February 7, 2010, Sunday—Breakfast at the SD Market
This morning we made our way via bus and taxi to Santo Domingo Barrio Bajo Etla for a fabulous breakfast at the Sunday market.
The townspeople set up a weekly market in a field adjacent to a soccer field. It was a great morning with the sun out and not too hot. There were several kinds of tamales (green, sweet, and mole), memelitas with chorizo and chicharron, salsas, fruit, vegetables, tacos, café and hot chocolate oaxaqueno, a drink made from corn, and pan dulce. Needless to say, none of us were hungry after that. Maria set up a table & chairs for us to enjoy the sitting and talk. We sat around the table for awhile and talked about our two cultures, our presidents, where we live, etc. After a while 2 sisters, Ittai and Karla Perez, about 11-13 years old came and wanted to practice English with us. They learned English in school, starting in kindergarten, and spoke without accents. In the group setting they were very shy and we tried to make small talk with them. They were great!
Camerino Santiago gave us a ride to the taxi stand in Etla where we said “hasta la vista” and not good-bye. We caught a community taxi back to Oaxaca with the typical capacity of 6 passengers and the driver.
It was such a lovely day I (Susan) decided to take a long walk in search of streets without construction. I followed Pino Suarez to the end. The street name changes when crossing the highway to San Felipe. It was a very pleasant way to spend an hour. I (Susan) went to church and got lost in the ritual associated with communion. I was about a half a step behind but did get to say good-bye. I came home to find Rick and Stan gone to dinner. Francine and I went for gelato down at the Zocalo.