Thursday, June 13, 2013

Nov 2012: Visiting the place of revolutions, churches and temples

So I had a day free in Mexico while waiting for my flight back to London. So I picked one of those day long trips which would take you to interesting places.

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waiting for our driver to turn up

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an old old tree on the sidewalk…it just gives an impression of extreme age

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so I manage to cram myself in the last seat and thankfully I could stretch out a wee bit. We had 2 Brazilians, two Mexicans, two Americans, two Romanians and of course myself.

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You see these bugs all over the city…

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urban detritus…

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hey, Garibaldi…me old chap..bit far from Italy?

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a rather decrepit building…

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we stopped here and there were two mariachi chaps…unfortunately not even a single bloody photo came out good for them. Dammit.

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So we reach the first stop. this is some kind of a polytechniq or technical university.

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no military? why?

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So here’s old  Temple de Ehecatl Quetzalcoatl…they are still excavating it.

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quite a large footprint.

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And in the far horizon, you can see the church where the Lady of Guadeloupe was first seen..

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The church looks right blocky..

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Bit mis-shapen I thought till the guide explained that this was because of the frequent earthquakes..

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a facade..unfortunately couldnt see properly…

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The steeple survived all those earthquakes, eh? fascinating…Ive seen minarets in Istanbul and Cairo like this with different shapes, starts with a square base then octagonal then pentagonal and then a dome.. The other steeple was half done…ran out of money.

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some restoration work being carried out, seriously weird and amateurish

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I wasnt sure what this was..

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various stairs to various levels of the temple.

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Some interesting structures…this looked like as if it was a door of some kind

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then these little plaques with what looks like glyphs of sunsigns, eh?

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pretty much the only major thing found on this temple.

We finish and go back

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the students started to arrive at the poly.

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more revolution…apparently some decades back, many students were killed here in police firing…hallowed grounds.

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do you know who this is and why is he being banned?

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a strange sculpture..

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and then in the van seeing a city bus on the side…

on to the cathedral…

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