I met Iraly at the hostel I was staying at. She helped guide through her favourite parts of the city in exchange for practicing English with her.
“One of the best attractions of Oaxaca is the cuisine. You can feel the love of those who prepare the food here. It also brings out the heritage of Oaxaca as you can find Mesoamerican, Indigenous, Spanish and other European influences through the mole sauces, maize, bread, chocolate and condiments used in dishes. The time we eat is also the time I am with my family, it’s what brings us together.”