Wednesday is market day in San Agustin, Etla, a village in an agricultural valley about 15 miles north of Oaxaca. We arrived before ten and had a couple hours leisurely strolling the stalls. I sampled smoked fish, was offered rat poison (mataratas) multiple times, and many of us headed to the food section for a mid morning breakfast. I passed up the visceras stand for a barbacoa, slow cooked lamb in broth. It was delicious!
On our way out, I stopped and mentioned to this woman that her dolls were pretty scary. She laughed and said, "Yes, they are the nephews of Chucky!" What a great sense of humor!
From the market, we headed up into the mountains to the Centro de las Artes de San Agustín. C.A.S.A. was founded by the Mexican painter, Francisco Toledo in 2006 in a building that had been an abandoned textile factory. We watched a demonstration on the process of taking plants and making paper, then spent an hour in the calm beauty of the C.A.S.A. It was a great day.