Mexico City

Photo Essay: The Colorful Markets of Mexico City

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In order to appreciate and be inspired by the misunderstood Mexico City, you have to go beyond the idea of simply seeing it. You have to live it. You have to open yourself up to the everyday Mexico City, roll around in it, absorb it. And eventually it will reveal the tremendous heart that both […]

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Photo Essay: A Day at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

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Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes looks the way a palace of fine arts should look, beautifully and intricately carved out of marble. And then you look up at the practically neon yellow and orange colored roof. It seems like an unlikely and flamboyant topper to the stately marble. But it somehow works. It makes […]

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Plaza de las Tres Culturas: A Site of Cultural Collision in Mexico City

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As we stepped out of the van and got our first glimpse of the ruins of Tlatelolco, I assumed it was just another archaeological site. But it had a strong aura about it, and there was an unusual juxtaposition of the Aztec ruins, a church, and the more modern architecture nearby. As the day went […]

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Photo Essay: Examining Mexico City’s History on a Tour of Three Significant Sites

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When I first arrived in Mexico City, I stayed at Hostel Amigo Suites, the younger, but more mellow and grown up sister of the noted party hostel, Hostel Amigo. I found that Hostel Amigo should be known for more than its lively nighttime events, it has an educational side as well. Together with Hostel Amigo […]

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La Virgen de Guadalupe: A Mexican Icon

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Images of noteworthy people are important in Mexico, especially religious and political figures. Here, it seems that people want to make certain people tangible and visible at all times, however accurate or inaccurate the image may be. On a daily basis I come across a circle or town square with a statue erected in honor […]

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Happy Just to be in Mexico City

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It looks just like how I remember it. Urban sprawl crawls up the sides of a mountain. It looks bland and dirty and impossibly huge. But I know there are diamonds down there, in unexpected places. After immigration, there’s customs. One of the airport staff holds up his pointer finger and says to me, “You […]

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An Unsettled Ending in Mexico

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In the end, I didn’t walk away from Oaxaca, obligation peeled and dragged me away. I was going to be a bridesmaid in my friends’ wedding a few days after getting back from Mexico, and that would be followed by a trip to Los Angeles to help my sister celebrate her 30th birthday. Still, some […]

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Musical Healing on the Canals of Xochimilco

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By train, it takes a long time to get from Coyoacan to its neighboring district, Xochimilco. Even with my new found adoration for moving around Mexico City, as I get on to the third train of the day, I begin to wonder if it is worth it to go to Xochimilco. I don’t know what […]

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