Microloan Tour

Microloans is a concept that has been around for awhile. The idea is this. Give loans of up to $500 or so to small business people in third world countries. This small amount of money will make a big difference in the lives of these business people and help them grow their businesses. The tour here in Oaxaca I went on is through these folks: LINK  . We visited about five businesses and here are some of the business people, along with pictures of a church in one of these small towns. The church was quite impressive, and stands on the grounds of a Mayan (?) temple until the Spanish came in.....

Monte Alban

Ok, so they leveled out this top of a mountain, and starting in 500BC to about 800AD this place was active as sort of the leaders for a large territory of Mexico for quite some time and through different civilizations. No one actually lived there from what I can tell. And they moved these rocks up quite a ways to build everything. No water was available. So why put it there? This site has a theory and I sort of think in those terms anyway, and that it was a ley line point. Click here for article.  Who knows...., but ley lines do seem to be important throughout the globe. It was an awesome day being up there yesterday. And a great view of the valleys below.

Weddings…

Ok so this is cool. In the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán they have weddings of course, and before the wedding there is a small procession, and then after the wedding there is a ceremony of sorts in front of the church and then everyone proceeds  down a street, I guess to some sort of reception or dinner. So they have these two guys in costumes leading the charge, and then the wedding party, and then the guests. Of course, you also have all the obnoxious tourists like me watching and taking pictures.... :)               You can see the bride and groom here......  

Church

  Ok, I took this one today, and forgive my photographical (sp) shortcomings.... The inside is so amazing that I sat through most of a Mass yesterday and it was in Spanish. Ill get images of the gold plated altar area later. I would imagine you might have seen churches like this in Europe.... It was built late 16th century... But the complex if you will, includes the main cathedral, a smaller one, gardens, courtyards, and what was a massive convent. When it was built it must have dwarfed everything else.                 One more from top to bottom. They were setting up for an orchestra in this picture, it was taken a few days ago during the Day of the Dead.