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Mexico, you are so colorful!

By Maangchi

Since I came back from Mexico, the country has never left my mind.

I tried to eat, do, and see as much as I could in Mexico, but I only experienced a small fraction of what the country has to offer. I’ll definitely go back again. I’ve been traveling for many years, and Mexico is among the most fascinating and fun of the places that I’ve ever been to. The people are so friendly and the food is so delicious, it reminded me of another favorite country of mine, Thailand.

If I had to describe Mexico in one word, I’d have to say: colorful. The country is full of beautiful color. Yes, as Frida Kahlo, one of the most popular Mexican artists said: “What would my country be without color!” Vivid colors are everywhere in Mexico: clothes, art, food, pottery, market… check out the colorful stuff I brought from Mexico.

This blog post is the first of many that I’ll write about Mexico. I have hundreds of photos to choose from so I hope you’re in a Mexican mood! If not, you surely will be by the time I finish.

So first, let’s look at some places in Mexico and their color:

Amigos! I chose this cactus tree to take a photo together. Cactus! remember me! I wish you better health from NYC! : )

Awesome view! Let’s go to see the pyramids of Teotihuacan!

Did I go up to the top of this pyramid? Of course! I saw one lady coming down barefoot carrying her high heeled shoes. Barefoot must be better than wearing high heel shoes!

The recipe of the pyramids! : ) Hello, everybody! This pyramid is made with chunks of stones, rock, dirt, sand, and adobes. They are all non-spicy!  lol

The most famous painter in Mexico is Diego Rivera. He was also notorious for his rocky relationship with Frida Kahlo. He made her both happy and sad and then happy again.
His murals are all over Mexico City.

A woman grinding corn to make tortilla in a mural painted by Diego Rivera.

The mural showing preparation for a sacrifice during the Aztec era painted by Diego Rivera.

Diego painted this for Rockefeller Center in New York City, but Rockefeller didn’t like it and had it destroyed.
So he made it all over again in the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It’s really incredible when you see it large sized!

The Frida Kahlo museum in Mexico City is in her colorful former home.
Her kitchen is really awesome, but they wouldn’t let me take a photo there.

I didn’t know much about Frida. All I knew about her was she was a famous artist who has thick and connected eyebrows. : ) They don’t allow us to take photos of her artwork displayed inside the house. She went through physical and mental pain through all her life until she died at the age of 47!

Just outside of Frida’s bedroom. She spent a lot of painful times there. Can you see the mirror over the bed? Her mother installed it for her. Frida drew many of her self-portrait by looking in the mirror remaining in bed during her recovery from her surgery.

Great square area called the Zocalo or Constitution Square in Mexico city.

Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts).

Pulque bar! Busy all day, even on a weekday.

Mexico City: laundry is drying and also being used as a curtain. Good idea!

Row, row, row, your boat! Xochimilco canal tour. Riding the colorful gondola was very fun.

The bus known as a “chicken bus” lead me to Tlacolula Market in Oaxaca. More market photos will be posted in a later blog.

Cobblestone street in Oaxaca.

The Zocalo in Oaxaca. Oaxans must love balloons. There are so many balloon sellers and I saw many people buying them.

People play with their balloons until late night in the Zocalo – they launch them into the sky over and over with their friends and children.

Oaxca view from my hotel rooftop.

This is someone’s house. Unique murals look cool!

The beach in Purerto Escondido. Strong waves make this area famous for surfing but dangerous for swimming. But every evening, I played with the waves. When a wave comes, I jump, and usually laugh loudly. : ) “ah ha ha ha!” Fun, fun!

Hey the Sun! See you tomorrow morning!

One of the local boys said that famous surfers sometime die here while surfing. The boy said, “I got injured a few weeks ago while surfing, too. I had to get my 2 wisdom teeth extracted” I said, “You are not wise now because you lost your wisdom” : )

I want to go here again! Fishermen bring fresh fish every morning. I went there every morning to buy fresh fish while I was staying there. Some locals recognized me by the second day : )
I took this high class bus to go to Mexico city from the beach. I took it at 6:00 pm and arrived at about 6:00 am next morning. They gave us this free stuff: Samples of shampoo, soap, instant coffee, soda, a not delicious sandwich, pepto bismol! haha!

My favorite coffeeshop in Puerto Escondido! On the way back home from the fish market at the beach, I stopped by this coffeeshop. It was very tasty!

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