Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monte Alban y Oaxaca

I am surprised that so many of us have never heard of Oaxaca City as it is incredibly beautiful.

If possible to travel, these are reasons to come here:

1. Walkable city including at night alone.

2. Cuisine that you would not believe. Check out mole. (2 syllabes, not a growth !!) IMAGE:


3. Smaller Rugs & casual textile shoulder bags from Teotitlan - hand made & beautiful with many bright colors.

4. Generally spring all year round.

5. Cost - for dinner of a large portion of red snapper broiled w/ vegetables, rice, & bread with a giant lemonade with nice tip = $ 11.00

A Pepsi from a local shop - like Royals Farms - 60 c ents.

A banana & a tangerine from a local store = 13 - 16 cents total.

6. History: sites of Conquistador presence, sites such as Monte Alban as part of Zapotec
Indigenous people, Mixteca indigenous - on and on.

7. Museums and places like The Zocolo.

8. Santo Domingo Catedral -

This picture does it little justice. When at Mass, one experiences feels incredible aesthetic beauty while in trhe church. Moments later feelings of repulsion rise up as to the brutal & atavistic theft of the riches indegenous people.

9. Outdoor, free, local music & dance

10. And SO much more to see & experience.


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Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.