Sonya and I have been in Mexico City now for almost a week. We've been seeing the sights, at perhaps too hectic a pace. The cathedral, the Diego Rivera murals at the National Palace, the floating gardens at Xochimilco, the Atec ruins at Templo Mayor and the huge ruins of a mysterious lost people at Teotihuacan, the Basilica of Our Lady Of Guadelupe, and the Museum Of Anthropology with its wonderful artifacts of pre-hispanic Mexico. We're taking a few more days because there is much more to see, but we are slowing our pace. On Saturday, we will attend worship with the Mexico City Unitarians. We had a wonderful dinner with their energetic leader, Francisco Lagunes Gaitan last night. I'll be writing about the UUs here in a later post.
The contrast with Oaxaca, a laid back colonial town, with Mexico City couldn't be greater. This is a huge, bustling, city of 25 million people. We're staying in the Historical District, which, as the name implies is where all the historical buildings are. Traveling around the city we've seen beautiful parks, monument lined boulevards, imposing architectural masterpieces, and fashionable neighborhoods. This is one of the four culinary capitals of the world along with New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
What I love about all these excursions are the insights into the history and culture of a proud people; a history and culture so intertwined with ours in the U.S. In future blogs, I will share more reflections on this.
Posted on Wed, November 10, 2010
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