Saturday, July 20, 2019

Xochicalco, one of the hidden treasures of Mexican archaeology.

Most archaeology buffs visiting Mexico City head straight to Teotihuacan to the north of the City. But there's another site that's also important in...

The great Mexican national railroad museum in Puebla

Puebla has great art museums, but one of their best museums is the Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles de Mexico.

The Soumaya is a visual treat, inside and out

Mexico City's Museo Soumaya building at Plaza Carso is one of those buildings that I never get tired of looking at. The building is...
Photo of 1950s American car parked in front of large statue of Che Guevara.

Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara

Just outside of the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, the mausoleum of Che Guevara attracts travelers, mourners, and revolutionaries from around the world. Che's...
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A beautiful evening in the Chichen Itza archaeological zone

Chichen Itzá is an easy drive of only about two-and-a-half hours from Cancun, which is one of Mexico's primary tourist destinations. That proximity contributes...

Sunday on Reforma with no cars

On Sundays, Mexico City's usually chaotic Paseo de Reforma is closed to automobiles and opened to bicycles, skaters, and pedestrians. It's a transformation that...
Photo of dog wearing a large printed name tag on her collar, seated on sidewalk in front of building.

Don’t hurt me. I’m fixed.

In Havana, there are so many unsterilized dogs and cats that some people try to kill them just to try to keep down their...

Fandango at the Bulb!

The members of Son de la Bahia, a son jarocho community based in the East Bay, gathered on the Albany bulb to host a...
Photo of large blue agave plant among many others in a field.

Tequila!

Because I love tequila, I decided I needed to go down to tequila country in Mexico to see where and how they make it. Tequila...

Tango is a lot more than a dance

Tango is Buenos Aires. Tango is Argentina. Tango was born in the slums of turn-of-the-20th-century Buenos Aires, where weary laborers translated their day-to-day burden...

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The Kiosco Morisco of Mexico City

Although its appearance would make one think that it was originally designed and built by a North African country and gifted to Mexico, the...
Photo of tall clock tower in front of market building.

Puebla’s flavorful colonial center

Known for its flavorful food, the architecture of Puebla's historic center also has a wide variety of flavors. The city was founded in 1531 by...

Signs of impending change?

Among the eight or more major "March for our Lives" demonstrations around the East Bay on March 24, the gathering in Oakland attracted several...
Photo of three men playing and singing on an outdoor stage.

Bang Data at the F&S Music Festival

Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse celebrated its 50th anniversary with an outdoor music festival on Addison Street last Saturday. The highlight -- for me...
Photo of three women performing an interpretive dance in front of a large mural.

Bailando en las Calles (Dancing in the streets)

On Sunday, May 6, Brava! for Women in the Arts and Precita Eyes Muralists presented their sixth annual "Baile en la Calle: The Mural...
Photo of statue of Che Guevara in front of building with large logo of his signature.

Che’s life commemorated in a single statue

One of the lesser-known memorials to Che Guevara in Cuba is the statue of Che and a child that's located at the provincial headquarters...
Photo taken straight up from under an interior dome in old church.

Puebla’s cathedral has the tallest bell towers in Mexico

Construction of the Cathedral of Puebla started in 1557 and was not completed for another 211 years. When it was finally finished in 1690,...
Photo of wide shot of train entering subway station interior, with one large wall painted with scenes of soccer star Lionel Messi.

Leo has an entire subway station dedicated to him

The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, loves Lionel Messi so much that they have dedicated one of their subway stations to him. The Jose...