Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I'm looking forward to seeing my little buddy again soon! (And everyone else in Maltrata too, of course!) 

Monday, March 26, 2012

The choir goes to the Botanical Garden

On Saturday the choir sang at UNAM's Botanical garden. It was a great turnout and a very receptive, enthusiastic audience. As a thank you they gave each of us a little cactus!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Aftershocks (continued...)

As of 9:15am today, the count is up to 184 aftershocks. Whoa. I haven't felt anything here since the one the day I got back. A few people have commented on facebook they've felt some. It must be unnerving living closer to the epicenter though.

Friday, March 23, 2012


I may have missed the earthquake on Tuesday (which I've seen reported anywhere from 7.4-7.8), but I haven't missed out completely on all the rumblings. I returned to the DF on Thursday and within maybe thirty minutes of arriving at my apartment I experienced a small aftershock (4.8). I noticed the necklaces hanging on my door start to sway and thought... hey, I remember this. I felt the room move for a second and then it was gone. According to Mexico's National Seismological Service, as of 11:30am today there had been 132 aftershocks from Tuesday's earthquake (though I've only felt the one).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


There was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake today that affected central and southern Mexico. Just an update that I'm out of the DF for a few days so I didn't feel anything.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


During my time in Maltrata I went on a day trip to the port city, Veracruz. I wasn't there long, but at least enough time to eat a shrimp cocktail at the market, take a walk along the beach, go for a quick dip in the ocean and enjoy lunch under a canopy on the beach.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Family's Visit: Hotel Geneve

While my family visited in November we stayed at the Hotel Geneve. This historic hotel opened in 1907. It was the first hotel in the DF to receive women traveling by themselves, as well as the first hotel  in the DF to offer taxi service, a cleaner's, a tennis court and a barber shop, and have a phone and bathroom in every room. Apparently, the day the Mexican Revolution began (November 20, 1910), Porfirio Diaz had lunch there with his family.

Family's Visit: UNAM and Coyoacán

On my family's last day in the DF (in November) we visited the UNAM and Coyoacán. 



We ate at Corazón de Maguey, a mezcalería (aka known for it's mezcal -- an alcoholic beverage made from the maguey or agave plant) which had lots of options of mezcal served on its own or in cocktails and gourmet twists on typical Mexican foods.

guacamole with chapulines (grasshoppers) 

Cochinita pibil - a slow-roasted pork dish

a stuffed chile 

tlayuda -- typical in Oaxaca

Coyoacán decorated for Christmas 

tents of people participating in the Occupy movement

at the Coyoacan market 

at the Coyoacan market 

coffee at Café El Jarocho 


Family's Visit: Thanksgiving, Mexico style

(Yes, back in November). While I was in class my family went to Chapultepec Park to see the Chapultepec Castle and the Anthropology Museum.

(To see more photos from previous visits, click here or here)

Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Castle 

Chapultepec Castle 

Anthropology museum

Anthropology Museum

Anthropology museum

Anthropology museum

Voladores de Papántla, outside
of the Anthropology museum

After their touring and my class, we met up in my apartment to get ready for our Holiday extravaganza. Since I wouldn't be going home for Christmas or my birthday, we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas and my birthday (though we did go in order at least).

they brought me flowers -- how nice! 

the chef


watching the Ravens online

Thanksgiving dinner!
(You can also see Christmas in the background...)

Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and
broccoli casserole - yum! 

And tortillas! To make a Thanksgiving taco of course...

Pumpkin pie! 
After Thanksgiving, we had Christmas....

...and then my birthday!

It was a fantastic day and I was very grateful to spend "the holidays" (even if all crammed into one afternoon/evening) with my family in Mexico.