Ciudad del Bellas Artes

Trip Start Sep 10, 2005
Trip End Apr 27, 2006

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Mexico city was a rush! Very big city, muchas, muchas personas! As soon as I got into Mexico City I noticed how much warmer and sunnier it was than Guatemala and that it was so big and so crowded (or flodded!). It was a big culture shock. I kept thinking, "We´re not in Antigua anymore, Ragnar!!!"

It is a world class city with world class arts, and tried to cram in as much art as I could in 5 days. Tons of art museums and many public pinturas (paintings)and esculturas (sculptures).

I started with a big red tourbus (you have to in a huge city like this)and I got to see most of the big sights including the famous symbol Monumento a la Independencia (El Angel). I also found the cool bohemian neighborhood that i would want to live in--it is called "Condesa", and it is right by "Lincoln Park".

Went to the Museum of Antropology. It is like the Louvre in paris. It could take you days or months to see everything. The highlight was the Stone of the Sun. It is well known as the Aztec Calendar (at least that is how I have been teaching it) because of the pictures of symbols of the cosmos, days, and months, but it is a misnomer. The stone was actually probably a sacrificial altar.

I went to the Palacio of the Bellas Artes--awesome building with an art deco design on the inside. It is slowly sinking because much of mexico city used to be water and the foundation is not too stable. Anyway, I saw some really cool murals by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo. I was most impressed with the style of Diego Rivera's works. They are so huge and so full, with so much information, and his brushstroke makes it look like he did the whole thing with colored pencils! Sigueiros'work is animated and dramatic with so much perspective that it reminds me of Japanese animation.

I found the Museo Franz Mayer . It was having an exhibition on sillas (chairs). I took many pictures of the modern chairs. I remember looking for these photos on the internet for an art unit. It is nice to know I can now use my own photographs in the future!

I took the metro south to an upper-class neighborhood where Frida Kahlo's is. She was born and died there... The bummer is, they wouldn't let me take any pictures inside :(

Oh yeah, and last but certainly not least, I found the best pasteleria (bakery) in the world. Just about everyday I would go in and brouse the thousands of breads and treats and cakes. (see photos) People were buying a hundred peices at a time. I just fell in love with the pastel con queso (cheese cake) only ocho (8) pesos. About 80 cents (mas o menos)U.S. The cake was less rich and more crumbly that we find in the U.S. and that suited me just fine!!

Oh yeah, sorry to say that Ragnar was a little under the weather for this leg of our trip. I can't say if he was sick or it was all the rain, or maybe just the crowds and people, but he spend most of the time in bed watching movies in español!

hope all is well--keep in touch

I`m off to Oaxaca City next--about 6 hours by bus..

hasta luego!

Jen and Ragnar
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