Mar 6, 2007, 5:30 PM
Post #1 of 20
It seems as if Oaxaquenos are making up for lost time. Maybe it's my imagination, but there seem to be more festivities here in Oaxaca City than ever. I ran into four different musical groups walking from my house to the zocalo the other night. There is also an International Dance Festival in progress with performances in Parque Llano and the Botanical Garden. Most are free. Tourists are here, but not in as great numbers, which is okay with me (selfish person that I am!)
A "must see" is the Graffiti exhibit at IAGO, Toledo's Graphic Arts Museum across from Santo Domingo Church. No matter where you stand politically, this is bound to stir emotions.
APPO is still alive, but it's difficult to tell how much strength/following it has. While some people find it easy to take sides, I have a hard time sorting it all out. All my Mexican friends, also, tell me it's very complicated, so it's not totally my thick skull. The injustices go back centuries, of course, and are ingrained. However, life here is getting better for many folks, hence APPOs failure to rally large "revolutionary" numbers. That, plus the increased police presence.
I love the energy and creativity of people in this city. I can be as involved and active, and as laid back and private as I like.