School girl in Panajachel, Guatemala, selling fabrics. She says "Why don't you buy my stuff?" I gave her a little Australian flag.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Christmas in Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca Interlude

It was Christmas Eve. Chrissy, my travel companion, and I headed for the zocalo, or central plaza of the town to watch the celebrations..

By 10 pm we were engulfed in a sea of happy families filling all available space behind the roped off streets of the procession route. Each church (and there seems to be one every few city blocks) had its elaborate nativity float beautifully decorated, crowded with gorgeous ladies and school children dressed up in their finery, as angels (or fairies?) waving a wand at the spectators. Infant Jesus was the centerpiece resting in a fancy cradle.
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