Mexico

There’s No Internet in the El Panchan Jungle, But There Are 12 Hour Techno Parties

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When you go to Palenque, many people recommend that you find a bed in a place called El Panchan. It’s a little village tucked away in a reforested patch of jungle somewhere between the modern Palenque town and the ruins of Palenque. I arrive in Palenque town early in the morning and find a cab […]

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Awakening in a Dreamland

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The taxi driver turns to look at me anxiously as we slow and then come to a halt in Mexico City rush hour traffic. He skillfully maneuvers around other taxis, big buses, small buses, regular cars — whatever he can do to get a few feet closer to the bus station where I’ll begin my […]

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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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Songs for the Road No. 13: Enchanted Oaxaca

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Today was a day of everyday markets. Today was a day of sipping Oaxaca hot chocolate and dipping airy sweet bread in it. Today was a day of city squares where people gather as if it were an extension of their living room. Today was a day of sitting on a crowded bench at a […]

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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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