Home for Sale, Casa Loma Linda, located in Oaxaca City

Casa Loma Linda

Furnished house and bungalow with stunning panoramic vistas: Opportunity!
Located in the northern part of the city, we offer you this magnificent property with fully furnished house and bungalow, garden and spectacular vistas over the Sierra Norte, San Felipe and the whole city. Only a few minutes from the center of the city this precious house has easy access to all services (infrastructure) such as schools, university (faculty of medicine), shopping centers and sports facilities.
The property has 428 square meters on which are the main house, bungalow, garden and parking facility for 2 cars. The main house consists of 160 square meters.
The downstairs floor includes a terrace with views over the garden, a big kitchen, which is fully equipped, dining area, two furnished bedrooms, and a fully equipped bathroom. There is also a small room that can be used as an office space or small bedroom.
On the first floor you find the master bedroom with its own bathroom and the living room, as well as a beautiful terrace that offers spectacular views over mountains and city.
The bungalow also offers the same panoramic views from its dining and living room. It has two bedrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor and a complete bathroom.
The property is equipped with a water cistern for 15,000l and two water tanks: 2400 l on the main house and 1100l on the bungalow. Both buildings contain stationary gas tanks with capacities of 175l of gas each. They are equipped with a phone landline and internet connection. Cable tv, satellite etc. are available.
The house and bungalow could serve as a family home as well as a vacation rental with two units (house and bungalow) that are rentable separately with independent access, thus offer income generating opportunities for investors.
A wonderful property and a great opportunity to invest in a secure and quiet neighborhood close to the center of Oaxaca City and with all services at hand. Please find more information and pictures about this beautiful property on:
http://www.casalomalinda.info Contact: sales@casalomalinda.info. Posted Dec 2012

LORENA MONTES-Photoshoot in Oaxaca

2xeMG_2646_edited-12xeMG_2508_edited-23xeMG_26711-23xeMG_2493_edited-14xeMG_2420_edited-1 copy5eMG_2645_edited-16eMG_2506_edited-1Lorena is a full time artist living in Oaxaca. Her obras can be seen on her Facebook Page as well as on Jaguar Speaks at <https://morknme6.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/lorena-montes-oaxaca-artist-oaxaca-corazon/>. Lorena also has a Facebook page exhibiting her obras at: http://www.facebook.com/Artelorenamontes>.

An Exhibition of Lorena’s obras is planned for 1 December 2012, 7 pm, at La Olla Restaurante, Reforma No. 402 Centro Historico, Oaxaca. For info, infor@laolla.com.mex or Alan Goodin at morknme6@yahoo.com.

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Some of Lorena’s painting and an interview can be seen on You Tube at: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGqeFPg4Vn4>.  Also see Lorena’s work on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXLGqT79iYI&feature=BFa&list=PLB91B560AAF4F2138.

Posted 11-2012


Oaxaca FilmFest is dedicated to the recognition and advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema, creating opportunities for filmmakers, providing audiences with outstanding entertainment, and enhancing the economic well-being of The State Of Oaxaca.

“The New Sundance”, is what many Film Festival organizers are saying about the event which is rapidly emerging as one of the most important developing film festivals in the world,

Established in 2010 the Festival has been a uniquely successful collaboration between the private and public sectors injecting nearly $6,000,000 USD in tourism revenue into the region in the first two seasons.

In just three seasons the festival received nearly 3000 submissions from 77 different countries. With an extremely high standard for surviving the selection process, Oaxaca FilmFest has discovered some of the most brilliant filmmakers emerging on the international cinema scene today!

Tequila (Sony Clasics)

A Lonely Place For Dying (1,000,000 Downloads on iTunes)

Ecstasy (Toronto Film Festival )

Una Noche (Winner in TriBeCa)

LA SOGA (Amazon Top 10 independent Films)

Crebinsky (Currently in European Theaters)

La Pantera Negra (Currently in Latin American Theaters)

What to expect in 2012?

– 10 days

– 25 venues

– 300 screenings

– 10 Day Rally

– 5 Day Academic Program-With a Focus on Self Distribution

– International “Pitching” Market

– “Infamous” Fiestas

-and much much more.

Every Film in the Festival is a Mexican Premiere. In most cases a Latin American Premiere and in many cases a WORLD PREMIERE! There is something for everyone from “edge of your seat” feature films that include Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, and Clive Owen to thought provoking documentaries.

WHY DO WE NEED THE FUNDING? As with any event of this size money is always an issue. However, with the constant need for the public sector to invest their money into other areas and the economic woes of the private sector cash is tighter than ever. We have prided ourself in our ability to build the festival on a lean staff, a constant focus on “intercambios” (in kind support), and to invest wisely. For example we do not pay for actors and actresses to attend the event-we think it is more important to spend those dollars on high quality projections and academic events. Yet, at the “end of the day”…WE STILL NEED CASH! We do have many corporate partners and we are very grateful and proud of these relations. Yet, we continue to maintain simple relationships avoiding ONE large Corporate Sponsor so we can maintain our Freedom and Independence to continue to create an incredible event.

WHERE DOES YOUR DONATION GO? Simple! To begin preparation for next year’s event. This month marks the celebration of our third and biggest event to date and after taking one day off to rest we will begin to focus on Oaxaca FilmFest 4!

WHY IS OAXACA FILMFEST IMPORTANT? Oaxaca is a State rich in cuisine, culture, and history. It contains beautiful beaches and breath taking mountains. Yet, it is one of the poorest regions in Mexico. The people of this Region depend on dollars generated from tourism. The Festival provides much needed economic stimulus via tourism revenue.

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“Nefarious: merchant of souls

Directed/Dirección: Benjamin Nolot
96 min EUA 2011
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/Largometraje Documental.

From the very first scene, Nefarious ushers you into the nightmare of sex trafficking. When you see a woman being dragged to the ‘breaking grounds’, you will feel her despair. You will follow beside her as she is beaten, stripped naked, then sold to the highest bidder. After she’s auctioned off, she’s taken to a location where she will be sold night after night.
Desde la primera escena, Nefarious te introduce a la pesadilla del tráfico sexual. Cuando veas a una mujer que es arrastrada, sentirás su desesperación. Seguirás a su lado mientras ella es golpeada, desnudada y luego vendida al mejor postor. Después de haber sido subastada, es llevada a un lugar donde se venderá noche tras noche.


“Change You


Cheryl Hassen

12 min


Cast/Reparto: Debi Sawchuk Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros,
Josh Davis, Jillian Sodero Genre/Género: Documentary Short/Cortometraje Documental
Change You follows Albertan Debi Sawchuk and fellow group members on a journey through the Mexican jungle in Palenque and to the ancient spiritual sites of Yaxchilan and Tonina. They are inspired by Mayan Master Teacher Miguel Angel Vergara Calleros, whose gentle persona and profound insights encourage them to experience, to open their hearts.
Change You sigue a Albertan Debi Sawchuk y los demás miembros del grupo en un recorrido por la selva mexicana en Palenque y de los antiguos yacimientos espirituales de Yaxchilan y Tonin.. Se inspiran en el Maestro de maestros maya Miguel Ángel Vergara Calleros, cuya dulce personalidad y conocimientos profundos los anima a experimentar, a abrir sus corazones.


“Los refrigeradores

Directed/Dirección: Thomas Lehner
95 min Austria/Cuba 2012
Cast/Reparto: S/N. Genre/Género: Documentary Features/ Largometraje Documental.

Cuba on ice. Naturally it is served in cocktails at the beach bar. But for the island residents, keeping things in a cold, solid state is a matter of survival and constitute a daily struggle. Refrigerators are passed down from one generation to another, caringly maintained and restored.

Cuba on the rocks. Naturalmente es servido en cocteles en la playa o en el bar. Pero para los residentes de la isla, mantener cosas en estado frío y sólido es un asunto de sobrevivencia y constituye una lucha diaria. Refrigeradores son heredados de una generación a otra, mantenidos y restaurados con cuidado.

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Jim Cline is an award winning adveture travel phtographer based in San Diego, California. He always strives to transcend ordinary travel pictures and to convey a strong sense of place, and the spirt of the people in his photographs. Jin’s work has been displayed in galleries and the San Diego Natural History Museum, and his images have won numberous awards. Hi photographs have been phlished in books, newpapers, magazines, and CD covers. Jim now leads small group photogrpahic tours to carious locations throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru. Jim’s phography and information on his tours can be found at http://www.JimCline.com.“I first traveled to Southern Mexico to witness the Day of the Dead celebration in 1999, and I was so moved by the event, that I have gone back and photographed it every year since. It is a time of a whole range of emotions – from joy to sorrow, and it’s a time to recognize death as part of the circle of life and face it head on. It is a challenge for a photographer, as most of the interesting events occur while it is dark. I’ve tried to capture some of the meotion and excitement of this special time in Mexico.” On November 5th, 2012, Jim presented an hour long photo workshop to 30 members and guest of the Oaxaca Lending Library. More information on Jim Clines Tours can we seen at < http://www.jimcline.com/&gt;.

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DAY OF THE DEAD – OAXACA, MEXICO – 2012. All photos, Alan L. Goodin

Day of the Dead – Oaxaca, Mexico – 2012

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Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos is on November 2nd, with celebrations beginning on November 1, Día de Muertos Chiquitos–The Day of the Little Dead also All Saints Day, and continuing on November 2, All Souls Day. It is a joyous occasion when the memory of ancestors and the continuity of life is celebrated. It is believed that at this time the souls of the departed return to visit the living. It is not a time of mourning since “the path back to the living world must not be made slippery by tears”. Its roots are in ancient Mexico but it is celebrated in many North, Central, and South American countries. It is a mixture of indigenous and Catholic traditions and includes gathering at cemeteries for the cleaning and decoration of the grave sites and socializing. The manner of celebration varies regionally with folkloric traditions being particularly strong in Oaxaca where there is a substantial indigenous population.

El Día de Los Muertos originated in Mexico, before the Spanish conquest. The exact date is unknown but it has been speculated that the idea originated with the Olmecs, possibly as long as 3000 years ago. This concept was passed to other cultures such as the Toltecs, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec and Aztecs. Zapotec and Mixtec influence are strong in Oaxaca, see Linguistic map. The Aztec celebration was held during the Aztec month of Miccailhuitontli, presided over by the goddess Mictecacihuatl Lady of the Dead, and dedicated to children and the dead. Following the Spanish conquest of Mexico during the 16th century, there was a strong effort to convert the native population to Catholicism. There was a good deal of reluctance on the part of the indigenous people which resulted in a blending of old customs with the new religion. All Saints’ Day and All Hallows Eve (Halloween) roughly coincided with the preexisting Día de Los Muertos resulting in the present day event which draws from both. This “compromise” was necessary both to preserve church membership and to satisfy church authorities that progress was being made in converting the indigenous to Catholicism. Although the skeleton is a strong symbol for both Halloween and los Días de Los Muertos, the meaning is very different. For Días de Los Muertos the skeleton represents the dead playfully mimicking the living and is not a macabre symbol at all.

Preparation begins weeks in advance when statues, candies, breads and other items to please the departed are sold in markets. A sweet bread, pan de muerto, with decorations representing bones of the deceased is very popular as are sugar skulls. [see recipe for sugar skulls] All sorts of art objects and toys which symbolically represent death in some way are created and marketed. This gives the economy a boost in much the same way as our Christmas season does. Alters ofrecetas are set up in the home with offerings of sweets and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. These offerings may later be given away or consumed by the living after their essence has been enjoyed by the dead. Marigolds are the traditional decorative flower and copal is the traditional incense made from the resin of the copal tree.

The particulars of the celebration vary widely by region in Mexico. On November 1, Día de Muertos Chiquitos, the departed children are remembered. The evening is sometimes called la Noche de Duelo, The Night of Mourning, marked by a candlelight procession to the cemetery. On November 2, Día de los Muertos, the spirits of the dead return. Entire families visit the graves of their ancestors, bringing favorite foods and alcoholic beverages as offerings to the deceased as well as a picnic lunch for themselves. They spend the day cleaning and decorating the grave sites and visiting with each other and other families. Traditionally there is a feast in the early morning hours of November 2nd although many now celebrate with an evening meal. There are sugar skulls and toys for the children, emphasizing early on that death is a positive part of the life cycle. It is a happy occasion for remembering pleasant times with departed family members.

For more photos, see Gina’s Day of the Dead Tour
and Michelle Mengel’s photos of Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca City.


alabanza – a Catholic hymn of praise
los angelitos – Young children who have died too soon to have sinned and go straight to heaven
calaca – the Grim Reaper, a skeletal figure representing death
calavera – the skull or skeleton, which symbolically represents the dead playfully mimicking the living on the Day of the Dead. Sugar skulls are sold in great numbers during the celebration, often personalized with a name. It is believed that the dead like sweets.
calaverada – madcap escapade, tomfoolery; wild behavior
cempazuchitl or cempazúchil – Nabuafi language name for yellow marigold, symbolizing death
Chichihuacuahco – destination of the souls of children, the “wet-Nurse tree”.
Día de Muertos Chiquitos – The Day of the Little Dead, occurring on November 1, All Souls Day
El Día de Difuntos – also means Dia de los Muertos
hojaldra – a sweet bread made for los Días de los Muertos.
Hueymiccailhuitl – The 10thAztec month (20 days) in which deceased adults were honored following Miccailhuitontli
Iztcuintle – a small dog to serve as a guide and companion of the dead
Miccailhuitontli – The 9th Aztec month (20-days) in which rituals were performed honoring the deceased children, around July-August
Mictecacihuatl – The Aztec goddess of the dead
Mictlan – destination of the soul after death, the region of silence and repose, also known as the place of the fleshless
la Noche de Duelo – ‘The Night of Mourning.’ Begins El Día de los Muertos with a candlelight procession to the cemetery
ofrenda – an alter in the home with offerings of food, etc. set out for the returning souls. The dead partake of these gifts and the living consume them afterwards.
pan de muerto – the bread of the dead, a sweet bread baked expressly for the Days of the Dead holiday; decorations on top of the bread resemble the bones of the dead.
Quecholli – The 14th Aztec month during which deceased warriors were honored
rosquete – a sweet bread made for los Días de los Muertos.
Tlalocan – destination of the souls of those who died due to earthquake or drowning, paradise of Tlaloc, the water keeper.
Tonatiuh ilhuicatl – destination of the souls of warriors, the dwelling place of the sun

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