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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Return of the Pittsburgh Pepperhead

June 25
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No, I didn't dry up and blow away. Here's why. I spent virtually the whole month of May in Mexico to enhance my Spanish language comprehension. And, to tell the truth, I very well COULD have dried up and blown away. May just happens to be the hottest month of the year in Oaxaca, the city where I stayed for a 4-week course at Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. Temperatures were well into the 90s during the day and never got below 70 at night, except for the few days when welcome rain momentarily cooled things off a bit. The humidity was low, though, so I slowly became accustomed to the sensation of walking behind a bus everywhere I went.

While there, I had the opportunity to visit several cultural and archeological sites to learn about Mexico's history and the fascinating arts and crafts known only to this particular part of the world. Below are a series of pictures that highlight my enjoyable educational endeavor:

Typical cuisine: Tlayuda Oaxaquena

Weekly marketplace...lots of food, crafts, people

Mural in the Museum of History and Culture

Monte Alban - Aztec/Zapotec city ruins

If you'd like to see more pictures of my Mexico visit, drop me a comment with your email address and I'll direct you to my Yahoo! Photos albums. I took around a thousand photos while I was there, of everything from the people, foods, arts and crafts, street scenes and more.

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As fantastic as my trip to Mexico was, nothing can compare to the magnificent work of art that my lovely lady Lucy created for me while I was gone. I'm talking about my chile pepper themed kitchen that she designed, created and decorated all by herself. It's a true masterpiece, as the following pictures attest:

The colors literally explode in pure pepper perfection!!

Peppers, peppers everywhere...HOT stuff!!!

The pepper border separates green and yellow.

Neon adds just the right amount of spice!

You're in for a HOT TIME in my new kitchen!!

Well, that's enough for one post. I'll be back soon with more crazy chile chat....

Remember to keep it funny, hot & spicy!

Pittsburgh Pepperhead