Sunday, November 27, 2011

Family's Visit: Zócalo and the Historic District

My brother arrived Friday night, so Saturday we were ready to begin our adventures in Mexico. 

We visited the Angel of Independence ...

figures on the base of the Angel of Independence

view of Paseo de la Reforma from the Angel

Independence Monument

...and then headed over to the Historic District. 

Christmas decorations, including piñatas

Bellas Artes and lots of scouts

view from the Torre Latinoamericana

view from the Torre Latinoamericana

street performers

tiled building

Catedral Metropolitana in the Zócalo

Aztec dancers in the Zócalo

inside the Catedral Metropolitana

inside the Catedral Metropolitana

statue of Pope John Paul II
outside of the Catedral Metropolitana

Me and my brother in the courtyard of the National Palace

It looks like we shrunk

our cat friend during our visit to the Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

Rosary hanging from a Church

We enjoyed a meal at the Hostería de Santo Domingo, which was founded in 1860. 

chile relleno

Chile en nogada

Family's Visit: Tacos, Soumaya Museum and Choir Concert

This past week I enjoyed a wonderful visit with my family. My parents arrived Thursday night and we went out for some tacos for a proper welcome to Mexico. 

Friday we went to the new Soumaya Museum, which was a first for me as well. The building itself is very impressive. Once inside, its recommended to start from the top and wind your way down and around to each floor's exhibit. 

Souymaya Museum

That evening I performed with the choir in the Sala Carlos Chávez in the Cultural Center of UNAM (so many concerts lately, though I'm very glad my parents were able to see me perform!).From there we went to pick up my brother from the airport. It was a bit more complicated than it should have been between trouble getting a taxi and confusion as to were he would arrive, but then we were finally all together in Mexico! 

Rotaract Casino

On November 12th, the Ciudad de México Rotaract Club hosted a Casino Night to raise money for their projects. There was Texas Hold'em, Roulette and Blackjack. Tickets entitled guests to 40 chips and a drink (though they could buy more -- both chips and food/drink). Chips were then traded in for tickets for the two raffles -- including the grand prize of a laptop!

I helped set up for the event and then was a roulette and blackjack dealer throughout the night (practicing those math skills! haha). It was a lot of fun (though quite tiring!).

counting out chips

the raffle prizes 



getting ready to start Casino Night at the Roulette table