one of my favorite flowers throughout central america; i never saw it when i was able to take a photo (always on the side of the road when i was on a bus) and now the one i have is blurry. oh well, i'll take what i can get!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
the entire thing is carved!
decorated for some festivals
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
an image of a jaguar in one of the pyramids
a view of the sun pyramid (65 meters)
and the moon plaza from the moon pyramid
a view of the moon pyramid (45 meters) from the sun pyramid
damn! I came so ill-prepared!
The old basilica (on the right) is sinking, like the rest of Mexico City, so they built a new one (on the left), which resembles a stadium or arena more than a conventional church, but whatever works, right?!
inside the new basilica (it's a little fuzzy because
I couldn't use flash and it was fairly dark)
the roofs of both the old and new basilicas
enjoying a very large fruit salad
Christmas in Mexico City
the cathedral in the center of downtown
a mural depicting the Spainards in Mexico; it made my heart very heavy
buildings and the angel in the middle of town
a colonial building that i thought was interesting
(I'm not sure if the photos are bad, if the computer I loaded them on distorted them, or if the computer I'm using is bad, but the quality seems a bit off...)
view of the lake shore
pretty orange flower - sarah, this one's for you!
the view looking the other way
I didn't know you could walk to Princeton, NJ in 2 hours from Guatemala!
Drying fish - it didn't smell very pleasant around the pier, needless to say.
Yet another sunset - and I'm sure it won't be the last
the coast line from my hotel
a view out of the car (I think it actually might be Guatemala, whoops)
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I'm currently in Mexico City waiting for my Indian visa and will be here for about a week. I am apparently an arrogant U.S. citizen and didn't even think about needing a visa (one of the perks of traveling in Latin America - no visas required). Someone mentioned it to me in a hostel the other night and sure enough, I had to get to Mexico City as quickly as possible. After taking 1 boat and 6 buses, I arrived 29 hours after I left the beautiful relaxing lake to the hussling city life. And in this huge city, I'm keeping faith that some internet cafe will let me upload some photos...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
So I hopped on a plane yesterday morning and headed back down to Central America; Honduras to be exact. I got on a bus to meet a friend on the coast and was plesantly reminded of the fun bus rides. This particular bus didn't have any storage space, so everyone's luggage was blocking the aisle and door, which meant that I was practically sitting on someone else's luggage, while people had to step on my seat to crawl over and get further back on the bus. It doesn't sound quite as amusing as it seemed to me at the time, but it was a nice welcome back to the region. The air smelled sweet like the tropics usually do (unless they smell like diesel) and was so warm and stickly I had trouble remembering that I was chilly that morning waiting for the train in Atlanta. Off to eat yet another dinner of rice and beans...
Thursday, November 22, 2007
a view of the Miraflores locks
I didn't get a chance to properly explain bus rides in Central America. Remember the big yellow school buses some of us rode to school years ago? Well they usually make it down to Central America for many more years of use before they are finally (if ever?) put out of their misery. They paint these old buses lots of pretty colors, like the one above. The buses are called chicken buses and remarkably they don't even translate it, they just call the buses "chicken buses." And people actually bring chickens on the buses, which are never full. They can always fit additional people, which helps gringos like me keep from falling out of the seat on the curvy roads.