Tonight I paid Alejandro for the first 8 days. It turns out he is leaving on a hiking trip tomorrow morning and will return Sunday. I think I will delay the start of my tour until Sunday so I can see him before I leave.
The two French girls left this evening for Chiapas. They finally hooked up with Jackson
who just came back from there. He was able to give them some hints about the weather
and the long bus ride. In the photo are Vanessa, Coralie, Alejandro, Dennise, Alejandro
junior, and Monica.
Alejandro's father dropped in later with his wife and other grandson. The two boys raised quite a racket playing "soccer" and "basketball" in the living room.
Kimberlee has a very nice place just down the street from the Mercado de Artesanias. Her 15-year-old son Kameron is with her. He has been studying Spanish since the age of 6 and is completely fluent. Kimberlee also invited Michael, another student staying in the same building who happens to be one of the students in my class.
After class I did some shopping downtown. I bought a razor at a farmacia. I bought a book of Graciela Iturbide prints as a thank-you gift for Monica and Alejandro. Previously another student gave me some stickers that I can give to the kids, and I'll give my two Sonoma County postcards to the neighbor who let me wait in his apartment the night I arrived.
The SRJC group had our going-away dinner at La Olla restaurant tonight since some are leaving tomorrow night. I think this was the first time that the entire group was actually together in one place at the same time. I sat next to Leslie and bought her a little bouquet of flowers from a vendor walking among the tables. After the (two-hour) meal she and some of the others went to the Candalaria for salsa dancing. I went back to the house and finished my homework.
This evening five of us plus Leonard and Zinny, a couple from Mountain View who were
in my cooking class, went to a baseball game. The Oaxaca Guerreros were playing the
Tabasco Hormigas (ants!). The stadium is large and well-appointed with the usual
visual and sound effects, cheerleaders, and team mascot. I bought a Guerreros team jersey
for Sue. They only had children's sizes or I would have got another one for myself for 200
pesos ($18). We left during the seventh-inning stretch with the home team ahead 14 to 4.
Before dinner, Alejandro's father Benito invited me to ride downtown with him in his car.
We went back to the mercado where he and Alejandro each have puestos (stalls)
selling fish and aquariums. We wandered around the mercado a bit and he offered to
buy me a nieve (Oaxacan ice cream) but I wasn't hungry. I did mention that I wanted
to buy a molinillo (hand-made wooden stirrer for hot chocolate) so he bought two and
gave me one.
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