Today I started out the day with a swim outside! Yep, they have one pool here that belongs to this neighborhood, just a couple of meters from the house. Karim was goign to swim before work, so I joined him at 8.. It wasn’t really that easy to get in the pool, since it was like 15 degrees in the morning, but once inside, it felt great! Later when the sun striked the pool and it was perfect.
I went to the church of Santo Domingo. I’m usually not that fond of seeing churches because they are pretty much the same and it don’t mean that to much to me, but this one took my breath away. It is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen. I think it was because o it’s decoration, it was like everywhere and goldy. Appartently the interiour includes a use of more that 60.000 sheets of 23,5 karat gold leafs. Very very beautiful.
Later I went to the area of Xochimilco (but here in Oaxaca). On the way I asked a local what that white thing was in the mountains, and it was an auditorium/concert hall. Then he joined me for a walk of like 3 hours around the city, telling me about Oaxaca and their living in general. He said (Alejandro also told me the day before) that here in Oaxaca, they sort of celebrate death. If you hear music and party from somewhere, you ask ”Is it a wedding or has someone died?”. People here don’t see it as something bad dying. So when you have the funeral, it’s a party at home with lots of food and music and fun, 7 days later you do another party for the one who is dead, and 40 days later a third party. Yep. They try to find all meanings to party here. :)
After walking around the whole day in like 30 degrees I was sort of dead, and I had to go home to take a siesta. J After that, I went to the fountain of the 8 districts of Oaxaca and sat there watching the fountain in the sunset until the sun was down.
At night, Alejandro took me on his motorcycle to visit his friend at her house. Such a sweet girl. After that we went downtown and ate dinner at a place called ”Zandunga”. We ordered in 3 different dishes which we shared, they were all typical dishes from here and vegetarian, and sooo god. We had:
Garnachos de queso, Tamal de elote, Molotes de plátano. The first two mentioned are deliiiicious. To that we drank agua de horchata. We also took a walk around the area and watched ants walk their way with leaves on their back. We had really deep talks about life, love and the universe. Such a lovely evening!