Today was a full day seeing the major sites of Mexico City. We began with the Temple Mayor learning about the early civilization and religious life of the Mexicos people prior to the arrival of the Conquistadores. We walked through the Cathedral church to view its soaring architecture and cavernous interior. After, we took a drive through the City and arrived at the Basilica de la Virgin de Guadalupe. This amazing place attracts millions of people annually to worship and pray to Mary who said to St. Juan Diego: No estoy yo aqui que soy tu madre? (Am I not here, I who am your mother?) Afterward we traversed the City again to go La Casa de Azul or the home of Frida Kahlo where we learn about her life and art. In the evening we dined together and then the students had free time many choosing to watch the 49er’s earn their way to the Super Bowl.
Some students offer reflections on their experience so far:
Sarah El Qadah
Today was our first full day in Mexico and it was absolutely incredible and life-changing to see how large the city is and to also see people living their day to day life. We went to multiple museums & churches. By far, the museum I enjoyed the most was the Frida Kahlo Museum. I learned so much about Kahlo and saw so much of her paintings & life.
We visited a lot of museums and churches which had a lot of interesting architecture, paintings, and sculptures. The city is so vibrant and filled with lots of culture and people celebrating all sorts of things.
Today we were able to see many culturally important museums and sites in Mexico City. After visiting the Zócalo and the Temple Mayor, we could clearly see the European influence and its impact in the city. Later on, we visited the Frida Kahlo Museum and saw many of her pieces as well as a glimpse into her life. Mexico City is full of life and culture.