Was Malia Obama in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca today?

I am going to posit a guess that Malia Obama was in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca today with her classmates.  It was three o’clock in the afternoon and Pedro Montaño Lorenzo and I were on our way out-of-town heading to Matatlan in search of El Cortijo mezcal.  Pedro had just asked me if I thought Malia would visit Teotitlan.  It wasn’t on her itinerary, I said.  No, I don’t think so.  Just then, we passed a house where I saw a lot of activity — much more than usual.

It had to have been the U.S. Secret Service entourage I saw parked in front the house of weavers Victor and Rafaela today.  Why else would there be thirty vehicles in front of a small weaving house?  Why else would there be Mexican Federal Police cars parked beside them?  Why else would there be a truckload of armed military men of the Army of Mexico parked at the Crucero — where the road to Teotitlan connects to the Pan-American Highway?  There were probably four or five Federales cars roaming the road, too.  And, I couldn’t take a photo or I might have been thrown in jail!  And, I wanted to turn around and go back to say, “Hi, welcome to Oaxaca.”  But, I knew they wouldn’t take to kindly on that!

I turned my head to look at the doorway of the house, which was packed with people.  Yep, I thought.  Malia Obama made it to Teotitlan del Valle. She will know about the centuries old tradition of tapestry loom weaving that makes this village so special.

4 responses to “Was Malia Obama in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca today?

  1. So delightful she is in Oaxaca….good for her, good for Oaxaca, good for Mexico!
    Now…if we could just get her and her entourage over to Puerto Escondido, we could show them the belleza of our region…
    Gracias for the most interesting and observent report.

  2. Then again, it could have been the mezcal….

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