cmi mag digital Issue 4 - Page 36

Travel Memoir: Malik Lyder El Arbol de Tule. As soon as I saw the massive tree I said, “This looks like the tree from Avatar.” Also, birds flew from branch to branch and made different calls to the surrounding birds, which was like listening to choir with a horrible director. Close by was a sign that read “El Tule,” which was similar to the Oaxaca sign close to Santo Domingo. Each letter was a different color, with a different pattern. Being the millennials that we are, we took a few pictures and posted on social media. Following our mini photoshoot, we walked to talk with some of the market people. I enjoy talking to different people and hear- ing their stories and how they genuinely love what they do. The majority of the people who work there are working in their family’s store. Family plays a large role in the lives of the Oaxa- can people, and it’s clearly a major part of their culture. It was soon time to leave and journey to our next destination. Next stop is the Mezcaleria. It was here when I realized that my phone read, “Sin Servi- cio.” As soon as I noticed I became frustrated, but I observed that none of the Oaxacan people are using their phones throughout the day as much as I do. I began to open my eyes and see the bigger picture in life that technology isn’t always needed. We learned about the process of making Mezcal and how it hasn’t changed in many years. Also, the longer the Mezcal rests, the smoother the taste. Because breakfast was a few hours ago, and because I tried every type of Mezcal that was placed in front of me, I left the Mezcaleria a little tipsy. Mitla. A place with ruins similar to Monte Alban, but not nearly as grand. The tour guides here are also excited about their jobs. I know that if I were repeating the same history speech all day I would be bored with my job, but these people put their heart into everything that they do. The construction of these buildings are amazing. They prepared for the constant earthquakes of Oaxaca and they built the rooms with families in mind. The way the light en- tered the room and how it reflected off of the back wall to bring light into the entire room is one of the smartest things I’ve ever seen. Family, always on the mind of the people here in Oaxaca. With my phone still saying, “Sin Servicio,” we take about an hour long ride through de- serted cities, then on a dirt road that was barely on the edge of the mountain until we arrived to the final destination. Hierve el Agua is a pet- rified waterfall with greenish water due to the minerals that the water contains. The view from on top of the mountain and to see other moun- tains was one thing, BUT to see other moun- tains while swimming on the edge felt like I made it in life. Not only did it feel unreal, but the views were so amazing that it was hard to take it all in. Although the views were amazing, we were almost 8,000 ft. above sea level, and I struggled to find the oxygen in the air. The hour that we were given sped by quickly and we were soon returning home. 36