La celebración!

It’s a very big weekend here in beautiful Oaxaca, and all over Mexico for that matter. Today is the biggest election in Mexican history and people are buzzing in our little hamlet of San Felipe del Agua.

The music spilling from tiendas competes with the church bells, and kids storm the school playground while their parents wait in line to cast their votes. It’s very cool to see it all happen from a different perspective. We are excited for the people of Mexico and hoping for a peaceful outcome.

There is yet another reason for the palpable sense of crackling ozone around here. Mexico’s futbol team has made it to the round of 16, and tomorrow morning, they face number one Brazil in an elimination match.

Frankly, I’m not sure what they’re more nervous about. For us, it’s incredible to see from another perspective and I’m pulling for a big celebration tomorrow! And they sure know how to celebrate around here!

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a Tlayuda before but if you haven’t, you’re seriously missing out. The tlayuda is native to Oaxaca and basically, it’s a gently roasted tortilla filled with refried beans, quesillo (Oaxacan cheese), and other ingredients such as chicken or beef.

Oaxaca is also famous for their mole (which is sometimes found in the tlayuda), pazole rojo, and their chapulines (roasted grasshoppers). And let me tell you, the fame is well deserved. The chapulines are an acquired taste and I’m not sure I’m there yet. I’ve tried ’em, but I need another run at it.

Tlalyuda served with peppers, radish, and chapulines.

As if this wasn’t enough, the humble crew of Vacilando is celebrating yet another event. Today marks the official launch of our online course, Downsizing For A Life Afloat. For years we’ve been asked how we went about downsizing to move onto our boat.

So, with the tiny movement growing by leaps and bounds, and more people than ever investigating living a smaller, more adventurous life, I thought I’d try to fill a void that I saw. While there are many resources about downsizing in general, nobody was offering a course tailored towards people who wanted to move onto a boat.

If you or someone you know is dreaming of living on a boat, in an RV or tiny house, or simply wanting to getting rid of some serious clutter, this might be just the course to help get you started!

So, that’s what’s been happening and what is happening on our little hill.

We’re being fueled by locally grown coffee and taking full advantage of the beautiful weather. Tomorrow morning, you’ll find me at cafe’ Lola in front of the massive 10 foot wide television with mi amigos screaming my head off. And who knows… I might even drink a beer. Down here they add tomato juice and it becomes health food!

Michelada… the breakfast of champions you know!

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