Laura Anderson Barbata in corrobation with the Museo Textil de Oaxaca’s current show (8 Dec 2012 to 12 April 2013) is “Transcomunalidad: Intervenciones y colaboraciones con comunidades de Zanqueros”. Address: Hidalgo 917, Historico Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Dear Vagabundos,

The second trip is a go… Vagabundos on the waiting list for the first
trip with a paid deposit have already gotten in and we have plenty of
space left. So…

Let’s go to Chiapas!  We’ll experience the magical Palenque ruins,
visit the thundering cascades of Agua Azul, enjoy the magnificent
views around San Cristobal de las Casas, and boat up the Sumidero
Canyon.  We’ll shop for the most incredible crafts made by the
indigenous artisans from the different villages and learn about the
age-old customs of the people from this wonderful region.

Attached you will find,

— The itinerary with specific dates, times, and schedules for side trips.
— The links file that you might find useful in your research for the
places we will be visiting.
— The bus layout that will help you decide what seat to choose.
Please be wise with your selection as you will keep the same seat for
the entire trip. Please give me alternative seat selections in case
the seats you have chosen have been taken by the time you reply. I
— The payment options file which informs you of the ways you can get
the payment to me. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

I’m also pasting the information below in case you have any problem
downloading the files.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for questions or reservations.

I look forward to seeing you on our bus (and plane)!


David Rico Olalde
Los Vagabundos
Centella No. 28
Fracc. La Lejona, 2a Seccion
San Miguel de Allende, Gto.
(415) 152-3013

Los Vagabundos Explore Chiapas!

March 12-20, 2013

Double Occupancy USD $875 *
Single Occupancy USD $1070

Your payment includes transportation to and from airports, airfare,
transportation in Chiapas on a first class bus, hotel for 8 nights,
side trips to Palenque, Cascadas de Agua Azul, San Juan Chamula, San
Lorenzo Zinacantan, and the Sumidero Canyon, a city tour of San
Cristobal de las Casas, and tips to bus driver, hotel maids, and
baggage handlers. The entrance fees to museums and ruins are not
included. You are responsible for your own food and your own

Tuesday, March 12 – Leave from Central de Autobuses at 10:30 a.m. for
the Mexico City airport where we should arrive around 3:00 p.m. Our
flight departs from Mexico City at 5:00 p.m. and arrives in
Villahermosa at 6:30 p.m. Our hotel, Hilton (993) 313-6800, is
conveniently located close to the airport.

Wednesday, March 13 – Leave our hotel at 8:00 a.m. for Palenque where
we should arrive around 10:30 a.m. Our hotel, Maya Tulipanes (916)
345-0201, is located in the ecological and touristic area of La

Leave the hotel at 12:00 p.m. for the Palenque ruins (entrance fee not
included). We’ll spend about four hours exploring this archaeological
site and its museum. There is easy transport to the hotel for those
who would like to get back earlier (or later).

Thursday, March 14 – Leave our hotel at 9:00 a.m. for San Cristobal de
las Casas. We will stop at the Misol-Ha waterfall for about 30 minutes
and then on to Cascadas de Agua Azul where we should arrive around
noon. We will stay for about two hours so you will have time to eat
and swim. Bring your bathing suit! We’ll leave for San Cristobal at
2:00 p.m. and should get there around 7:00 p.m. Our hotel, Best
Western La Noria (967) 678-6878, is centrally located.

Friday, March 15 – Meet in the lobby at 9:30 a.m. for a 2-hour guided
walking city tour. The rest of the day is yours! Start touring the
city and its surroundings. Visit Casa Na-Bolom, Museo del Ambar, Museo
de la Medicina Maya, Café Museo Café, Templo de Santo Domingo, Mercado

Saturday, March 16 – Free in San Cristobal.  Explore the places where
you might have a special interest like the pottery village of
Amatenango del Valle, Reserva Ecologica Huitepec, and Grutas de San
Cristobal, or go shopping for some of those wonderful crafts being
sold all around town, or take a trip to the caves and lakes nearby…

Sunday, March 17 – Leave the hotel at 9:30 for a guided visit of the
San Juan Chamula and the San Lorenzo Zinacantan villages. We should be
back to the hotel around 3:00 p.m. The rest of the day is yours!

Monday, March 18 – Free in San Cristobal. Enjoy your last day in this
picturesque town! Take a trip to another village (I will help you make
arrangements) or just go wild on last minute shopping.

Tuesday, March 19 – Leave the hotel at 10:00 a.m. for Chiapa de Corzo.
Bring an overnighter. Our hotel, La Ceiba (961) 616-0389, is centrally
located and has a swimming pool. Meet in the lobby at 11:30 a.m. for
our trip up the Sumidero Canyon. We will get on boats and enjoy its
magnificent view for a couple of hours before a lunch stop. We should
be back to the hotel around 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20 – Leave the hotel at 10:30 a.m. for the airport.
Our plane departs from Tuxtla Gutierrez at 12:45 p.m. and arrives in
Mexico City at 2:30 p.m. We’ll then head on home, stopping at Parador
San Pedro for dinner and getting to San Miguel around 8:30 p.m.

* Prices are per person.

IMPORTANT: Departure and arrival times may change due to flight schedules.

Los Vagabundos

Payment options
Pay at least half of the total amount when you make your reservation
and the remainder by the end of January. If you reserve six weeks or
less before the trip, you need to pay in full at the moment of

There are three easy ways to get the payment to me:

1)     Come to Centella No. 28 in La Lejona (behind Mega) and give us
your check (USD). If we’re not home, please place it in the mail box
located on our door. You cannot miss it. It has a sign that reads,
“Los Vagabundos Mail”. If you don’t see it, you are at the wrong
place.  Please don’t leave cash in our mail box. If you need to pay in
cash, please call me to make an appointment.

2)     Put your check in an envelope and take it to the post office
(corner of Correo and Corregidora streets).  The envelope should be

David Rico Olalde
A.P. 611
San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

The post office opens Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  They will charge you 7
pesos because it counts as a local delivery. Please let me know when

3)     Call me to make arrangements for check or cash pick up,

David Rico Olalde
(415) 152-3013

Please make checks payable to “David Rico Olalde”

It is important that you write on the memo of the check, “Los
Vagabundos/Chiapas trip”

Please date USD checks in US format MM/DD/YYYY. (It can also be any
other format but spelling out the month)

If you are outside of San Miguel de Allende, ask for a fourth option.

If you decide to pay in pesos, please go to the link below to make the
conversion (the very day you pay)…

Cancellations and Refunds

Ø     Cancel 20 days in advance to get a full refund if our entire
trip is by land.
Ø     Cancel six weeks in advance to get a full refund if our trip
includes one or more flights.
Ø     If you cancel after these dates, we will be able to refund only
whatever we can get back from hotels and airlines. It is usually from
50% down, depending on your timing.

Please let me know if I can be of any help in making the payment process easier.


David Rico Olalde
Los Vagabundos

Links Chiapas trip

From The New York Times

Frugal Traveler: Old Time, and New, Amid Maya Ruins of Palenque
Frugal Traveler: Eco-Farmers in Soggy Las Guacamayas


Cascadas de Agua Azul

San Cristóbal de las Casas

San Juan Chamula


Chiapa de Corzo and Sumidero Canyon,_Chiapas


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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Lorena Montes, a Oaxacan artist, was born in Oaxaca (13 de junio de 1980). She begin serious painting in 2000 and has since had many exhibition. While she has many favorite artist, in Mexico, Tamayo tops her list, internationally, Egon Schile. She studied art at Taller de Artes Plasticas Rufino Tamayo.

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See Lorena’s work on YouTube  with Lila Downs singing at:

Also view her works at: with the voice of Nayeli Nesme.

Oaxaca, corazón, Lorena Montes (See Lorena’s Obras at: <>.

Lorena Montes se busca en Oaxaca, su ciudad, con tesón. Y lo hace a través de las artes: el dibujo, la pintura, el grabado y la mixtura de técnicas. Porque, pese a sus escasos 30 años, es una maestra en tierra de maestros, Oaxaca, la ciudad de los artistas en México.

Cuando la conocí en Barcelona (2004), ella estaba aprendiendo a grabar con Juan Alcázar. Viajaban juntos. El maestro grabador me telefoneó y nos reunimos los tres para compartir un tradicional esmorzar de forquilla en la Fonda Europa de Granollers. Así la conocí. Les había dado mis señas Francisco Toledo, el mítico artista y agitador cultural oaxaqueño, a quien yo había tratado fascinado en mi entonces reciente primer viaje a México (2003), tras tener noticia de él por dos exposiciones colectivas europeas previas, Col·lecció Jean Planque: la novel·la d’un col·leccionista (Barcelona: Museu Picasso, 2002) y Oaxaca, Tierra de Arte: uno sguardo sull’arte contemporanea messicana (Torino: Palazzo Bricherasio, 2003). En la primera, Francisco Toledo era el artista más joven de la colección internacional; en la segunda, la gran figura viviente de una brillante muestra local, en compañía de Rodolfo Morales, Rufino Tamayo, Sergio Hernández, Luis Zárate, Demián Flores, Guillermo Olguín, Maximino Javier, Filemón Santiago, Rubén Leyva, Alejandro Santiago y José Villalobos. Al visitar el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, amplié la nómina con Francisco Gutiérrez, Rodolfo Nieto… Oaxaca es, en verdad, Tierra de Arte. El verano pasado volví a la ciudad para dar charlas y lecturas. En esta ocasión conocí personalmente a la poeta zapoteca Irma Pineda, al maestro ceramista Claudio Jerónimo, al maestro escultor Víctor Orozco… y volví a ver en su medio a la joven Lorena Montes, ahora con un taller propio que visité gustoso. De este enjambre artístico oaxaqueño, caracterizado por un peculiar sentido onírico de lo real, proviene la paciente y valiosa labor de nuestra maestra buscándose, escudriñándose con la mano que pinta, dibuja, graba… convertida en instrumento de mirada. Certera y metódica, interior y exterior, late. Oaxaca, corazón, Lorena Montes.

El autorretrato deliberado y metódico es un género moderno, de gran eclosión contemporánea, cuyos primeros eslabones relevantes nos remontan a Durero, Rembrandt y Goya, y cuyo desarrollo pasa, en coexistencia con la fotografía, por Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Toledo… hasta nuestro siglo XXI. En literatura, las escrituras del Yo, hoy tan en auge, nos remontan a Montaigne (Les Essais) y Rousseau (Les Confessions). Podría decirse, en este sentido, que Montes practica un arte del Yo, lo que en las letras más recientes consideraríamos como autoficción, ese terreno borroso en el que la realidad se rebasa a sí misma sin renunciar a ser real. Un terreno en el que Proust se anticipó con brillantez. Helo pues: aquí, así, nos late el arte de Lorena Montes. Y digo que nos late porque se rebasa a sí misma y, explorándose, nos explora; y acabamos, cada uno, latiendo con su corazón en Oaxaca. Porque descubriéndose ella nos descubre.

Ramon Dachs

Oaxaca, corazón, Lorena Montes.

En:  aDa Art Gallery (Barcelona) del 8 al 20 de abril.


13 de Junio de 1980 Oaxaca, México.


2011.- Oaxaca, corazón. Lorena Montes Galeria Ada. Barcelona España
Lorena Montes. Obra gráfica Café-bar-lounge Ebano, Barcelona
2010.- Introspección Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México.
2008.-Cuarto Creciente, Taller de Artes Plasticas Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca.
2007.-Acuarelas,en el del festival “Humanitas” Restaurant Ma Bonita,Oax
2005.-Tejiendo Miradas, Restaurante Galería La Olla, Oaxaca.
Espejismos, Galería Axis, Oaxaca.
2004.- Mirada Intima, Restaurante Galería La Olla, Oaxaca.
2003.- Entre Mares Desiertos, Restaurante Galería La Olla, Oaxaca.
2002.- Origen Galería Tiburcio Ortiz, Oaxaca


Expo Aniversario Galería aDa Barcelona España
Expo Yo pinto en el Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo. Oaxaca.
Expo Colectiva Galería La Colección Puebla, Puebla
Neblina Morada Paraninfo de la Facultad de Derecho UABJO. Oaxaca
Variaciones de Oaxaca, Sede de la Unesco, Barcelona España.
Sobreviviendo, Manéjese con cuidado. (Carpeta Grafica) Museo de los Pintores oaxaqueños y Galería Casa Lamm, Mexico DF
Tercera generación del Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo, Museo de los Pintores oaxaqueños.
Presente y pasado en la Plástica Oaxaqueña, Casa de la Cultura Oaxaqueña.
Matices de Oaxaca Exconvento del Templo de Sta Maria de la Asunción, Tlaxiaco,Oax.
Exposición de Grafica del Taller Rufino Tamayo Oaxaca. Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de Mexico.
Nueva Plástica Oaxaqueña, en el Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños.
Museo Conner de la Universidad de Texas A&M Kingsville Texas.
Homenaje a Diego Rivera, Museo Anahuacalli, México DF.
Una Noche de Arte Oaxaqueño, En el Museo del Risco, Ciudad de México.
Orquídeas de Oaxaca, en el Museo de la Filatelia, Oaxaca Oax.
Oaxaca en España, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Pozuelo de Alarcón Madrid, España.
Cuicapiques y Tlacuilos, Centro Cultural Casa Lamm. México.
Titeregrafías Coordinación de Relaciones públicas y comunicación del Estado, Tlaxcala Tlax.
Edición Limitada, Galería del Centro Cultural de Chiapas Jaime Sabines.
Acuarelas en el centro Mexicano de la Tortuga, el Mazunte Oaxaca.
2002 Mujeres, colores y Texturas, Exposición de mujeres creadoras en la casa de la mujer Rosario Castellanos.
Muestra de Artes Plásticas del XXVII Festival de invierno en el Museo de Arte Assis Chateaubriand de la universidad Estatal de Paraiba Campina Grande Brasil.
Exposición colectiva en la Galería de la Fundación Politécnico AC. México..
Exposición de grafica, Instituto de Investigaciones estéticas de Veracruz.
Subasta de Arte Bienal de pintura y grabado Paul Gauguin en la Casa Guerrerense en el DF.
Exposición de becarios, Galería Tonalli SEDESOL, México DF.
Graphsodia en la Pinacoteca de la Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero.
¿Corazón porque no amas? Galería Rodolfo Morales del centro Cultural Ricardo Flores Magón. Oaxaca oax.

• Acervo Artístico de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
• Museo nacional de Arte de Bolivia
• Museo de la Nacion, Perú
• Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo de Costa Rica
• Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Ecuador.
• Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de la Universidad de Chile.
• Museo de Arte Assis Chateaubriand de la Universidad Estadual de Paraiba Campina Grande, Brasil.
• Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca

Ramon Dachs
(Ramon Dachs is librarian of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, the city where he was born in 1959.)

More of Lorena’s work can be seen on her website at:

MEMORIES OF OAXACA by Alan L. Goodin (El Jaguar)

Memories of Oaxaca

“There’s something happening here.
What it is ain’t exactly clear.”*
By Alan Goodin

When I first ventured to Oaxaca it was in 1989. There, something unexplainable came over me, something I couldn’t explain to myself or any of my friends when I returned home to Sacramento. Whatever IT was, IT had burned a place in my mind and a profound sense of wonderment in my soul. Every other year since then, I returned to Oaxaca and eventually Puerto Escondito, Acapulco, and Mexico City. Oaxaca wasn’t like any of those other cities. It was different and when I wasn’t there, something inside my spirit was missing. No matter if my body was standing atop 11,000 foot Mt. Shasta, trout fishing on the Colorado’s Flathead River or skiing in Mammoth, my mind was in Oaxaca.

My obsession with Oaxaca caused me to move there in 2000, Yet, even after living here, I couldn’t put my finger on why. Late one night, on The Day of the Dead, sitting in a cemetery, alongside graves and alters with large groups of Indigenous people, something happened to me. I literally saw into another world, as if the heavens parted and ‘the Word’ was revealed to me. I could see and sense multiple worlds.
A second set of eyes were opened to me. I was seeing life and death simultaneously. Was I with Virgil, guiding me into those Dark Woods? Had Saint Peter opened the Pearly Gates? As always, I had a camera with me. When I picked up my photos I wasn’t surprised to see people I knew to be alive, standing, sitting, and talking with near-human, luminous souls, their friends and ancestors I suspected. Of course that was the second point. Seeing is believing! But being in the present and past, well it was time to break out the mescal and ‘break bread’ with the Gods. I was in between yesterday and today, but in this time zone, yesterday wasn’t the day before today, it was decades and eons from the past.

Later that night, back at my hotel in the centro, I had all the amenities of the first world, yet I could walk out the door into the Zocalo and find myself immersed in a cornucopia of Third World scenes and scents; chocolates, moles, roasting chickens, smoke from wood fires, beautiful trees, varying groups of beautifully dressed Indigenous people and something else. Whatever IT was, it wasn’t visual. It was sensory! And IT enveloped my body and soul. Past and present coexisted, right outside my window. Yikes! Beware, I hadn’t been warned, but there was nothing to fear. “Cast fate to the wind,” I thought. The river Styx had been crossed and I had entered the Dark Wood.

In 2003 I begin writing and my writing took me out of the Zocalo and into Mitla, Teotitlan, Etla, San Martin and the surrounding villages. There were all the foods, handicrafts, traje (traditional clothing), and numerous rituals of the Third World inhabited by the Triques, Zapotecos, Olmecas and other Indigenous peoples who settled this valley one, two and maybe three thousand years ago. I’ve heard it said by many that the Maya, Aztecs and Zapotecos abandoned their great temples and lands in Oaxaca long ago. Numerous reasons are given; over population, drought and war. That’s not exactly true.

You see, they’re still here—everywhere. More simply stated, Oaxaca is a suburb of Monte Alban, Mitla, Zachilla and the multitude of ‘archeological sites’ that are seeded and growing within the Oaxaca Valley, surrounding mountains and hills. Because they are everywhere that was when I noticed there were multiple worlds, all in one valley; the natural, the historical and the spiritual. I never had to think about going to any place again, as I can stand in Teotitlan, Milta, Monte Alban or any of the hundreds of villages in and around Oaxaca and be in three places at once. It was free. All I had to do was opened my mind.

In 1995 the Zapatista Rebellion was stampeding its way across southeastern Mexico and I was pulled into its current, and another realization. Here is some guy in Chiapas, Marcos, parading around in the jungle like a Post Modern Cyber-Che Guevara, with a ski mask on and wearing two watches; one set on Mexican time and one set on Zapatista time. Corny as it seems, the symbolism in Marcos’ gesture was another spiritual experience, except this time it was “mind and time expansion.” At the time, Mexico did not observe Daylight Savings. How primitive! Then I was informed by some Zapatistas that they don’t even observe Mexican time. The whole concept of timelessness opened a spiritual part of my mind that had only been opened once before, in Vietnam, in combat, where all too often time does not exist.

To me, all of the things that have and will happen in Oaxaca are in the present tense. Oaxaca simply is! It’s like the Emerald City. There is no time here. One afternoon, while walking by the colonial church, Santa Domingo, a brand new Jaguar drove past me, followed in seconds by an old man wearing a weather beaten cowboy hat and riding a burro. Observing the First and Third World clash, I thought, this is incredible. But the more I pondered what I had just seen, I said to myself, “Wait! That was no ‘clash.” I had just seen the First and Third world meld—like all the ingredients in Oaxaca’s Seven Moles; the flavors of a thousand years being served in the 21st Century, as if nothing had really changed. That’s the point! For many in Oaxaca, some things never have changed. Better said, “When you come to Oaxaca, YOU CHANGE!”

So, First World, Third World, Mexican Time, or No Time; historically, culturally, spiritually or any way you chose to describe “Memories of Oaxaca,” for me, it’s Milagro. It’s Magic!

*For What it’s Worth, by Stephen Stills

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Photo courtsey of Alan Goodin is a retired Correctional Officer and Vietnam Veteran who migrated to Oaxaca in 2000. He has authored the novel, “Life Imitating Death: Making Dollars and Sense” set in Chiapas and Oaxaca and is currently working on another creative non-fictive novel, “A Place We Ought Not to Be,” a story about a Special Forces soldier in Vietnam. The story is based as some actual event as well as those related to him by his friends in the California Central Valley Vietnam organization. He is a passionate photographer and has been published. Recently he did all the photos used in a presentation on Zapoteco Codicies use by Linda Martin at the OLL. He can be reached at Many of his photographs appear on the Oaxaca Lending Library’s website.

OAXACA STREET ART-Ongoing Photo-Series

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Oaxaca Street Art is part of an ongoing series, that is, Oaxaca Street Art is a full-time occupation for any photographer to keep up with. Over time I will ad artist names, locations of art, and definitions that explain to the reader that Street Artists are not to be confused with those members-at-large who simply valdalize property. In most cases, the Art I present will be that of artist who were ‘asked’ to come and paint.