Mexico | Sunday, January 13, 2019

Today in Mexico City we began the day having breakfast at Hotel Canada. The view from the rooftop is stunning and enjoyable. The day was overcast but the rain held off for most of the day. We attended Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral at 10:30 am. Afterwards we encountered many people dressed in traditional garb and holding cleansing rituals outside the Cathedral. Several members of our group participated in these rituals which included a plant, incense, and scented water. One student stated, “I felt lighter after that.” Entering in to ritual even if mainly out of curiosity doesn’t vitiate its purpose and effect. There’s a video below of Jade entering in to the ritual. After this, we tried to enter the Templo Mayor and see the Aztec ruins but we were told we had to pay. On Sundays it’s free but not for foreigners. So, we decided to regroup and return to the hotel to freshen up and head out to the Frida Kahlo Museum.

The Frida Kahlo Museum always intrigues me as I learn about the strength, focus, purpose, and creativity of this woman. It’s no surprise that the Mexican people hold here in high esteem. She accomplished so much given the physical challenges she encountered by having polio at age six and being hit by a street car while ride a bus at age eighteen. Her body was horribly fractured and she could never have children. Her art reflects the tension of a defective body housing a beautiful, expressive talent. When we left the museum we spend some time at the local market and Zócolo. The students ended up purchasing many things at the market and seemed generally pleased with their finds. We headed over to the Basilica  of our Lady of Guadalupe to see this most important site for all of Mexico.  The day was long but enjoyable and the students had the evening free.

More to come…

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