Conifer-Hunting in Mexico
A comfortable day. We rose late, had a pleasant breakfast at a little cafe in the hotel, and then got our car out of its lot. I should note that parking the car in Oaxaca, nay in Mexico, is often an epic. No one leaves anything, least of all a valued vehicle, on the street during the hours of darkness. Cars spend the night behind high walls, under lock and key. However, cars are scarce enough, especially amongst tourists, that many hotels, including ours, do not even have a place to park. Instead our motel has an arrangement with a parking lot five block away that we can park there. However, on Sunday that lot was only open from 2000 to 2030, so we had to dash over and park the car during that window. Then we could not retrieve it on Monday until the lot opened at 0800. Later, we could not really park it before 1700 because although the lot was open, it was also full, because it's a popular lot with the commuter crowd. Finally, we had to get the car into the lot before its weekday closing time of 1800. This cumbersome process was hardly unique to Oaxaca; it was duplicated in every city we stayed in.
Anyway, we got the car, and then drove up to Monte Alban, just a few kilometers from and 600 m above the city. We spent about four hours touring this, the greatest city of the Zapotec empire. I will not elaborate on its historical significance, though; HERE is one good link on the subject, and HERE is another.
Afterwards, we spent the rest of the day around town. Bob and I found a science library at the Ethnobotanical Garden that provided important information about finding gymnosperms in Oaxaca, and we did some other useful stuff before copping an hour of siesta and then heading out for a quick stop at the internet cafe and then another evening of good food, good music and good people-watching at the Zocalo. Now it is very late and I must to bed.
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