Friday, January 21, 2022

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...
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The falling rocks of Lubaantun.

Although the ruins at Lubaantun aren't a secret, they're not nearly as well known as those at Xunantunich, Lamanai, or Altun Ha because they're...

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,...

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...

Puebla’s new Museum of the Baroque

In 2017, the Museo Internacional del Barocco opened in Puebla City, Mexico. The new building, designed by Toyo Ito, is worth seeing both for...
Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo on their regular Thursday demonstration.

We should all honor and emulate the mothers of Plaza de Mayo

During the decade or so between 1976 and 1983, malevolent right-wing military dictatorships terrorized Argentina's intellectuals, leftists, artists, and anyone else with the sense...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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Quetzalcoatl’s temple is also worth exploring at Teotihuacan

Because he's one of my favorite gods, I particularly like the Quetzalcoatl Temple (Templo de Quetzalcoatl) at Teotihuacan, which is at the opposite end...

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...

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...

On the streets of colonial Trinidad.

Trinidad was one of the first cities established in the Caribbean by the Spanish. In 1514 -- only 22 years after Columbus first landed...

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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...

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...

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...
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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...