I think that many people nowadays have their doubts about going to Mexico on a holiday as a result of Mexico being regularly in the news in a negative way. I honestly also had these feelings, but because I had a wedding in Mexico City to go to, I did not want to let the chance to see more of the country pass by. I met Brenda at a holiday fair in the Netherlands and her stories about Oaxaca and Chiapas really appealed to me (also the fact that she lives there). When I booked my holiday, I was very happy with how fast everything got arranged. I really liked the flexibility giving me different possibilities to change the holiday exactly how I liked it.
Even though I was a bit nervous going on a holiday by myself, all my preconceived opinions and doubts disappeared when I arrived in Oaxaca. The city itself is not only beautiful, it has a lovely atmosphere, beautiful churches, nice terraces, and a charming Zócalo, which is the city´s main square. Also, the way Brenda received me was very pleasant. To make me comfortable and at home, Brenda and her husband Miguel took me to different typical restaurants where I got introduced to the Oaxacan kitchen and Mezcal, the local drink of Oaxaca. I wanted a busy programme per day, so I have been able to see a lot of Oaxaca in a short time. The highlights were many. One of them was Monte Albán, an archeological site, hidden at the top of the mountains, which used to be the center of the Zapotec civilization.
Also Hierve el Agua and the monastery of San Jose Cuilápam de Guerrero were amazingly beautiful. Moreover, I really enjoyed seeing up close how typical Oaxacan handcrafts were made, like the lovely painted ´alebrijes´ and the handmade rugs and, of course, how Mezcal is made. I even went to visit a Mexican family and we made one of the seven different ´moles´, a special dish of the Oaxacan kitchen which we ate together afterwards. My expectations were exceeded and I recommend it to everybody who would like to experience a unique part of Mexico. I surely will go back, as I did not even have the chance to visit Chiapas.
Thanks Brenda & Miguel for an incredible holiday!!!