77highway.typepad.com > Mexico (Feb 2003)

Places and activities covered in this album: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Earthwatch fossil hunt in Tecolotlan. (More photo albums can be found here.)

Teotihuacan (Dsc00957enh)

Teotihuacan (Dsc00957enh)

The view from the Pyramid of the Sun looking towards the Pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is 700ft across at the base and 200ft high. Dates from 600AD.


Teotihuacan (Dsc00963enh)

Teotihuacan (Dsc00963enh)

Stairs at the Pyramid of the Sun.


Oaxacan Chicken Mole (Dsc00970)

Oaxacan Chicken Mole (Dsc00970)

What distinguishes the Chicken Mole from other chicken recipes is the chocolate-based sauce. There are many different regional variations of chicken mole; this one's from the state of Oaxaca. The sauce tasted sweet-bitter-spicy... and chocolatey.


Teotihuacan (Dsc00977enh)

Teotihuacan (Dsc00977enh)

Jaguar heads


Palacio De Bellas Artes, Mexico City (Dsc01027enh)

Palacio De Bellas Artes, Mexico City (Dsc01027enh)

It's a beautiful building with an art deco interior. The swanky loos have foot-operated flush mechanisms.


Mexico City Cathedral (Dsc01036enh)

Mexico City Cathedral (Dsc01036enh)

The cathedral's situated in the Zocalo. There always seems to be a demonstration happening here. Armed police and riot squads stand guard in plain sight at the main square.


Spices at Oaxaca Street Market (Dsc01245enh)

Spices at Oaxaca Street Market (Dsc01245enh)


Fossil hunting gear (Dsc00843)

Fossil hunting gear (Dsc00843)

Typical gear used while fossil-hunting near Tecolotlan: pickaxes, masons trowels and ice picks (for chipping rocks and soil away from fossils); brush; plastic bags (for containing small fragments); plaster of paris (for preserving larger fragments before sending them to a laboratory); toilet paper (for ensuring the plaster does not stick to the plaster, damp toilet paper is first wrapped round the fossil before plastering).


Perfumery (Dsc01033)

Perfumery (Dsc01033)

A perfumery (Mexico City) – name your perfume and they’ll create it for you from scratch using the phials of oils and essences. Attention IP lawyers…


Shawls (Dsc01115)

Shawls (Dsc01115)

Shawls typical of the Oaxaca area coloured with natural dyes from sources such as cochineal (magenta, obtained from an insect), rock moss (bright yellow), leaves (green), seed husks (black) and sea snails (purple).


Oaxaca street (Dsc01223)

Oaxaca street (Dsc01223)

A street in Oaxaca leading toward the zocalo (central plaza).


Sacred Calendar of the Mayans (Dsc01261)

Sacred Calendar of the Mayans (Dsc01261)

Sacred Calendar of the Mayans (National Anthropological Museum, Mexico City) – this stone artifact, 12 feet in diameter, dates from 15th Century.