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January 26, 2010 Mexico City Mexico

Written by GingerBlossom Published in

Whooppee - this is going to be another one of those 15 hour bus journeys. At least the overnight leg is done, all I need to do is catch a bus to Taxco. The last 2 times that I took this bus they were showing the same dubbed Jim Carey movie at full volume on blown speakers, but the scenery is spectacular, so who cares? I did get a nice meal yesterday, under a tree in an outdoor garden, but then all of my meals have been great, from the most humble to sort of fancy. The little hole in the wall eatery by the hotel in Tonala is even called "The Humble" but serves up a mean bean taco. It seat 6 people at max, capacity.

The recession has affected some of the marginal businesses in Tonala, they are gone, but one of the new ones is a tortillaria that is thriving, even has lines at certain times of the day. All they sell is tortillas, hecho a mano, or made by hand. Pat pat WHAM - the WHAM is the wood tortilla press, then cooked on a hot comal . I would not want to arm wrestle with the tortilla press ladies, they have bulging biceps and a muscled forearm to boot.

Oaxaca definitely had a higher attrition rate on businesses, but they had lost all of the 2006 and 2007 tourist season because of the teachers' strike. I'd gone to Oaxaca in 2007, but because the roads into the city were barricaded, Manuel went overland to the airport, and took me directly out to Teotitlan del Valle. My shipper said that she hasn't been affected by the recession, but she's so darned good at what she does that if you're going to ship, she's the one to use.