25.05.2008 - 25.05.2008 29 °C
The Anthropological Museum is huge. The breadth of the content is overwhelming, making it nearly impossible to take away any kind of historical context, but the artifacts in the collection -- the Aztec 'calendar,' a Mayan tomb, giant stone Olmec heads, etc. -- leave enough of an impression to make the experience worthwhile. Rules about photography limited what I could do on the inside, but there was plenty going on outside:
Some native dancers perform.
Some much braver native dancers, tied by their legs to the top of the pole, perform an acrobatic ritual.
There are vendors everywhere; this little girl scored some helado -- ice cream.
After about 7 hours on my feet, walking to the park, walking around the park, browsing the museums, I stumbled home, and caught the Sunday afternoon dinner rush. At a fonda in the Mercado Medellín, some enchiladas verdes:
Tonight, walking home from a late stop for birría in my neighborhood, a car pulled up next to me, the window came down, and a request was made for directions to a spot in Colonia Condesa. It would be impolite of me to just tell them I'm not from here and don't know, so I tried. Returning home and checking the map, it turns out I was right, but the map can't guarantee that my explanation made any sense.
Tomorrow, the Zócalo, the historical heart of the city.