Today began with a trip to the Abastos market, near the south edge of the central district of oaxaca. Today was the opening of the special ‘Muertos’ section of the market, full of special flowers, candles, trinkets and food for the “dia de los muertos” celebrations. We bought flowers, candles, little skeleton figurines, copal incense, and incense burner, and some sugar cane. Here, Lara buys some marigolds
On the way there, we found elvis!
and on the way back, we found a sign which if directly translated to english, results in a hilarious, if off-colour phrase (grupo=group, tornillo=screw)
Then it was back to San Martin Tilcajete, to see our old friends Jacobo and Maria Angeles, and to leave a bunch more money there in exchange for exquisite wood carvings. As always, there were a bunch of gorgeous pieces there, finished and in progress, as well as a huge stock of carved blanks, ready for painting. We selected another ‘gato’ blank:
and chose black and red for this one, kind of in the style of this one
afterwards, Jim found a little ‘Oso’ that he had to take home, too. Before we left, we made sure to get a picture with the artist and one of his recent works!
After such a strenuous shopping experience, we went to Jacobo and Maria’s restuarant and had a great comida. Then back to town, drop of some laundry, then back to the casa for seista!