I don’t want to leave! Oaxaca and all the places we have been to keep surprising me with all the wonders, beauties, and surprises it holds. Capulalpan especially still has me in awe from the Temazcal, the hike and the view, to the people, the coffee, and the food. I realized what a magical place it is and has been even before it got its name as a “Pueblo Magico.” We hiked to the top of the mountain where the village extends full of houses, churches, parks, health centers, and more. The hike was pretty nice especially with a couple of new four-legged friends. They stayed with us until the end and made the trip even better. Sadly, there are many stray dogs in Oaxaca, more than I have seen in Puerto Rico or New Jersey, especially since it is also common to see a lot in Puerto Rico. It was shocking, and since I will definitely return to Oaxaca either for study or work, I want to dedicate time and efforts into improving this aspect.
Another surprise from Capulalpan was the water! In any other place, they would have told us to drink only bottled water, but Capulalpan has one of the best water systems in Oaxaca, and we could drink water from the tap. I wish this was the same in other places both in Mexico and in other parts of the world. Again, it shows the many benefits of the political system of Usos y Costumbres and the mindset the community holds. They have what many other places are missing, which is the decision-making process that takes into account the future and the future generations to come. Each person there wants the best for them as well as for their children and their children’s children, and so on. We have learned how powerful and educational storytelling can be, and I will definitely share their stories and the history of Capulalpan with those back home.