Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
of Oaxaca, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Oaxaca, Mexico, guidebooks will tell you that your first stop should be the Mayan ruins
of Monte Alban, or to go to a mezcal distillery.
Mezcal is the pride of Oaxaca,
like Tequila is the love and major product of the state of Jalisco.
Another active tourist
attraction in Oaxaca is the walking street. Shops,
cafes, museums, churches and more are all lined up on this street. Since there
are no cars, one can wander from side to side, walking in the wide street at
your own pace.
Andador de Macedonia Alcala
To get there, you can follow the foot traffic
north of the Zocalo until you arrive at a pedestrian-only, new world
styled cobblestone street. (Much easier to meander on than the ankle turning
original cobblstones!) The street is actually named Alcala, but people
interchangeably use this name as well as the word, "andador" which
literally means "walker."
Wide street dotted with casual walkers
It takes more than one time up and down the
street in order to absorb all that is here. MACO is located on this street - one of
Oaxaca's best museums, and MUPO, which is the Museum of Oaxacan Painters, is
just one block off the andador.
Buildings showcasing Oaxaca's beautiful
There are cultural places, parks, bars,
mezcalerias, and boutique hotels. This street runs through the heart of
Oaxaca City, through the Historico Centro.
Oaxaca has many churches
Walking around the Historico Centro on
either side of the long andador you will see other historical buildings
The stonework in this city is gorgeous. Many
buildings were a mixture of pinks and greens, natural colors from the earth.
This stately building is The Theater.
Stylish and clean
All throughout the City's Center, Oaxaca
displays a proud style. Streets are clean, and people are respectful.
Here we are back at the andador
itself, with the streets a bit more active with the weekend crowds. It's more
festive at the end of the week, with street musicians playing for tips, clowns
walking around causing mischief, and more vendors selling items like cotton
candy and balloons.
El Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca
Perpendicular to Alcala is the
botanical garden, which lies on the property next to the Church of Santo
Domingo. The state government administers this garden which contains numerous
species of cactus and native plants.
A popular corner
To the left here outside the photo is the
Church of Santo Domingo with its broad plaza stretched out front. To the right
and outside the photo is a favorite coffee shop, Brujula, where natives
and expats alike go to have coffee, pastry, lunch, gourmet beverages and to
enjoy the free WiFi.
Straight down the Alcala, with a few
twists and turns at the end, is the Zocalo, the main plaza of Oaxaca City.
Women in native Oaxacena costume
Brightly colored embroidery decorates these
dresses and blouses that native Oaxacenas wear when celebrating a holiday or a
festivity of significance. We spent several weeks in the city, and were able to
enjoy wedding parties at the Cathedral, some parades, the Guelaguetza festival,
and other colorful displays of folklore and dancing.
Artistic display of
birds attached to wires that cross the street
Further down the Alacala,
there were silvery wires that went from one side of the andador to the
other, with paper birds hanging in a pattern from the wire. Depending on the
weather, some days you could not see the wire at all, and the suspended birds
created a very whimsical scene.
Signs for the tourists
These signs listing the
main attractions of the area were placed throughout the Centro. It was
easy to find where you might want to go in relationship to where you were
Here the sign lets you know
where the Santo Domingo Cathedral is, where the Government Palace is, and which
direction the Museum of Contemporary Art is.
Santo Domingo Church
Santo Domingo is
a large attraction for tourists, and locals dream of having their weddings,
anniversaries and their Quinceneras there.
A beautiful display of
Baroque architecture, there is great detailed artwork on the ceiling. The church
has been fully restored to it's original condition (the complex of church and
monastery took over 200 years to complete) and the highly decorated interior
includes the use of more than 60,000 sheets of 23.5 karat gold leaf.
Another shot of the
The andador lies
perpendicular to the entrance of this church, with the Zocalo at the end of the
walking street to the right about half a kilometer.
This plaza acts as a center
for local fiestas and entertainments and is very active on weekends.
If you ever visit Oaxaca,
spend some time on the Alcala. Have a cappuccino, get some lunch, stop by
a Mezcaleria later in the day, enjoy the musicians of the weekend and generally
people-watch. It's quite enjoyable, and a casual way to spend the day.
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