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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 19

    October 16th, 2017

    Monday, October 16, 2017
    Mexico City, Mexico

    The Zocalo in CD MX, which means Ciudad Mexico, which means Mexico City.
    The Zocalo in CD MX, which means Ciudad Mexico, which means Mexico City.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 18

    October 15th, 2017

    Sunday, October 15, 2017
    Oaxaca City to Mexico City, Mexico

    OCC and ADO buses at the Terminal Central Autobuses de Norte in Mexico City, Mexico.
    OCC and ADO buses at the Terminal Central Autobuses de Norte in Mexico City, Mexico.

    At 12:00 noon today, I checked out of the Casa Angel and caught a taxi cab over to the ADO bus terminal, where I was to board a rig bound for Mexico City. Around 1:30 pm, we piled ourselves and our luggage into the bus and hit the road. On the way out of town, we ascended a curvy mountain road that offered a splendid view of Oaxaca City. About two hours into the seven-hour trip, we passed through a series of green canyons walled by mountains crowned with sunlit sheer rock faces near the top. If this unspoiled place is not a national park, it sure should be. It looked so stunning, my eyes started to well up with tears.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 17

    October 14th, 2017

    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    A vintage bookbinding press at Casa de Juarez in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    A vintage bookbinding press at Casa de Juarez in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 16

    October 13th, 2017

    Friday, October 13, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    A mural in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    A mural in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 15

    October 12th, 2017

    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    A log penetrates two boxes at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    A log penetrates two boxes at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 14

    October 11th, 2017

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    One corner of the Zocalo in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    One corner of the Zocalo in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 13

    October 10th, 2017

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    The Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman lit up by sunset in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    The Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman lit up by sunset in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

    About a half hour after I woke up, the bus arrived in Oaxaca City. I was happy that this town sits at a higher elevation, which means it’s considerably cooler, so I’ll sweat less. Departing the ADO bus terminal on foot, I schlepped a half mile south past several examples of nice street art to Hostal Casa del Sol. Despite the fact there was no sign out front, I knocked on the door anyway. No answer. After I knocked again a couple of minutes later, a lady yelled something in Spanish without opening the door. I took that to mean it was closed for low season, if not permanently.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 12

    October 9th, 2017

    Monday, October 9, 2017
    Tuxtla Gutierrez to Oaxaca City, Mexico

    Sunset at the Catedral de San Marcos in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.
    Sunset at the Catedral de San Marcos in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.

    Upon arrival in Tuxtla Gutierrez yesterday, I had booked a bus ticket for tonight at 9:30 pm. The manager of the Hostel Tres Central was nice enough to let me hang out in the reception area all day long after I checked out, so I sat on the couch and Photoshopped my photos, typed up my travel journals and posted a couple of days’ worth of entries. I only ventured outside a couple of times to eat and shoot a few photos.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 11

    October 8th, 2017

    Sunday, October 8, 2017
    Palenque to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico

    A wedding at the Catedral de San Marcos in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.
    A wedding at the Catedral de San Marcos in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.

    At 8:30 am, I boarded a long haul bus from Palenque southwest to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Since I had only slept for five or six hours the night before, I napped on the bus for the first two or three hours. When I woke up, I discovered to my dismay that we were in Villahermosa, which is northwest of Palenque. That meant we were travelling in a huge loop instead of taking the shortest route. I wondered why, but then remembered that I had read warnings that the short route was dangerous at night due to bandits blocking off the road and robbing buses and mini-vans once every blue moon. So, I guess the bus companies don’t even want to take a chance during daylight hours now.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 10

    October 7th, 2017

    Saturday, October 7, 2017
    Palenque Ruins, Mexico

    A side view of the Templo de las Inscripciones at the Palenque Ruins, Mexico.
    A side view of the Templo de las Inscripciones at the Palenque Ruins, Mexico.

    Late in the morning, I walked a couple of blocks west of the Yaxkin Hostel and stood on the main drag to wait for a mini-van heading to the Palenque Ruins, four miles west. It didn’t take long for one to show up. Once inside, I asked the driver how much the fare was, and he said 20. His buddy riding shotgun chimed in with, “dollars” and they both chuckled. I’ll admit I was a little worried they might be serious, because, as it turned out, I was the only passenger in the van the whole way. Imagine my relief when the driver accepted my 20 pesos when I got out.

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