Mexico City: Xochimilco

Mexico City is home to over 20 million people.  It’s also built on a swamp!  Most of the time the leaning, occasionally even almost splitting buildings are the only giveaway to the city’s shaky foundation.  Xochimilco, however, is a series of canals that point back to the lake that once occupied this space. We wove … More Mexico City: Xochimilco

Mexico City: The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

One of our first stops in Mexico City was the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  As a Protestant American, I don’t think I could appreciate the full significance of this site for Mexican Catholics, but it was a cool place to visit nonetheless. In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous … More Mexico City: The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

La Sierra Gorda: the Surrealist Garden of Edward James

I think it’s safe to safe one of the most unique places we visited all semester was the Surrealist Garden of Edward James/las Pozas de Edward James.  Located near Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, this was as far as we went into the Sierra Gorda and Huasteca Potosina.  A British poet, Edward James was a big … More La Sierra Gorda: the Surrealist Garden of Edward James