Oaxaca: purchases

More pics from Oaxaca. Part I was underwhelming but here it is. First let me say…no one can say I didn’t live like the locals. I just ate at a place so far from tourist land. Another thing is before I came here I said to myself, “I don’t care how much my feet bother me, I’m going to walk and walk”. This evening it was so bad, I was limping. I will carry pain meds with me from now on even though I’m not planning on walking a lot tomorrow. Tomorrow is my last day. 😦 I’m just going to revisit my favorite places.

Here are my purchases that I haven’t posted yet:

3 things
  1. A blouse. I brought it this morning and wore it for my dinner/evening stroll. I love it. $150 pesos
  2. a bookmark from a guy on the street $10 pesos
  3. wooden necklace from a clothing store. on sale $120 pesos

I probably won’t wear this much due to the way it is made. I shouldn’t have brought it. Purple is my weakness. $150 pesos

water bottles

I was so relieved to finally find something with the name OAXACA on it. One is for my sister. The other might be for my mom. She has a choice between 2 souvenirs. heh $90 pesos a piece from a boutique kind of shop.

  1. 3 postcards from the famous Amate Books. $5.00 pesos a piece
  2. necklace from a woman outside of the Santo Domingo Church. Yes, I went in! It was awesome. Details later.

  1. 2013 calender. I can’t wait to hang that somewhere. Can’t remember the price. Handmade by someone in a neighbor city (like most of these items actually).
  2. a magnet cross for my mom. $50 pesos. From Amate books
  3. pair of earrings from a boutique $30 pesos
  4. a handmade bookmark. $10 pesos

  1. A vase. might be my mom’s. her choice. πŸ™‚ from the Benito Juarez Market. What an experience! Mostly locals shop there. Can’t remember the price.
  2. a oaxaca keychain. $10 pesos from the Benito Juarez Market.
  3. shot glass. can’t remember price
  4. a bookmark. will probably place in my travel journal.
  5. at the very bottom are $1 peso coins

Saving the best for last…….

My favorite item! We have barely parted since I brought him yesterday morning. $200 pesos. nicely made.

I got some of everything I’d planned to buy which is a shock to me. My bank account is sad though. :/ Oh well, I’m in for the night after being out walking all day. I may try to catch the presidential debate tonight. Will it be in Ingles? I doubt it.

Dreaming the same dream

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This past weekend I went to Potomac Mills for the first time and it was actually a pleasant little trip! I’ve passed PM several times on my way to DC and I’ve always wanted to go…..However, I didn’t like the mall. Anyone who lives in a good sized city has better stores at better prices. I would only recommend PM to people who live overseas and people who live in very, very small towns. Otherwise you will not be impressed.Β  I saw a tour bus full of tourists on my way out the mall. All I could think was, “I hope they didn’t come here just for this”. I did get a little lip gloss done for free with NO PRESSURE to buy. πŸ™‚ I never wear makeup so that was nice.

The traffic wasn’t bad at all for the DMV area. (DC, MD & VA). I went there to get pesos. I just wanted that one worry off my mind. Thank Buddha for the internet. I knew there had to be a place somewhere I could get pesos. I had to drive 90 minutes to get there….I got a decent deal. Most of my pesos are going to the hostel. I probably have enough left for the taxi and to eat everyday. But if I want to buy stuff, I might run out. So I am planning on going to an ATM in Oaxaca if necessary. Yeah, I should have gotten more from the mall. Too late now. :/

I’m saving the best for last: I went to Ikea! I have dreamed of going to Ikea for a decade. Back in the day, I used to drool over their thin catalog. I wanted to have an Ikea home. That was my life vision. Well that never happened. :/ Sigh. Ikea is not a part of Potomac Mills. It is across the busy street. I wanted to take a pic of the blue and yellow sign but I didn’t want to be a total freak PLUS it was cold and I didn’t have a jacket on. lol. It was everything I thought it would be and more. πŸ™‚ I love their mini living spaces. So awesome.

IKEA FREAKOUT ALERT!!!!! They have the best dressers. I can only dream of having one of their dressers. People crap on their stuff all the time but I have never owned a dresser of that quality. WHY can’t I build stuff? You have to put everything together yourself. That is why I will never have my Ikea dream unless I can find someone to hire to put it together. But who would buy without having someone in mind? Me, probably. I am so desperate. After seeing their stuff in person. OMG. I will find me an Ikea person. Where art thou? Honestly if I was living in my house, I probably would have at least brought some “art”. I was so tempted. I’m very glad I do not live near an Ikea. I would have a room full of lamps. πŸ˜‰

on edit: I do know how to follow directions and put things together but they are never sturdy.

The only thing that wasn’t awesome was getting to the checkout. I walked further in there than I did in all of Potomac Mills. I felt like I was walking in circles…maybe I was or that store is huge.They need more than one check out spot. All I brought was towels and a travel journal for Mexico. I had to have an Ikea souvenir.


Another good thing happened! I won a free spot in the one and only Becky Higgins Project Life class! Who is a Project Life freak? ME. haha. The class costs $99 so I was so excited to get a free spot!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!111!! It lasts for twelve weeks. I might share some of my stuff on this blog but I don’t get my pics printed out that often so I don’t know if I’ll be able to follow along in that way. The name of the class is Project Real Life. I believe registration is still open for a few days.

Total yayness. πŸ˜‰ Becky Higgins is my teacher. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ LOL