Oct 10, 2010, 3:17 PM
Post #2 of 4
I was in Oaxaca City and San Cristobal last week of September and returned home Tuesday. I was on a buying trip. One of seven I do a year in the interior of Mexico. I and two other women from Oaxaca took the "red eye" bus from Oaxaca City to San Cristobal. We shopped nonstop at the markets, some only protected by tarps and umbrellas. I was reluctant to go to San Cristobal because of the flooding in Oaxaca (before the mudslide.) My friend checked with the bus service and they gave us the green light. We spent three days buying textiles from sun up to sun down. The vendors were there setting up every morning and tearing down every night during the torrential rain. We bought beautiful things. We readied ourselves to head back to Oaxaca on the "red eye" the day after the Oaxaca mudslide and, of course, they canceled all bus service into Oaxaca City. Bridges were out and there were several rock/mudslides on all main roads. So, we enjoyed another day in San Cristobal. Great food, great wine and great people. We got out the next night but I didn't sleep a wink as our bus had several close calls. I was seated behind the bus driver. Even though I couldn't see as it was dark, when he slammed on the brakes and swerved to the side of the mountain, I was alert! When we stopped before crossing bridges, I held my breath. When we arrived in Oaxaca City, three hours longer then usual, I wholeheartedly thanked the bus driver. (I really wanted to hug him.) HE was a life saver! We were NUTS to be out there in that mess. However, I'm glad we went. (Easy to say now!) There are fewer and fewer of us going into the interior of Mexico to buy folk art and hand sewn textiles. Every time I go on a buying trip in Mexico, I'm thankful I've got the guts to go. The indigenous villagers make a living selling their art. When I've made my purchases, they always ask, "When are you coming back?"
I'm heading back to San Cristobal in January. Can't wait.