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Journals from Spring Semester in Oaxaca, Mexico

2009-02-15 ¡Hola from México!

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View from the top of the Pyramid of the Moon looking down upon the Avenue of the Dead

We arrived in Oaxaca, Mexico around noon today after traveling for almost five hours in a bus. Our group left the States last Friday and we have since been traveling all over Mexico City, Puebla, Cholula, Coyocn and other cities and towns. Despite the pollution, Mexico City was my favorite because of the ruins and artifacts that we were able to see. We visited Templo Mayor, an Aztec temple that was built in the fourteenth century. The ruins were so amazing. Templo Mayor is literally in the middle of the city because the Spaniards built the city right on top of the ancient Aztec civilization. Another day we traveled out of Mexico City to Teotihuacan, a city that was destroyed in 700 A.D., and climbed the Pyramids and even saw a shower that was used by the nobles in the city. We also visited the National Museum of Anthropology to gain some background knowledge of civilizations and saw many artifacts of groups that have lived in Mexico and Central American such as the Mayans, Aztecs, Toltecs and Olmecs. After spending a few days in Mexico City, our group took a bus to Puebla. From Puebla, we took day trips to Cholula and walked through a tunnel in a pyramid that used to be even bigger than those in Egypt and Teotihuacan. We also visited one of the most beautiful and interesting churches I have even been to. We also visited Coyoacn where we had lunch at a tasty restaurant and walked though the Frida Kahlo Museum, which was also in the house that she and Diego Rivera lived in from 1929 to 1954. After staying for a few more days in Puebla, we finally left for Oaxaca this morning and met our host families! Im pretty excited for the next couple months because they all seem so nice and wonderful. Anyway, Ill keep this blog updated so check back! -Marina Cheatham

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