Day 26: Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca is a UNESCO cultural heritage site, primarily due to its culinary heritage, which is considered on par with Paris and Rome. It was a must-see destination and I planned to stay a week to eat everything I could.
I arrived at my hostel and I was surprised to find out that I was the only person there. Literally the only person.
It didn’t bother me the first day as I was tired from the bus and needed to research what food I was going to eat for the next few days.
Yesterday again no one arrived.
But I didn’t mind as I went to the photography and graphics arts museums, ate Mexican antojitos and then spent the evening in the common room, which had leather couches and a flat screen television with satellite.
But now it’s Day 3 and the only people I’ve really had any conversation with are the girls at reception. They are very kind but don’t know very much English and I’ve run out of Spanish phrases to use.
It’s low season here so things probably aren’t going to turn around. It’s so hot that I’m tempted to visit one of the Puerto Escondido beaches but do I want to do that alone?
While the city is beautiful and everything I’ve eaten in Oaxaca is amazing, I’m starting to feel a little isolated and there’s only so much VH1 I can watch.
Tomorrow I’m signing up for Spanish lessons. I’ve become increasingly frustrated that I can’t really communicate with locals and it’s time to take the next step.
It’s more expensive than in Guatemala but I need something to do for the next 5 days and I’m guaranteed to meet other travelers.
Wish me luck!