Ok Yall, its been a while and Haley and I have been doing some traveling since I last wrote. This post is not really going to follow us chronologically over the past week, but really just the order in which I posted these pictures. Last time I wrote, we had visited the Templo Mayor and returned to Tula. We hung around the city for a bit and had the necessary meetings and hand shakes with a variety of people, but it actually took us about another week to get out into the field. Today was our first real day doing any work, and after a great meeting with the land owners, we set up some collection grids and began exploring the archaeological site. Just check out the picture below, sunset at Tepeji is just about the most amazing thing I’ve seen. Well, the sunset at Natchez over the Mississippi is also pretty damn awesome.
The panorama above really could have been great – it was getting so dark in front of us as the sun was setting, but behind us, it was still daytime. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll have at least a few more long days at Tesoro before I’m done.
This past weekend, Haley and I went to go visit Guanajuato, which is an old silver mining town about 3 hours from Tula. This place is amazing!! They’ve claimed themselves as the Don Quijote capital of North America, and they really did have some amazing statues of DQ. It was really nice getting out of sleepy old Tula. Guanajuato has a great art academy and is full of young people. The streets are incredibly tiny and they wind around in the most confusing ways possible. We drove there from Tula and once I got into the city, I was promptly just about as lost as I’ve ever been. I’ve driven in Mexico City, and I wouldnt bother with Guanajuato. Overall, I loved the city, we visited some great bars, met some cool folks, and I definitely got to know Central Mexico a little bit better. I also shouldn’t forget the relevance of the city to Mexico’s independence – they have a great statue of El Pipila, who was a revolutionary fighter during Mexico’s war for independence from Spain.
Ok. So I went to Teotihuacan. I am so blown away by this site! I’m willing to explain myself at another time, but compared to all the other Maya sites I’ve seen, Teotihuacan seemed almost industrial in scale. So many of the buildings seemed exactly the same, they were almost clones of each other (of course, the site has been reconstructed in modern times). To me, the site almost seemed mechanical compared to the organic chaos of the Maya sites. But this is all based on one days impressions, so don’t take my word for it. All that aside, the Pyramid of the Sun is pretty much a man-made mountain, we could see it from the road when we were miles away still. Knowing what I know, whatever training I’ve had, and I’m at a loss – how on earth did they make such an amazing monument!!
Anyways, I have much more to say about our travels, but I cant write more now. I hope ya’ll out in the States are doing well, stay in touch, and I see ya’ll soon!