Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuna (fruit, not fish)

Today I went to the market again -- just barely made it there in time! I bought tunas (prickly pear) , mangos and tlacoyos (which I tried with Cindy in Cuernavaca).

For those of you that are wondering, tunas look like this:

You just peel them and they're ready to eat! (Add a little lime and salt and they taste like candy, yum!)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Museo Diego Rivera - Anahuacalli

Saturday we went to Anahuacalli, a museum designed by Diego Rivera. "Anahuacalli" means "house around of water" in Nahuatl. 

Rivera was fascinated by pre-hispanic culture and designed this museum to display his collection, which includes articles from almost every indigenous civilization Mexico's history. Rivera died before the museum was completed, so Juan O'Gorman (ie: architect of UNAM Biblioteca Central and Rivera's Studio/House in San Angel), Heriberto Pagelson and Rivera's daughter, Ruth (Rivera was married 4 times) finished the museum. 

It's built out of volcanic rock and designed like a pyramid. There are different rooms dedicated to various indigenous gods. The ground floor is very dark, but as you go up, each floor gets progressively brighter until you reach the terrace.

Message from Diego Rivera: "Devuelvo al pueblo lo que de la herencia artistica de sus ancestros pude rescatar" -- I am giving back to the people what I could recover of the artistic heritage of their ancestors. 

unfinished artwork by Diego Rivera

View from the terrace

Fun fact: Did you know that Diego Rivera's full name was 
Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez?


Look what I found! 

Baltimore, Maryland -- my "hometown" (or close enough at least). 


Today I went to my first fútbol (soccer) game in Mexico: Cruz Azul (from the DF) vs. Tigres de la UNAL (from Monterrey).

The fútbol stadium is right next the bullfighting stadium (one of the few cultural experiences I don't plan on partaking in). 

There were lots of venders fútbol hats, shirts, backbacks, flags, etc. 

Cruz Azul plays at Estadio Azul in the Benito Juarez Delegacion. 

Lots of flags in the stadium. 

Very spirited fans (and some kind of smoke?)

Cruz Azul v. Tigres

The boys:

I spy: a man sitting on the roof of an unfinished building watching the fútbol game. Can you find him? 

At halftime they had a competition with an obstacle course. 

It started to rain so Karen and I took cover under her scarf. 

Final: Cruz Azul 3, Tigres 2

Zona Rosa

After our Rotary meeting on Tuesday, Billy, Robert and I wandered through the Zona Rosa on our way to the metro. 

We saw the El Ángel de la Independencia, which was built built to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of Mexico's War of Independence. It was later made into a mausoleum for heroes of the Mexican Independence. 

We saw bikes you can rent (available in various areas in the city). 

We also stopped for a shoeshine...

which was across the way from a pretty decorated tree. 

We then found a Zona Rosa Rotary statue. 

Rotary Club Ciudad de Mexico

On Tuesday the four Rotary Scholars (me, Vanessa, Billy, Robert) attended our first Rotary Meeting in Mexico City along with our host counselor, Sergio Calvillo (member of the Ciudad Universitaria Club). 

We visited the Ciudad de Mexico Club, which is the oldest and largest club in Mexico City. We met lots of people, enjoyed a delicious lunch, heard from Abraham Zabludovsky (works in radio/television), were introduced to the club and exchanged club banners. 

Robert, Billy (Paul Harris-- Rotary Founder), me and Vanessa
Scholars with Ernesto Ibarra (left, District Scholarship Chair) and members of the Ciudad de Mexico Club
"Mexico City Rotary Club, Founded in 1921, District 4170"
Ernesto Ibarra (District 4170 Scholarship Chair) and me

Monday, August 23, 2010


Every Monday there's a market near my apartment that sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and a various assortment of things -- plants, nail polish, clothes, laundry baskets, cooking utensils, etc. I've walked through it the past 3 weeks but I've always been in a rush (class registration, first day of class, master's program meeting) and gotten back too late when they're finishing breaking down the various stalls. 

This week I finally went! 
I purchased: 4 mangos (20 pesos), peeled tuna (the fruit, not fish -- 15 pesos), a plant for my room (40 pesos), fresh-made guacamole (which they promised me was not spicy but it is!, 20 pesos) and a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice (10 pesos). 
Total: 105 pesos or $8.12 USD (according to


Saturday we went to Xochimilco to celebrate Billy's birthday. Xochimilco is one of the 16 delegaciones (or boroughs -- like in NYC) in Mexico City, but it took us about an hour to get there by bus. Xochimilco means "some place with flowers" in Nahuatl.
Mexico City -- Delegacion Xochimilco highlighted(wikipedia)

We were quite the eclectic, international group representing Mexico, the US, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and studying at UNAM and Colmex as regular and exchange students. Karen was our fearless leader and organized the day -- including renting the bus and buying/preparing all the food and drinks.

Bus ride to Xochimilco
Xochimilco is famous for its canals, which are all that remain of Lake Xochimilco. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Once we got there, we rented one of the many, colorful trajineras (Xochimilco boats). 

Lots of food, drink, good times and good people in the Trajinera! 
Billy, me, Robert -- 2010-2011 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars 
There were lots of trajineras with mariachi bands, who you could pay per song to be serenaded.
Mariachi band
Mariachi band serenading our trajinera
Me and Tatiana
Feliz cumple, Billy! Happy birthday! 

There were lots of trajineras/boats selling things, including flowers, food, beer, plants and more. 
Selling flowers
Beer boat, selling micheladas 

Our captain/driver for the day 
Overall, a very fun day!!