Posts Tagged ‘Mexico City’

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Mark: Agua

May 30, 2011

On Sunday we made a day trip about 3 hours north to what is left of the ancient city of Teotihuacan (I will be posting those photos on Flickr in the next day or two).  At its epoch the city was home to around 250,000 people before it disapeared for thousands of years. Teotihuacan probably suffered an ecological disaster. The city’s year-round water supply came from springs at the base of the volcanic mountian that towers over it, just like Cuernavaca and countless other cities in the region today. During the rainy season, water falls on the mountains and gets caught in the forrests before being absorbed by the porus volanic rock. The people of Teotihuacan cleared imense ammounts of timber to build their roofs, cook their food and heat limestone to create the ornate cement that used to cover the pyramids of the sun and moon and nearly every other surface in the city. The result was that water rushed into the valley of the lakes instead of being absorbed by the rock and the springs could no longer support the rapidly growing metropolis.

I come from a place where clean, drinkable water is always plentiful. In our country everyone has nearly free access to potable water, even if its from the bathroom sink at McDonald’s. Yesterday I saw poverty on a scope and scale you just can not find anywere in the United States. Leaving the Federal District of Mexico City and driving into the State of Mexico I saw thousands on thousands of squatter camps stretching miles up both side of the valley. These families literally build their shelters homes overnight five hundred at a time on any available piece of land in hopes of staking a claim and after ten years being granted the title to their plot. Another student studying here has spent some time doing aid work in Monterrey.  He said one of the questions people ask him a lot is why he feels like he needs to help in other countries when there is so much to do at home.  His says they would understand in a heartbeat if they saw these places themselves.

When Will and I got back to our host mother’s house, we found out that the water was not working, and we were almost through our rooftop resivour. That means plastic dinnerware, rationed tiolet flushing and definately no showers after a day of climbing pyramids in the sun. Our area is in a drought, but the rainy season should be coming in the next weeks (or months) and our water within the next day or two. It did rain again last night. It was cold and quick, but it was the perfect way to freshen up after a long day.  Standing on the roof in our swim trunks.

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Daniel: El Museo de Antropologia

April 21, 2010

This past Thursday, Carol, Charlie, Maggie, Rashelle, and I headed out to Mexico City to visit the National Museum of Anthropology. It was strange to finally be able to go on an excursion exclusively with those who have been 2/5’s of our class every Monday; it truly felt like we were some sort of family as weird as that may sound. We spent a fair amount of time in each section of the museum as Charlie blew our minds one artifact at a time. We took a break for lunch around 3 where Carol, Charlie, and I dined at the restaurant inside the museum. Amazing food but a little spendy. We continued our quest for knowledge after eating and left the museum around 6:30. It was a very long day with an almost painful amount of new knowledge.

We all relaxed on the way home as we sat in traffic listening to Carol try to configure the GPS on her Blackberry, which incidentally interrupted me as I was about to ask a question. I’ve never been interrupted by an electronic voice before and to have it happen so suddenly made me laugh until I cried. As we crossed the ridge separating Morelos and the D.F., Charlie told us a story I won’t soon forget like all of his stories, and we arrived back at the school around 8:30. Quite a day.

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Daniel: Puebla, y Otro Viaje a D.F. (Digital)

April 7, 2010
Here are some more photos from my trip to Puebla and Mexico City a weeks back. We visited a number of places in Puebla specifically, including a very old ceramics museum/factory/shop, a convent, a museum of anthropology, a delicious taco restaurant, an insane church, and the zocalo. It was yet another very long, very interesting day with a carpet bombing of knowledge from the mouth of Charlie Goff in each location.

The first photo is the interior of the house of Frida Kahlo. Not the well known ‘Blue House’ which is also located in Mexico City, but the house connected to that of Diego Rivera via awesome bridge. Above that is just an interesting color contrast I noticed on the roof.

Following, are two from the Saturday Bazaar in the DF. The bottom of the two is a very small lizard I noticed climbing through the merchandise of a vendor, and the other is some friends from Kentucky and I before we left.

The peacock and the dogs are from the courtyard of the estate of a woman whose name I still cannot remember. The dogs are in fact real, contrary to what I thought and you might think.

The bottom three are from the hand painted ceramics place in Puebla where we got a short tour.

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Daniel: La Ciudad de Mexico, Evo Morales

February 24, 2010

We went to Hidalgo Square in Mexcio City to see Evo Morales (the current president of Bolivia) speak this past Sunday. He was on an ‘unofficial’ visit, as he was Headed to Cancun for a conference and had just stopped in the Federal District to receive the key to the city, have lunch, and give a speech to an enthusiastic crowd. The four flags in the following pictures are the flags of Mexico, Bolivia, an indigenous flag, and the one with the ‘PT’ on it is the Partido del Trabajo, or Labor Party of Mexico.

Every one of these shots was taken in about a 20 foot radius. Moving became a bit difficult when Charlie made sure we had a front row seat for the passing of Evo, and to ensure he had a chance of getting another famous handshake. No luck this time though, security was tight.

The bottom photo is sadly the best photo of Evo I could get. I don’t want to make excuses but it was getting dark and shooting with an 18-135mm at about 120mm, f4.5 or so with a 1600 ISO. The amount of people packed in around me didn’t help this matter either. He’s the guy wearing the hat and flowers.

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