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North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City November 6th 2010

It is Saturday and I don't feel guilty about not being at the Archives! So, with one of my new friends (the one that survived Friday night without drinking too much with me) headed in the fairly early morning to Xochimilco. Xochimilco is in the far far far south of Mexico City. Approximately 13 subway stops and then 17 train stops almost due south (this city is massive) and takes more than 1.5 hours to get to using public transit. Now why would I want to go to this place? Well, because the Aztecs built it of course! It is one of the only remaining places were the chinampas can still be seen today. The Aztecs built a canal system. Now they didn't dig the canals, instead they built the land in Lake Texcoco (which is ... read more
Some Islands
More Islands With Boats Around
Me, Beer, Sun and a Boat close by

North America » Mexico » Estado de Mexico » Teotihuacán November 5th 2010

Classical Period Pyramids. I had to go! Probably the first pyramids in the Americas, built sometime around 200BC, these ruins were interesting. Having seen Macchu Pichu, Angkor Wat, Chichen Itza, the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army, I was not expecting to be wowed at all by these Central Mexican pyramids. I was mistaken, they were awesome and impressive! The Pyramid of the Sun was huge, and symmetric layout of the area was incredible, but even more incredible was the views from the tops of the pyramids (though the proximity to Mexico City meant smog was one of the things to view). I went with two of my new friends and we sat in the super powerful and hot sun and I talked way too much about what I knew about the Aztecs and ... read more
Me and the Pyramid of the Sun
Pyramid of the Moon
View From the Pyramid of the Moon

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City November 4th 2010

So on my first self declared day off, I forced myself to get to the northern end of the city where the famous farmer held rose petals in his shirt/apron and when he let them go the face of the virgin was left in red stains. The famous Virgin of Guadalupe has become the most central Mexican figure in Catholicism. Way back in third year I wrote an essay about it and I decided being only 15 or so metro stops away I had to go take a peak at the place. The directions I got were, "get off at Villa-Basilica metro station and follow the people. That is all I had to do. There were hundreds and hundreds of people flocking to the Basilica and it was a Friday afternoon. I was extremely impressed by ... read more
Pope Mobile, Mexico Edition
Some People
Looking Down From the Hill

Wrapped up my time at the archives for the week and decided to go check out the old Aztec central Temple. It was another excellent museum. I loved it. My power cord on my computer died and I though I lost computer access, but remembered all about those amazing things called cibercafes. Not much to tell other than the fact that I didn't sit in my room typing all night and looking at pictures and information led me to go hangout with people. I had lots of fun, I met another Canadian, a Swede and two Americans. We went out for dinner and some beers before I returned to the B&B to prepare for a good night sleep.... read more
A Different Angle
Skull Decorations
Old Aztec Shield

So the archive kind of sucks. Everything moves slow (though people told me it is a fairly quick moving archive!) and I spent a lot of the day waiting. Nothing I looked at was useful and so I just went for a walk. I saw some more neat day of the dead things before eating burritos and tacos and deciding that I would buy a beer and go for a walk. I found out that drinking in public was a criminal offence with mandatory jail time. Fortunately for me I was able to convince the cop (or rather, he convinced himself) that I fine would clear everything up (with no receipt of course). He said it was $90 and I said it was impossible. When I walked away (having poured an almost full beer out) I ... read more
Some Day of the Dead competition
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So I woke up a little late but found my way to the Archive only to find out that it was bureaucratic hell. 3 hours of registering only to find out that I need to supply my own gloves and face mask. Also I found out that I needed to bring my passport to register (an hour and a half round trip back to the bed and breakfast). So rather than finding the face masks and gloves, I decided to go and see what was happening in the city center. And I can say it was rather exciting! I guess the city holds a really large celebration for Day of the Dead even though I had heard that most of the 'good stuff' happens in Oaxaca, I guess they were wrong! Lots of food, dancing and ... read more
Aztec Dancing
Cool Imagery

I went and saw the Anthropology Museum which houses most of the stuff I have been looking at in books. It is the middle of Cautehauc (or something like that) Park. It was really awesome to see. It is one of the best, if not the best, museum I have ever been in. The Aztec Sun Stone and scale model of old Tenochtitlan blew me away. There were exhibits on Oaxaca and the Maya and Pacific as well as Atlantic Coast people as well. Really neat stuff. I ate tacos (again) and fresh fruit while sweating in a T-Shirt. It was rather nice. I prepared myself for the archives before falling asleep rather early (again). Tomorrow is the Day of the Dead and introduction to the archives!... read more
Aztec Sun Stone

I have started this trip completely unprepared for what was coming. I knew nothing about Mexico City but did not care. I met up with some old friends and crashed on their couch in the East Queen St. area near Broadview Ave. My first night (the 28th) was just some relaxing and laughing while we talked about the things that had happened since I we had last hung out. It had been years since we had seen each other. They both had to work the next day and I was exhausted, so we called it an early night around midnight and commented on our status of becoming old. The next morning I had breakfast with Littlefair in Greektown at the Detroit Eatery (or something like that) and talked about how crazy it was that Rob Ford ... read more

South America » Argentina » Córdoba » Córdoba August 27th 2010

Even though I couldn´t technically afford it (thank you visa!) I went for it. Pictures are self explanitory.... read more

South America » Argentina » Córdoba » Córdoba August 26th 2010

I can´t believe it, but the ending is approaching quickly. Córdoba is going to be my last new stop on this adventure and it is unfortunately not as adventure filled as you could hope for from a place like this. It is nice, but it is basically just a smaller version of Buenos Aires. Now, to my understanding, the surrounding countryside is supposed to be amazingly beautiful with lots of hills and forests that could make for weeks of camping and adventures. Unfortunately for me that doesn´t work into my very real concrete schedule (I also had to not do some pretty cool sounding things around Salta, and skip Jujuy and San Pedro de Atacama and.... You always have to skip something unfortunately). The bus ride and my last day in Salta were fairly uneventful. I ... read more

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