No more packing and unpacking! No more late and cancelled flights.  And after four months on the road, I've got my own coffee pot and old friends in Oaxaca! Life is good! But I don't want to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oregon Thailand Hong Kong 2013-14

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Need new crowns on implants I got last spring while in Bangkok. Need to see my son Josh and his lovely Significant Other, Polly, in Hong Kong. And spend some time down south in Krabi Thailand with my son Doug ... [Continue reading this entry]

Meanwhile In Oaxaca

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
My friends always remember my birthday because that is when the municipal police tried to clear out the striking teachers from the Zocalo in 2006. Every year they have a memorial walk to commemorate it. [caption id="attachment_2500" align="aligncenter" width="440" caption="June ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Find more about Weather in Oaxaca, MX Find more about Weather  ... <a href=[Continue reading this entry]

Oaxaca Re-entry April 2013

Friday, April 19th, 2013
I arrived "home" April 19, 2013 after a 6 month RTW trip to Oregon, Thailand, Oman, Turkey, Oregon, Las Vegas and finally Oaxaca again. As I've recently said to friends, I'm getting too old for this shit! Figuring ... [Continue reading this entry]

A Birthday in Oaxaca

Friday, June 15th, 2012
[caption id="attachment_1822" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Richard, Lulu, Carlos and Lumina"][/caption] I'm counting my blessings that couchsurfing has given me this morning. I had the best birthday ever yesterday! A lovely couple (she from Uh ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oaxaca Teachers Strike Again

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
For two weeks now, the teachers have constructed a planton in the Zocalo and in the surrounding streets. Tents abut each other and guy-wires (actually cord), holding up tarps to protect from the rain, extend in every direction...low enough so ... [Continue reading this entry]

A Mixe Wedding

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
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An American Mother in Mexico

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
I often encounter locals in Mexico who are quite shocked to hear that I have three in the U.S. one in Hong Kong and one in Thailand part of the year. To make it worse my husband is in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Thanksgiving 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
I was invited to a wonderful Thanksgiving potluck...turkey, trimmings and all. Far more than any of us could eat in a week of course. Most of these young people ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oaxaca Resistance-2006

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
This comunique will not make much sense without the back story but it will give you a taste of the flavor of the struggle in the indigenous pueblos for autonomy that was promised by the Mexican government in 1945 and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Couchsurfing in Oaxaca

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
[gallery] The above photos are just a few of the 40 couchsurfers I have hosted over the last couple of years. I retired in 2002 and spent the next 5 years on the road...then chose Oaxaca as a home base. Since ... [Continue reading this entry]

A Brush With Evil

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Monday April 11 one of my American friends...a long time expat...went missing in Oaxaca sometime between 7:30am and noon. On thursday his body finally rose in the well outside his kitchen door. The motive appears to be theft but ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oaxaca on a Sunday

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
This Sunday morning there is the usual weekend Tai Chi group trying to generate some peace in the park across from my apartment while a birthday party on the edge of the park 50 yards away a very loud hard ... [Continue reading this entry]

San Andreas Paxtlan, Oaxaca MX

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
In 2006-7 I lived in an apartment on Calle Fiallo about 6 blocks south of the Zocalo in which I got to know the maid, Adelina, and her lively bright daughter Fernanda. Adelina is a great single mom and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Zicatela Beach and Colotepec, Puerto Escondido,Oaxaca

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Well, I haven't posted for quite awhile. Been on twitter and computer livestreams ever since the uprising in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) trying to make sense of it. Suffice it to say I am supporting the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Huayapam Oaxaca Baptism

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Friends Mica and Bardo live in Huayapan, about 30 minutes from Oaxaca City on a good day. Mica's mom is raising two nephews whose parents are living and working in the States. So it came time for the baptism ... [Continue reading this entry]

Christmas 2010 Now I KNOW I Am In Mexico

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
January 11th, 2010 December 23rd is the Fiesta of the Rabanos in the Zocalo. Huge radishes are grown just for the annual carving up into all manner of scenes, animals and whatever the imagination conjures up which are all on ... [Continue reading this entry]

Christmas In Oaxaca 2010

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
I will be spending this Christmas with four lovely couchsurfers who are staying with me and we will all be christmas orphans together. One, a part Lao guy born in Paris who has recently been living in Canada, who ... [Continue reading this entry]

End Of The PRI in Oaxaca

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Upside Down World has an article by a local writer summarizing the end of the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party that ruled Mexico for 70 years) in Oaxaca and the inauguration of the new governor. The writer describes the ceremony on ... [Continue reading this entry]

To Oaxaca! Whew! Done!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
I waited until the day we left for Queretaro to call and tell my friend Patsy (we go waaayyy back) that we had changed our itinerary and would be seeing her that evening. What fun! It had been ... [Continue reading this entry]

Self Censuring

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
I moved to Oaxaca City in 2006 to find 70,000 of the state's teachers striking in the Centro. They had been striking every year for more than 20 years to gain a minimum of educational standards for a state ... [Continue reading this entry]

Poor Oaxaca

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Update wed: Well, I hope the governor is good and embarrased after overstating the damage in Oaxaca and drawing intense international media attention. He has now issued a statement saying that 11 people are missing, no confirmed dead and 3-4 ... [Continue reading this entry]

El Grito 2010

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
EVERY 100 years, Mexico seems to have a rendezvous with violence as again the country gathered on Wednesday night for the ceremony of the “grito” — the anniversary of the Revolution...the call to arms that began the war for independence ... [Continue reading this entry]

Mexico Rethinks Drug Strategy

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
As death toll rises, Mexico rethinks drug war strategy By TIM JOHNSON McClatchy Newspapers MEXICO CITY | The drug war in Mexico is at a crossroads. As the death toll climbs above 28,000, President Felipe Calderon confronts growing pressure to try a different strategy ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why I Am An Expat In Oaxaca Mexico

Friday, August 6th, 2010
As for me, the best kind of traveling for Pico Iyer, the travel writer, is when he is searching for something he never finds. “The physical aspect of travel is for me,” he says “the least interesting…what ... [Continue reading this entry]

Oaxaca: Who is Permitted to Earn Money, and Where?

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Taken from NarcoNews: The Real Battle for Oaxaca: Who is Permitted to Earn Money, and Where? "The lesser officials manage the street scene, but also the professionals, vendor bosses, who run a crew of ten or a dozen" By Nancy Davies Commentary from ... [Continue reading this entry]

Police Kick Vendors Out of Oaxaca Zocalo

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Wondering around in the Zocolo (plaza) Monday, my friend Paula, who has lived here before, was approached by some young girls with a questionaire for tourists and asked if she had been to the Guelaguetza...or if she had been to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Guelaguetza Time Again

Monday, July 19th, 2010
oaxacaoaxacaguelaguetza1.jpg OMG narrow colonial streets are overrun with buses bringing dancers down from the mountains and by cars full of Mexican tourists. Calendas plug up what the cars don't. Calendas are processions with ... [Continue reading this entry]