"Oaxaca,

Mexico: An

Expatriate Life"

Writing and

Pictures by

Diana Ricci

Calle Macedonio Alcalá: a photo album by Diana Ricci

Calle Macedonio Alcalá also known as the Andador (walking street) is a connecting street that takes one through the Centro and to the Zócalo. A daily amble is always an experience in the ambience and style that is Oaxaca . One always sees the usual variety of vendors (baskets, hammocks, blouses, and papel de amate paintings of bold colors), musicians working for a tip, open stores displaying their wares, and tourists. Walking northward from the Zócalo for about 10 blocks one will pass 3 colonial churches, MACO (Museum of Contemporary Arts), many restaurants, coffee houses, artesania stores, 3 parks, and the big stone wall of the Santa Domingo complex of church, museum, and ethnobotanical garden. However, it is the life on the street itself with the variety of vendors, musicians playing singly or in groups, and lots of people walking, sitting on what walls are available, and enjoying the atmosphere and surprises at any time of day. The following pictures depict the variety I see as I repeatedly walk from my casita toward the Zócalo:

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This is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACO) with its recently renovated facade.
This store sells "artesania" (crafts) of Oaxaca. Maria Sabina was a famous "curendera" (cure-er) from the mountain town of Huautla de Jimenez.
Teotitlán is famous for its wool rugs and wall hangings. When I first came here, many years ago, they were only weaving ponchos.

There are lots of guitar players in Oaxaca, but this is the only street musician who plays the mandolin.

He's an excellent musician.

How many hours could YOU sit in this position?
A hammock seller plying his trade in front of Santo Domingo church.
The ubiquitous water seller. All day long, you can hear them crying "aaaaaaaaguaaaa".
A street art installation, one of a series sponsored by the MACO.
This papier maché man showed up one day last winter, untitled and un-named. The artist almost certainly was Boris Spider, who lives nearby,

 

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