First off, sorry for no photos so far- every place we have used the computer won't let us upload anything. As soon as we get to somewhere that allows us to upload we will- promise!
This week has been really good, as I type this though I can see a massive rain storm coming in over the Sierra Norte mountain range. Everyone is still in the pool though!
We have been studying hard at the Instituto of Cultural Oaxaca which has been great and greatly improved our Spanish which helps with hostels/taxis/tickets/meals etc etc! We will be sad to leave Oaxaca as it has so much charm and we have met so many lovely people whilst we have been here. The food in Oaxaca ia amazing and the people are really friendly.
At the beginning of the week we changed hostels from the Casa De Don Pablo, which was a tiny hostel set around a courtyard whic ws good but as last week went on more and more 'Spring Breakers' turned up which was cool at the weekend but bad for studying!! Last weekend came and we decided to stay at language school for another week as we finallly felt like we were getting somewhere, so we booked the La Villada Inn, which is where I sit and write this now. This hostel is SO good. It is an eco-hostel and family run, the family are so nice. The rooms are all tiny adobe cottages set on the side of the mountains along with a pool and restaurant. The weather started getting humid so more creatures have emerged- cucharachas, arañas y aracrans. I saw a mini scorpian on one of the walls the other day! Don't worry though all the creatures of Mexico are relatively safe, not like Oz! Can't fault the hostel at all, it is so peaceful and such good views.
In the centre of Oaxaca there is the Santo Domingo church, a UNESCO World Heritage site- inside the church is gold and just awe inspiring. As it is Good Friday today we have been told by a few people that most Mexicans will be visiting 7 churches in the centre of town over the course of three hours then heading to the Zocalo to party the night away. This is a real celebration and partying happens all Good Friday evening.
Last Sunday we visited Monte Alban- the Zapotec ruins wich were amazing. They are the only peoples who built there civilisation on top of a mountain the the Sierra Norte mountain range. They certainly made life hard for themselves! Tomorrow we are going to Hierve del Agua and Tule, Tule is the widest tree in the world and Hierve del agua is pools of water along with a fossilised water fall!
We leave the hostel Sunday night and get a night bus down to Puerto Escondido for 3 days. Surfers paradise!
Travelling is awesome we have met so many cool people. And we still are only two weeks in.
I have sent some postcards along with a bit of something but I heard on story that the post took SIX months to get to America so I'm not holding out much hope but there is a little birthday pressie for gran :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Right people are starting to queue best go lots of love Fiona & Tom xXx