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Goats and pigs and chicken and kids and trucks. Women and men standing still. Women and men selling goats and pigs and chicken. Men feeding goats. One can hardly walk five feet without stepping on feet and paws and tails. And there he was. With a mattress over his head he was making his way through the utter chaos. Lord Byron would have immortalized his valiant effort as: "He walks with matterss over his head.....". But I am no Byron, nor could I know whether he had raven tress.

I am not sure how he could see anything, but he sailed smoothly through it all, without dislodging a single sombrero. He was my hero of the day.

This is taken at the most interesting market in Oaxaca. About five blocks away from the city center (zocalo), there is a permanent market which is a fascinating place to stimulate all your senses. However, every Saturday, an "animal market" is set up behind this big market where pigs, sheep, goats, chicken are sold offering a hell of a sight. Very few toursists go there and even I stood out as an outsider (I usually blend in with the crowd. Well, maybe not so much in Sweden). However, within a few minutes we befriended a father (Mario) and son who gave us a very informative description of the market. Apparently some of the animals were not doing very well, and those two guys in the back were trying to feed a sick sheep for twenty minutes. We avoided lamb chop that night.

Theme: Four days back in Mexico
"Mexico is naturally surreal"
--- Andre Breton

Well, I could not resist the force. So, over the Memorial day long weekend a friend of mine and I took another trip to Mexico. I only had 5 days and wanted to spend time in both Mexico city and Oaxaca. Arrived in Mexico City on Thursday afternoon (May 24th). Walked around the city that afternoon and the whole Friday. Took the midnight bus to Oaxaca. It's a fabulous option as you sleep and commute at the same time without wasting any time. Reached Oaxaca at 7 am Saturday. Spent the whole Saturday and Sunday in Oaxaca and the neighbouring villages, and took the midnight bus back to Mexico City on Sunday.Back in Mexico City on Monday morning 7 am. Took anothee bus to Puebla for the day and back to Mexico City that night. We were exhausted, but the Pueblano mole is definitely worth the trip. Back in the US on Tuesday (May 30th).

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