Why we REGRET not visiting OAXACA, MEXICO sooner

Welcome back Tangerineys. It is October 31st – the day when Dia de Muertos really get started. We’ve been out at this time on previous days and there was nobody around! Ghost Town! Total ghost town! But as you can see behind us, there is what I believe is the start of a comparsa which is a little procession; kind of like a parade – where people get together, they’re wearing costumes; different outfits usually, sometimes they match. There’s banda music to go along with it. It’s very lively and fun. I really want to see like what all is going to be happening here, but we’re super hungry. So that’s gonna have to wait. Let’s go get some food! Hello! Hello! Hello! Help me. Damn! So up until this point, we really haven’t been eaten anywhere outside of the center of the city. So, Jordan found this what we think is going to be an awesome spot to grab a bite to eat. Yeah, we’re walking over. It’s an 18-minute walk from Centro to Barrio Xochimilco – that’s the name of the neighborhood and the restaurant is Chepiche Cafe. That was so good! We are set for some exploring. All right… (120 Pesos – $6.24 USD) (90 Pesos – $4.68 USD) (Maddie mimicking a cat meow) Oh and we also got into some shenanigans last night where it did not rain on our parade this time. You want a lively celebration? Oaxaca is the place to be! It is the 30th of October now… We just went in and saw Altares de Las Ocho Regiones or the altars of the heat regions of Oaxaca… And so there are eight different altars. I think that’s the same thing as ofrenda, but I’m not totally sure. What did you think? They were all gigantic… and colorful… elaborate? Yeah. I was having a hard time knowing what to look at like you walked up to one and well there was so much to look at in each one. And some of them were super organized and more linear and others were just sort of like all over the place with different offerings for the loved ones. One thing I will say is that we have a lot to learn about Altares – about altars. I don’t know nearly enough to even know what most of the stuff signifies, including like the bread and the flowers and all that type of thing. And then it gets even more complex that there are eight different regions of Oaxaca and they all look so different. You said you had a lot to learn about altars. I have a lot to learn about everything here. Yes. Everything to do with Dia de Muertos. I’m excited because tomorrow we’re taking some cemetery tours and learning all there is to learn about this whole thing, like all the celebrations and the traditions – why things are the way they are and where they develop. So, I’m pretty stoked about that because up into this point I’ve just been enjoying it. I’ve just been like along for the ride. Yeah, exactly, me too. (Back to present day) So we wanted to visit the cemetery here in Xochimilco since it’s very close to the restaurant and this Barrio Xochimilco is pretty cool. What do you think? It’s so colorful. There’s like art all over the place and on that street over there the buildings were like totally decorated – like the full walls of the building were decorated. There are squawking dog… some squawking birds… squawking A squawking dog… I like this one. This is cool. Are the skeletons killing the devil? Not sure what’s going on here. So we’re in this Panteon now and to be honest, I always feel a little bit like weird going into these because obviously we don’t have anyone buried here and we don’t want to be disrespectful but you can see that people are behind me setting up with flowers and different decorations and I want to say that it’s not… It’s an okay thing to check this out because they’re selling tours to cemeteries all over the place here in Oaxaca. Like people are asking us to take tours all the time. Hopefully, it is. Well, I’m really antsy to get back closer to Centro because that’s basically where most of the comparsas are happening and who knows what else? Honestly, we’re still just along for the ride. This has got to be my favorite wall, I’ve seen it all of Oaxaca… It’s filled with “Maddie-golds” (Maddie making a joke about marigolds) and if you look closely, there are actually two skulls. Oh, Cool! And it spells something down here… Dia de Muertos. Awesome. We’re walking back, we happened upon this market filled with all flowers. It smells so good here. It smells so good. I swear to goodness, how can you be unhappy when it just looks like this everywhere? And then you’ve got these beautiful murals all over the wall. This is right outside of Mercado Sanchez Pascuas. I have such trouble pronouncing things or at least this week maybe. As many of you guys know by now, we’re living in Puerto Morelos – Quintana Roo. Something I really miss is that there’s no mercados like this where you can buy a bunch of fresh local things. We typically just go to a grocery store like Chedraui and yes, there are probably some in Playa Del Carmen in Cancun, but it’s nice to have them in your neighborhood and I just love going in them. It’s like such a blast of Mexican culture. We only have a little mercaditos with verduras – vegetables and fruits and stuff, but nothing like this. Yeah. Where it’s a legit market. Hi! I’m a bird! 200 Pesos ($10.45 USD) Thank you so much! Thank you. See you later! So if you weren’t getting enough attention already, now everyone wants to take pictures of you. I thought this was going to be my disguise. [Laughter] No! It is but now even more want to take pictures! I stick out like a sore thumb! [Laughter] Especially with this and the matching blouse. I’m so happy. I am so happy! I just told Jordan… vamanos, muy rapido. You are going to get us killed crossing these streets. I know, I know… I just told Jordan I can die now because this just checked off my Dia de Muertos bucket list. And I told her she’s not allowed. I’m so happy, this looks amazing. They made it match this shirt – This shirt that I got from Chiapas. It’s so bright and vibrant and colorful. I don’t even know what to say… I’m just so happy. [Laughter] One of the things there are no shortage of in Oaxaca City to my delight is eloteros or in this case an elotera; meaning a woman who sells elote and esquites. So I got a cup of esquites and it’s… oh my gosh. This is just heaven for me. So, what is it for those who haven’t been around? Well, this is 20 pesos ($1.04 USD) for Corn on the cob, but it’s off the cob with some spicy stuff, and some cream, and some cheese, and some magic, and it’s delicious! Now I just have to figure out how to eat it with all this face painting, without ruining it. I didn’t even think about that. Guys if you’re liking this video so far, please consider subscribing to our channel because we put out tons of videos about Mexico and also our travels all across the world and we hope you’ll join us in another video. Coming up behind me is another comparsa. These happens so randomly all up and down the streets. Like I don’t think any of them are planned and you never know where they’re going to be, and can you hear me now?!? Well I don’t know if we found the semillas de calabaza lady. It wasn’t the same one but these do look like they have some spices on them. So, we took a risk and got 5 bags (50 Pesos for 5 – $2.61 USD) Yeah, we practically cleaned her out. [Laughter] Here’s the moment of truth. I’m going to be sorely disappointed if they’re not the same. Oh, they’re good, yes. Hooray! No more embarrassing yelling in the street for me. Semillas de calabaza. Stop! [Laughter] So, I guess it’s a street food kind of day. I got three churros for 15 pesos ($0.78 USD) They’re perfect. Sugary on the outside, then a crunchy layer, and then a soft chewy layer. Mmm! Jealous! We are back at Zandunga (Sabor Istmeno) because I cannot get enough of this dish. I am in love with it. Sorry, Maddie. [Laughter] Sorry because it’s mole and I can’t eat it. No, sorry, because I’m in love with the dish and not you. Oh, Wow!! I’m just kidding. I think if I were a true Mexican I would take the tortilla and dip it in a Mole like this, but I like tacos, so I’m going to make a Taco out of it. I think that’s the way with true Mexican also. Maybe but I generally see Mexicans use a dipping tortilla into a sauce when they have it. And we have to refuel for tonight because of the cemetery tours and everything. We are going to be up way past our bedtime till 1:00 in the morning. So, besides my, esquites that I got, I have some espresso here because that’s the only thing that’s going to keep me up. Our Airbnb host was telling us that each year the Dia de Muertos celebration here in Oaxaca has become less and less traditional as you see some more elements of Halloween kind of sneak into it each year. Speaking of that, there have been a lot of kids that have been coming up to us with like trick-or-treat, little buckets, like pumpkins or bags or whatever. I honest to goodness don’t know if I’m supposed to give them money or candy or what they’re asking for, yeah. I haven’t made out any words that they’ve said to us. No, no, they just walk up and it’s like, I’m so sorry like you’re adorable, but I don’t know what you want [Laughter] So, I’m not sure if this is also a comparsa but in this one, instead of just moving forward they’re all going in a circle and dancing. Well if this is not the most fun, I don’t know what is! We’re going to see if we can make our way through the crowd. This whip crack was SO much louder in person. Oh my gosh! Holy Schnikeys!! Is this guy not worried that he is going to kill somebody? What the hell! [Laughter] Follow me! Gracias Amigo. Gracias. I present to my love a rose. Awe! Gracias, mi amor. So people walk up to a table like this all the time trying to sell jewelry and all this kind of stuff. Usually, we turn them down but when we can we’d like to help out a little and in this case, we gave 20 Pesos ($1.04 USD) instead of the 15 Pesos ($0.78) he was asking. I personally always prefer to buy from the people who are selling something rather than the ones who are just asking for money, but that’s just my personal preference. But I think this is pretty cool. It takes some handiwork to make these. So we had the question for you earlier about what these kids were asking for, who had their little pumpkin buckets and we just saw a couple kids counting their loot and it was both coins and candy. So, either one works. You know, I’ll be honest when I used to trick-or-treat as a kid. Like some houses they didn’t have candy. They would give you money. I was so dang excited to have money and like, you know it’d be a quarter or something but I’d be like “I’m rich! A quarter, oh my gosh!” So, I’m sure that’s going to be how they are feeling right now. Wow! So, I know you guys are going to be asking “Where is Laska? Where is Laska?” (Laska sounds) We did not drive here, therefore, Laska’s not with us. She is back home in Puerto Morelos with our good friends. Thank You. Dieg-Roh (Maddie saying it how Laska would) Diego, for watching Laska! Last year in Aguascalientes though, we saw this Husky dressed like Dracula and so far we’ve seen dogs dressed up like what. I just saw a pug dressed like a pumpkin. A pug-kin. Pugkin. [Laughter] Oh how cute would Laska be dressed up, you guys? Oh, I miss her! So while sipping some mezcal this tour started off with them showing us a little bit about Day of the Dead and the history about it. It was interesting to learn that there’s different levels to the altars. There’s one that has 2 and 3 and 7. So I didn’t know that before. Probably going to butcher this, but I think the first one we’re going to is called Xoxocotlan. We are on our way. So, there is so much traffic that our tour guide said” “Okay, well, we can either wait in traffic forever or we can walk 10 blocks to get there.” I can already tell how commercialize this is, so, I’m guessing it’s going to be really busy. But we are on our way to the older cemetery right now (there are two in the city). So far, this tour isn’t what I was expecting. It turns out that after having mezcal and eating and them telling us a little bit about Dia de Muertos and the history, and then they provided transportation, and they’re like “okay we’re going to meet back here in 90 minutes.” We haven’t found a cemetery, but we did find a concert. There was even a live band! [Singing in Spanish] Goodbye love. Goodbye love. Goodbye love! Goodbye love! [Applause and cheers] So, we finally found the old one – the old cemetery and I’m pretty sure this is the less busy of the two. So here’s my question, earlier we were in a cemetery and I was thinking I don’t want to be disrespectful by being in here because we don’t have anyone buried here. Now there’s dozens or hundreds of people in this cemetery and there’s families who are actually trying to mourn the loss of their loved ones or to celebrate their lives and there’s people just like crouching in front of them and blocking their way to try to get pictures and videos. Is this disrespectful or is this kind of supposed to be a memory of them and it’s cool that there’re a lot of people gathering that memory. So, we left the older cemetery pretty quickly. Personally, I was pretty disgusted with what I saw in there because people were trying to be with their loved ones in there and then there were swarms of people, like cutting them off – getting in front of them to take a picture of what they have put over the grave. I think it’s a new dynamic, honestly. I found a friend. Meow. [Laughter] [Live concert] (Panteon Mictlancihuatl) And now, this is us trying to get in the other cemetery. There’re so many people here. It’s absurd. So, we actually picked the old one to go to first because we thought it would have less people and although it was like that in the entrance here. It feels like a total party in here. People are celebrating the lives of their loved ones. I feel like this is kind of what Dia de Muertos is about. Off to Atzompa, Oaxaca. This is our third Panteon – 3rd Cemetary of the night, we both almost fell asleep on the way over here (1.37 am) We were supposed to be back home a half-hour ago but the traffic was so bad. But this third one, this is what I have always imagined Dia de Muertos being about. This is about the liveliest Cemetery I’ve ever seen! [Live Music] There was a full-on concert going on. [Live Music] Everyone was in a much more lively upbeat manner and I’m sure you are not trying to say that the first one we went to was doing it wrong. No, no, no. No. No, not at all. Not at all. But I mean as far as what I pictured and I felt like we were being disrespectful at the first one. Here, I feel like we are being part of the celebrations or a part of the memory-making or like commemorating of the loved ones and whatnot. I’ve never seen a cemetery so lively though. No, never! Everyone’s walking around with beers, vendors all over the place. I saw multiple people pouring it out, you know… like pour the beer out or whatever on the gravestone of their loved one and so I think that’s what it’s really all about is remembering the people that you loved and welcoming them back and remembering the lives that they had and I think that’s really special. [Live Music] You’ll have to excuse her. Maddie’s a bit of a zombie this morning because we were up way past our bedtime. Breakfast. Need breakfast. So this morning I am getting a pan de elote, a tamal de elote and chilaquiles de elote. I’m on a bit of an elote kick. But I almost forgot, Restaurante Catedral brings out memelitas de elote tambien. So, a memela or a memelita is kind of like a sope. So, it has a corn masa base with a little bit of sauce in this case and some cheese on top of it. They’re really tasty here! These are my favorite chilaquiles I’ve ever had. They’re also some of the most expensive at 160 pesos ($8.37 USD), but they’re so good. 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[MC is warming up the audience with a “Simon Says” type of game] What am I saying? [Laughter] A masa masa masa. A masa masa masa. Oh ah, oh oh ah, oh oh ah, oh ah. Oh ah, oh oh ah, oh oh ah, oh ah. Perfect! A most cordial welcome to Coco, the musical. [Cheering] They’re throwing out balls and everyone is yelling for them. The poor kids by us aren’t getting any. (Kids yelling for balls) Over here! Right here! Here! [Live music] I thought that was fun. It was more or less like the movie with their own unique takes here and there. I was a little bit surprised that they did some clips of the movie and then added the play / musical to it. It was more like a play, it seemed like to me. Oh, poor baby! Are you okay? I told you never to visit this plaza. Now, let’s go home. Uhh…But grandma, I was just practicing. We quickly found out who funded it because they spent a half-hour before the show praising themselves. And now we’re back here at the city center of Oaxaca City trying to find out where the comparsas are. They’re supposedly three huge ones tonight. So that’s why we left the musical early to come back here. [Live music] There are a couple people out here tonight. [Laughter] A couple. Can anyone tell me what the heck a Cangreburguer El Bob is? And why do they always use Bob? I feel like they’re always named something Bob. That’s not even a Mexican name. [Laughter] Oh, shoot! Oh my gosh! Do you want to close the window? No, no I don’t. [Fireworks whistling] Oh my gosh! Oh, this is like right at eye level, be careful. Ahh!! Oh my gosh! So I was kind of sad because I thought we had totally missed the biggest comparsa of Dia de Muertos celebrations and Because it took us a while to get back from the Coco musical but as it turns out one of them just went down our street, so we’ve literally got a front-row view of it from like a high vantage point. So cool! I’m ecstatic right now! [Live music from the parade band] How crazy is this? It’s right outside our window. [Laughter] [Live music from the parade band] [Chanting from the parade] It’s strange, most places – well pretty much anywhere I’ve ever been, when it rains, it gets cooler. Well, when we first got here, it was raining every evening, but then it’s stopped raining the last couple of days. Thank goodness! Yeah, thank goodness but now it’s way colder, which is super weird! It’s freezing. To me, this is freezing and it’s probably like 58 – 60 degrees. What’s the current temperature? 60. Hey, I was right! 60 degrees but we’re bundled up because we’re weenies. Yeah, well, we live in the tropics, so… Oh gosh, we’re going to die. Jordan! How many times are you going to just pull me into traffic? It’s okay. As long as it takes till you kill me? You completed your bucket list of getting your face painted. But it’s not painted anymore. It needs to be painted. If I’m going to die, I want to die beautiful. You are beautiful. Awe! Being part of Dia de Muertos here in Oaxaca, I’m so torn. On the one hand. I want to be part of all of it. I want to see it all, I want to smell it all, I want to experience it all. But then, on the other hand, I’m super exhausted after all of these days of fiestas and then, of course, being around so many people is like Woah, Nellie!! A child-brije (Play on words with Alebrije) How cute is this! He has little wings. [Laughter] So we ran into a couple earlier who had seen our videos and on them, they had a pile of Pumpkin seeds – toasted pumpkin seeds just like we told you about. Guys, I swear if you buy all the pumpkin seeds on the market and we can’t get any more then we’re just not going to tell you this stuff anymore. We’ll just stop making videos. I’m just kidding. I’m totally joking guys. Buy them up! Support local vendors! Eat all the semillas de calabaza. Scream in the streets. Do what you want to do. We just found this potato street stand market guy. (Maddie making fun of Jordan) Street stand market guy Exactly. Exactly. And they serve potatoes in a bunch of different ways. They slice it, they spiral it The chop it up They chop it up! (Maddie) Chop it off! Like fries but I got this big old thing potato chip looking things. Bucket of taters. I’ve already ate quite a few. 29 pesos. These are like the freshest chips we’ve ever bought. For sure! Wanna feed me? Them some fresh potato chips! [Parade band playing music] [Laughter] This kid is adorable! Okay, so I think I got. All these guys dance the same, tell me if this is it [Parade band playing music] Nailed it! Guys how cute is this? They dressed the dog up to make it look like their parents. Tangerineys, it is November 2nd, the official last day of Día de Muertos. So we’re wrapping things up here We decided before this all finishes up, we wanted to head to Panteon General, which is probably the number one that was recommended to us to visit Yeah, and that translates to the general cemetery, the main cemetery. It’s in a neighborhood that’s very close to the center of Oaxaca. It took us about Like 15 minutes to get here, so pretty close. And there’s a lot more going on here that I was expecting. Oh, yeah It’s actually really lively right over here to our right! So it’s about 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon and I Was not expecting there to be this many people here. But this is about as lively As it gets. And what I love is it’s just about all locals. Bringing their food out and Flowers, having just a great time. What a cool atmosphere! And if you want some cheap food, you can come here. Everything a diez, a diez! [Laughter] 10 pesos for everything! Not really, but pretty much. In a previous video we were trying to get to the bottom of whether the celebration is called Dia de Muertos or Dia de los Muertos because there seems to be a lot of Conflicting information on that. But based on the comments in one of our previous videos – in most places in Mexico It seems like it’s Día de Muertos But we did confirm that there are some places in Mexico where they add the “Los” This is like a full blown carnival outside of the cemetery, I’ve never seen anything like this in Mexico before this. For those of you who live in Oaxaca or know the answer to this, is this stuff right outside of Panteon General Something that goes on every day ,or every weekend, or is it just Specific to the holiday? I’m curious to know that. Yeah. From where I’m standing, it looks pretty permanent to me but At the same time I can’t imagine this kind of partying goes on all the time. Yeah, but I remember When we were living near Chapala, that was something I thought was just for that one special holiday weekend But it turns out it’s there every single day So I’m curious about here, too [Man playing the trumpet] So this one is huge! I thought at first like how great it is that they had what I saw was like four entrances or so, But I can… I can totally see why now, because it is gigantic. I don’t even know where we are inside of here anymore. [Cinematic folk music] Some of these tombs are bigger than apartments that I’ve lived in. This is crazy! Of the cemeteries we visited here in Oaxaca. This is definitely the most organized and also the most elaborate. Most of these are gigantic So I’m I’m seriously wondering if this is where the wealthy people get buried. I Assume it’s a lot more expensive here If there’s even plots of land still available. The other ones – a lot of them were like some people who were buried with just a mound of dirt over top and Here, there’s like you said, they’re just huge! There’s giant rooms for some of them. So it’s… Wow! You know what this reminds me of. That song we were hearing repeatedly last night. How does it go again? Tumbas por aquí. Tumbas por allá. Tumbas, tumbas, tumbas! Ja ja ja ja ja. It’s going to be stuck in my head for the rest of my life. Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya. Do you want to share what just happened? Uh, do you? Well, we were walking through the cemetery and then this very nice and festive family insisted We take a shot of mezcal and it was delicious by the way where can I get some? But this, once again, is what I would picture for the Festivities of Día de Muertos. The first one, in addition to it having very somber music just felt like a little bit like a Man I still don’t have words for that first one, but this on the other hand Way cool! I love that families Come together families and friends come together to celebrate the lives of loved ones instead of Making it a sad thing, making it something to celebrate because Life is something to celebrate! [Cinematic folk music] So unlike when we were doing the tour, I feel like I can be in this one without being Intrusive or disrespectful. I’m much more comfortable being here than those others. How about you? I also enjoy seeing all this in the daytime like all the flowers and the vibrant colors and the way everyone is celebrating A calavera taking a selfie. Oh, that’s not a calavera. Catrina. Catrina! Catrinita taking a selfie. Hello, good afternoon! I would like leche quemada, please. (A type of ice cream) What is leche quemada? (Trying to ask) Is it well-cooked milk or? It’s just milk. It’s typical of here in Oaxaca Here is the only place with leche quemada. In other places, it doesn’t exist. Okay, great. Mmm! Thank you. Thank you. Have a good day! I don’t know how to describe it. Can I get a bigger spoonful? I have too much makeup for that little. [Laughter] I, for the first time ever, me neither. [Laughter] I don’t know how to describe this! It actually tastes like a slight slight taste of burnt ice cream. And I literally have no words. I don’t know what it tastes like it’s Cold like ice cream. Sweet like ice cream. I said it tastes burnt but I feel like that’s the wrong word. More like charred, a charred taste. With ice cream. Yeah, yeah, yeah! I can kind of taste that too. Look at you, Jordan! Describing it in a way I couldn’t. [Laughter] Go you! You’re doing it again with the tejate? I got this again. Would have said when I first tried it, I don’t recommend it. It’s weird, but it’s like really good. Okay. It’s almost like a Somewhat of like a hardened whipped cream on top. Maybe you could describe it like that. But it dissolves instantly in your mouth. It melts in your mouth and then it’s got kind of a chocolatey taste to it. So yeah, I’m a big fan! You should definitely try this and don’t be weirded out at first or maybe just like give it a second shot I was told one time by someone in Sprouts or Whole Foods When I was trying coconut milk, you might not like it the first time, you might not like it the second time, but if you don’t like it by the third time You’re never gonna like it. And by the third time that I tried coconut milk, I liked it. So thanks to That guy I’ll give anything at least three tries. This time, happened on the second time. Well, first and a half. So far, you’ve only given chapulines (crickets) one try though. Yeah… Okay, you got me there. [Parade band playing music] So Jordan is understandably comparsa’d out. Or maybe Dia de Muertos’d out. But I’m maybe a glutton for punishment or maybe Oaxaca just brings out the explorer in me. I’m out here enjoying the festivities and of course searching for some esquites. [Laughter] I convinced Jordan to come back out with me and we’re now At the expo of chocolate, and bread, and mole. Oh, I haven’t seen the mole around here and obviously… They had some when we got this hot chocolate, they had some at their booth. Oh shoot, I hope that’s not what I got. You didn’t. [Laughter] Well, of course, this is an expo with chocolate, so that’s what I had to get, chocolate caliente. Which is a specialty here in Oaxaca and it’s basically hot chocolate, but I think way better and richer and Probably because it’s like local artisanal chocolate from cacao beans grown in Oaxaca. I don’t know entirely how this is made But it actually tastes kind of spicy not in like a hot spicy kind of way but as in that there’s other spices so that’s either the complexity of the chocolate or perhaps there are So we’re gonna have to do some more digging into that or maybe you can let us know in the comments if you know But my favorite part of this is they’re all giving out samples. Samples! So we get to try it all! [Jordan found “Arroz con Leche” – A traditional Mexican dessert.] Thank you! I love this stuff! It’s like Rice with some milky creamy stuff and a little bit of cinnamon flavor. Mmm! All that for 15 pesos. The sign said 20, I don’t know why it was 15. Mmm! It is good, it’s like cinnamon-y and Mmm! Tastes like Christmas to me. Okay, so behind me here is something that I’ve never before seen in Mexico But this is something that my Mexican family has made before, and they’re called buñuelos Which, at least the way that my family made them It’s like a big flour tortilla that’s fried up. And then you put this delicious syrup. What I now think was piloncillo syrup. Break them into pieces And then you just yeah, you like break it up, put the syrup on there and eat it. Oh my gosh. It’s so good! I can’t believe this is the first time in Mexico I’m ever seeing this. And you can get a big old bucket of them for 35 pesos here. Wow! Something I totally wasn’t specting with this… Specting [Laughing at mistake] What were you specting? What I totally was not Expecting with Día de Muertos here in Oaxaca is that there are so many people that are dressed up like different things Like this guy Well, I would have thought that it would be a woman but this guy has corn husks out the wazoo making a dress. And a big headdress. Literally out the wazoo. Out the wazoo. [Laughter] But there’s so many people dressed up as things I bet it’s a very lucrative career to do that around this time of year. If I had to guess. But some of them are so elaborate Like that is unreal! I can’t even imagine how long it would take to make that let alone put it all on. Or to take it all off, woah! Okay, so it is the night of the second, meaning things are like Officially coming to a close and it has been a whirlwind to celebrate Día de Muertos here in Oaxaca. I’m honest to goodness Not sure if I’m relieved that it’s over because we’ve been doing so much, and non-stop, and it’s been a lot of fun the whole time. Or sad I’m a little bit sad because it’s been so much fun! It’s like kind of when you go on a really great vacation and then you have to come back you have that like Vacation hangover that you have to get over I have mixed feelings right now. And now I have to wash this paint off. I have mixed feelings about that too. [Laughter] Oh my goodness! This was such a fun time I think the experiencing dia de Muertos in Oaxaca is by far one of my Favorite experiences that has ever happened to us since traveling, ever, anywhere in the whole world! In my whole life. I hope you enjoyed this video because we worked really really really hard to put this together If you did Please consider subscribing to our channel because we put out other videos about Mexico and traveling all around the world. 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100 thoughts on “Why we REGRET not visiting OAXACA, MEXICO sooner

  1. You’re doing it right with making a taco with your food. Doesn’t matter what it is a true Mexican always makes tacos with their tortillas no matter the dish lol

  2. A few years back my hubby and I went to Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California. It was before the holiday was becoming larger. I dressed as a sugar skull, and hubby was the Grim Reaper. He had so many people that took his photo, and I was getting a bit irritated. It took hours to put my make up on, and maybe 15 min for him, lol.
    It was a unique first time. Now our local cemetery's are going all out for the holiday. This was the first year out of many that we didn't go out.

  3. Me encantan sus videos, Lastima que la werita hermosa tenga Boyfriend… Ya la hubiera invitado a dar la vuelta por todo México 😍
    Quedó muy linda con su maquillaje de Catrina 👏👏👏

  4. My parents are from Oaxaca and I try to go once a year but I havent had the chance to be around dia de los muertos. You two made an amazing video showcasing dia de los muertos in oaxaca. Thank you so much.

  5. Guys chocolate drink is so mexico, I mean like a coke soda is what you think about the US, that's how much that chocolate drink is so Mexican. It is literally a drink created in Mexico by Mejica and was drunk like jasmine tea is drunk in japan. And yeah that spice is not like chai in india, nah, that's chile because that's how mejica made it. Orale.

  6. OMG there's a couple who has a Youtube channel Kinetic Kennons and lives in Mexico they where at the same festivall and you could be her twin almost

  7. You two are such wonderful people. On behalf of mexican people i want to say thank you. For showing the world that Mexico is a beautiful, special, and wonderful place on this earth. For many people think its not so beautiful, special, and wonderful; but your videos show them they're wrong.

  8. im glad you all approve of Oaxaca, we are going there in may, to see if this is a good spot to relocate too, Puerto Vallarta just isnt doing it for us anymore, I feel its more like the usa now, we have been researching Oaxaca for our next location.

  9. I’ve lived in Xoxocotlán all my live and since I remember the old cementery has always been busy in dia de muertos. In the old cementery there are tombs from the XVIII and XIX century so the people who go there on october 31st just leave ofrendas to very distant family and later they go to the new cementery where they have burried closer family. People in the old cementery have been used to turist taking pictures of their ofrendas and walking in front of then and they don’t take it as something disrecpectful (because it happens every year since I have memory). The panteon general is very beautiful at night and it has too much history inside, famous oaxaqueños are burried there and there is a section of niches from people who died of cholera in 1833 and it gets very beautiful at night because of the candles that people leave.

  10. You've out done yourselves! Your adventures and discoveries in Mexico are an excellent antidote to the negative news from Mexico that wafts into the US. Laska must be comfortable alone while you are on an outing

  11. @17:49 Día de muertos es sobre celebrar la vida y la muerte de aquellos que nos dejaron. Las visitas en los panteones siempre ha sido así, algunos más serios y otros más festivos. Yo no pienso que hayan sido irrespetuosos. Me encanta como proyectaron la mayor celebración en México. 💜

  12. it's ok to walk through the cemetery taking pictures a videos people won't mind and they even will let you do it but be always respectful and ask for their permission if you want to stand in front and take a picture

  13. Maddie looks super beautiful! What a great video! You guys make me miss my country even more! Greetings from Toronto! 🤗

  14. So what's your views in resent murders of americans including babies?? Its Mexico still a wonderful place to live??

  15. Your enthusiasm is contagious! <3
    Thanks for sharing your adventures! We will have a lot more time for exploration this winter, and will be using your visits to various places as our guide!

  16. Tal vez las personas más viejitas puedan molestarse un poco por algunas conductas de las personas en los panteones pero en general no es malo que tomes fotos ahí o les preguntes algo, o hagas ruido. Ustedes tranquilos y disfruten que la muerte es vida ヽ(•̀ω•́ )ゝ✧

  17. Traditionally this is a family celebration, we go to the cemetery and cheerfully remember the departed. Instagram culture and the tradition being commercialized is something new, so I guess currently it's up to every individual to consider it disrespectful or not. I'd consider it disrespectful if someone was taking pictures of me in this intimate moment, but that's just me.

  18. Maddie & Jordan thank you so much for all the exuberance, joy…..and integrity, you bring to your YouTube channel and experiences. This was awesome! I absolutely love how you embrace my culture with so much positivity. I’ve tried watching other channels; but you are the best, in my humble opinion. I am all smiles when watching (and re-watching) your videos. Try not to let the naysayers get you down…..you two have met your calling and you are great at what you are doing! 🥰. Peace and blessings for all of your future travels.

  19. What a wonderful video! Thank you so much for being so mindful and respectful of the families celebrating their loved ones in the cemeteries and not being “those tourists.” Un abrazo fuerte!

  20. El panteón general es el panteón de la ciudad, y de hecho originalmente ahí se enterró a la gente que murió por epidemias, y después se convirtió en el panteón de todos, tiene varias partes, la más vieja es donde está la capilla sin terminar y las tumbas de personajes ilustres, pero de hecho la clase alta en Oaxaca vive por lo general en San Felipe, y ahí hay un panteón especial, y los otros panteones son de lugares que eran otros pueblos es decir, la ciudad antes era pequeña y esos pueblos pues estaban retirados de la ciudad, pero ahora ya se han juntado por el mismo crecimiento de la ciudad.

  21. The circle when people dancing in the comparsa it’s call víbora de la mar in english is something like “snake of the sea” and it’s very traditional dance at wedding party. And the kids with her pumpkin it’s because here in Mexico it’s tradition ask for candies or money like in USA, but here in Mexico it’s call ask for “calaverita”.

  22. La abuela diciendo que la leche quemada es de Oaxaca le falta salir de su casa a la anciana ni siquiera es originaria de México y soy mexicano y en casi todo los estados y países es producida

  23. im mexican, and even i wouldnt set foot in mexico. If anything goes down, you are on your own and you've got only yourself to blame. If the govt of mexico gets control of the crime and cartels, i'd go back .

  24. Thank god there wasn't an uppity liberal asshole telling you guys that you can't do, be, talk, interact or paint yourself sporting our holidays, because of "KKKULTURAL APPROPIATION LIKE LITERALLY OMG TRIGGER ALERT!!!1one".

  25. "like" is what is known as a stative verb. Stative verbs are not used in the continuous.
    I am not "liking" this video. That is impossible. But I do like it.

  26. Wooowza,congratulations guys,you nail it,i am addicted to your videos,and this one was the best one,maybe because it's my favorite time of the year and this is Oaxaca,muchas gracias de corazon for sharing all this moments with us,you guys are my favorite gringos becoming Mexicans,todo de lujo!!!!

  27. Simply amazing! (6:53) It was an excellent idea! You could even appear in a magazine, newspaper or TV show!

    I'm speechless! WoW!

  28. im from oaxaca but i have never been there in the city during dia de muertos, watching your video makes me want to be there with the comparsas dancing, i enjoyed the video!!

  29. This video was 42 mins but didn't feel like it I should have been an hour 😁 had a week off of work (elbow injury) and binge watching older videos and they helped me get thru painful sleepless nights. Love the channel!

  30. the day of the dead holiday originated in mexico, and is the day where the deceasaed loved ones of the people are honored. and the marigold (cempasuchil which means 20 petals in nahuatl, and the marigold is native to mexico, it originated only from mexico and was taken from mexico by the europeans during the colonization to different parts of the world) the marigold is the traditional day of the dead flower because the aztecs believed that the marigolds bright color and strong aroma helped guide the spirits of the deceased back to earth. and the different offerings are the deceaased's favorite foods that they loved during their life and the things they loved in life, and when they come back on the nov 1 and 2nd they come and consume the aroma of the food and drinks that are on the ofrendas (altars). nov 1 is for the children who have passed and nov 2nd is for the adults who have passed. and if the deceased persons picture is not on the ofrenda (altar), it is believed that the person cannot come back to earth to visit their living loved ones. and the people gather at the cemetery where their loved ones are buried so they can spend time with their deceased loved ones and celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed. the disney movie "coco" is a great movie that shows the traditions of dia de muertos and what they represent.

  31. Espero que les gustara Mi bello Oaxaca
    Créanme que no hay como Oaxaca
    Es un lugar mágico ❤
    Vuelvan pronto… en Julio que es mes de la guelaguetza 🤭❤

  32. You make day of the dead look 👀 so festive and I want to be there feeling you articulate everything so as I can taste the food and feel what you guys are feeling thank you for taking me along 🌹👻🇲🇽

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