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Chalchiuhtlicue, Teotihuacán, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Ciudad de México, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, twelve

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

8 March 2012

The Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology) in Mexico City contains one of the finest and largest collections of ancient art, archaeological and anthropological artifacts from what is now present-day Mexico. Among the artifacts is this 1200- to 1700-year old stone statue representing the Aztec goddess of lakes and rivers. The associated caption in Spanish and English are:

Escultura monolítica que representa a la diosa Chalchiuhtlicue, consorte o análoga del dios Tláloc. Es la diosa de las aguas horizontales: lagos, lagunas, y ríos que recorren o se asientan en la tierra. Va ataviada con un tocado de banda doble, orejeras discoidales, collar, y pulsera. Viste un quechquémitl, falda, y sandallas. Se le asocia con la agricultura, las semeteras y la fertilidad.

Procede del frente de la Pirámide de la Luna, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacán. Época Clásica, 300-800 d.C.


(Translation via DeepL)

Monolithic sculpture representing Aztec goddess Chalchiuhtlicue (“she of the jade skirt”), consort or relative of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc. Chalchiuhtlicue is the goddess of horizontal waters: seas, lakes, lagoons, and rivers which run on or settle in the ground. She wears a headdress with a double band, disk-like earrings, necklace, and bracelet; a quechquĂ©mitl (shawl), skirt, and sandals. She is associated with agriculture, seedbeds, and fertility.

The sculpture was located at the front of the Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacán Archaeological Zone; dated to the period from 300 to 800 AD/CE.

The pre-colonial Teotihuacán site was built between 1st and 7th centuries AD/CE; for its vast cultural importance in Mesoamerica, the location was recognized in 1987 as UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Juan Teotihuacán is located about 50 km northeast from Mexico City.

I made the image above at Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Antropología on 8 Mar 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/25-sec, f/3.5, ISO800, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to EN and ND for making my visit to Mexico City possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lI4.

Berlin Bar and Bistro, San Miguel de Allende, Estado Libre y Soberano de Guanajuato, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, eleven

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

4 March 2012.

It’s hard to escape Berlin, even on the other side of the planet 9700 km away in México. Berlin Bar & Bistro is at Umarán 19 in the centre of San Miguel de Allende (SMA). Our brief 2-night stay in this beautiful México town ends with beers and cheers. And yeah, the daily specials on the chalk board are tempting: banana peppers stuffed with goat cheese and tomato sauce; mixed skewers with skirt steak, chicken, sweet pepper, and onion; chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, with mushroom sauce and rice. Prices listed are in Mexican pesos with conversion at that time about 12 MXN to 1 USD.

I made the image above on 4 Mar 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/25-sec, f/2.8, ISO800, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to EN and ND for making my visit possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lHO.

San Miguel de Allende, Estado Libre y Soberano de Guanajuato, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: RTW10, ten

10 years ago, I began an around-the-world (RTW) journey lasting 389 consecutive days, from 24 December 2011 to 15 January 2013 inclusive.

4 March 2012

In México’s San Miguel de Allende, natural light illuminates the street and brightly coloured buildings on Calle Cuna de Allende (intersecting with Cuadrante); the Casa Rosada hotel is just beyond the image frame at right. For its superb historic architectural style, the town was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. San Miguel de Allende is about 230 kilometres northwest from the national capital Ciudad de México (Mexico City).

I made the image above on 4 Mar 2012 with a Canon EOS450D (Rebel XSi) and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/8, ISO100, and 28mm focal length (45mm full-frame equivalent). My thanks to EN and ND for making my visit possible. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-lFr.

UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College JoĂŁo Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

11 December: International Mountain Day

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Mountains host about 50 percent of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following provides a glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.


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Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Más alto de la Baja en MĂ©xico

(Top of the Baja in México.)

It’s over a decade of past in the making …

I’m standing on the grounds of México’s Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (National Astronomical Observatory) in the Parque Nacional de Sierra San Pedro Mártir on the Baja California peninsula. The observatory stands on a mountain peak 2800 metres (9200 feet) in elevation. It’s my second visit to the observatory: all astronomical observatories have similar features and amenities, but every observatory has a distinct environment with a unique view.

The peak at centre is Picacho del Diablo which at 3100 metres (10200 feet) is the highest feature on the peninsula. The faint linear feature in the background to the left is the peninsula’s eastern coastline with the Gulf of California some 80 km (50 mi) in the distance.

And as for mountain observatories, I’ve been to a few

I made the photo above on 16 December 2005 with a Canon PowerShot A510. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-87H.

San Miguel de Allende, Estado Libre y Soberano de Guanajuato, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Ring around the flowers, SMA MĂ©xico

On our morning stroll to breakfast within San Miguel de Allende‘s “Centro”, this stand of large paper flowers for sale appeared at the (northwest) corner of Calle Canal and Calle del Dr. Ignacio Hernández Macías. It’s almost picture-perfect, but it’s no surprise I’m recalling a similar motif by renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson at a Japanese funeral in 1965.

In 2008, UNESCO recognized the town as World Heritage Site, which is about three to four hours (one-way) with bus or car from México City.

I made the photo with the Canon 450D and 18-55 IS kit-lens on 4 March 2012 during my year-long RTW. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8BG.

Mi CDMX: unos momentos en las calles

Mexico City: people and streets of interest

The following is a cross-section through the massive metropolis that is Mexico City. The city proper has population around 9 million, but the greater urban area has in excess of 20 million. An afternoon walk provides a tiny visual slice of all that makes up the city in her streets: her people and where they live, work, eat, play/pray, and love.

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Alhambra, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain, fotoeins.com

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Around the World

Since 1995, I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel: first as green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

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My Mexico City: hungry hunt for 4am tacos

Recently, I’ve been craving tacos.

Between June and September (2012), I’ve traveled through Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia. I’ve had the great privilege of eating inexpensive and out-of-this-world Asian food including Chinese (Cantonese), Himalayan, Indian, Nepalese, Thai, and Vietnamese. I continue to eat, and I still want more.

But occasionally, the memory of visiting friends in Ciudad de MĂ©xico (MĂ©xico City) surfaces, and I think of tacos.

I needs the tacos.

On my final night in the city, Eva and I are out at a concert, but we leave before the end of the gig for the promise of late-night tacos. We’re going to a taco-place she frequented in her youth as an out-late after-party place for food in the early-morning hours.

Just before 4am, we arrive at TaquerĂ­a Brasil Copacabana in Delegación (the borough of) Coyoacán.

There are some ten or so tables around, but there are only a couple of people eating when we enter.

Bright fluorescent lights illuminate the cafeteria-like restaurant with a familiar cold glare. Decades’ old tables and chairs are scattered throughout the place, sitting on tired scratchy linoleum floors. There are more staff than customers; a couple of staff with hairnets are lingering about in quiet but animated conversation.

It’s absolutely perfect: it’s exactly the kind of place I had hoped to visit, and one I know only the locals would go for their taco fix.

As Eva describes the “hole-in-the-wall”:

… The name “TaquerĂ­as Brasil Copacabana” comes from the original location in Villa Coapa (in the Federal District or state of Mexico City). The place used to be a double cinema called “Brasil” and “Copacabana”. The cinemas closed down, and a bunch of small taco stands (carts) began popping up in the evenings. Over time, the taco stands became popular. Eventually, someone bought the entire place, cleverly converted it all into a single taco eatery, and decided to keep the name.

Tacos al pastor has been described as the Mexican version of döner kebab, but with porky goodness. Tender seasoned melt-in-your-mouth pork is fried on a metal grill right in front of you, and the pork is served hot, enveloped lovingly within heated soft taco wraps. Bottles containing sauces of varying evil and spice await your taco devouring needs. Alternatively, I ask for “alambre de pastor” complete with grilled onions and peppers and a layer of melted cheese for that stick-in-your-stomach soak-up-the-beer goodness.

But I’m also here for tacos de lengua, or tacos with beef tongue. It’s not something many would entertain, but I know it’s commonly served here, and I’ve had beef tongue before. While tonight’s tacos de lengua is downright delicious, my preference of the three choices tonight would be the “simpler” tacos al pastor.

Tacos al pastor, Taquerías Copacabana, Coyoacán, México City

Eva orders “tacos al pastor”, and I get a wae bite …

Tacos de lengua, Taquerías Copacabana, Coyoacán, México City

I go with “tacos de lengua” …

Alambre de pastor con queso, Taquerías Copacabana, Coyoacán, México City

… followed by “alambre de pastor” with onions, peppers, cheese

When everyone in the room nods at my eating pleasure, I know I’ve done exactly the right thing. And I know I’ve done right by them, too. It’s a perfect way to end a fantastic week in México City with Eva and her family.

I made the photos above with a 4th-generation iPod Touch on 10 March 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2mW.

86 percent “round the world” for $315

OK, I admit it – the title to this post is a little misleading, because I’m referring to the distance I’ve traveled during the first five months of 2012, the distance equivalent to 86-percent of the way around the world.

But still, there’s a big chunk of miles around the planet for a small chunk of change.

But first, here’s a little background …

Over the last ten-plus years, I’ve flown a total of over one million miles with American Airlines and their Oneworld alliance partners. This means a few key things:

  • some “we love you” elite-status, which means faster check-in process, no “first checked-bag” fees, early boarding, and some use of the airport lounges,
  • faster accumulation of miles “earned” by flying,
  • and I’ve a chance to use these miles to see friends around North America in a short period of time without breaking the budget.

Using miles to fly within North America

I began the North America portion of my around-the-world (RTW) trip the first week of 2012. With over 300,000 frequent-flyer miles in store, I’ve traveled throughout the continent by redeeming miles (plus taxes) for the following flights.

North America flights, AAdvantage, frequent flyer miles

Date Destination Route Miles Traveled & Used Taxes & Fees ($ USD)
Jan 4 Vancouver, BC SFO-LAX-YVR 1-way 1418 | 25k 5.00
Jan 19 Honolulu, HI YVR-SEA-HNL return 5608 | 35k 66.00
Feb 21 Los Angeles, CA SEA-LAX 1-way 954 | 12.5k 2.60
Mar 2 MĂ©xico City LAX-MEX 1-way 1553 | 17.5k 24.90
Mar 10 San Jose, CA MEX-DFW-SJC 1-way 2374 | 35k 47.20
Mar 20 NW Arkansas SFO-DFW-XNA 1-way 1745 | 12.5k 5.00
Mar 26 Houston, TX XNA-DFW-IAH 1-way 505 | 25k 5.00
Apr 3 Toronto, ON IAH-DFW-YYZ 1-way 1424 | 12.5k 5.00
Apr 10 Minneapolis, MN YYZ-ORD-MSP 1-way 770 | 12.5k 61.26
Apr 17 Washington, DC MSP-ORD-DCA 1-way 946 | 25k 5.00
May 2 Nassau, Bahamas BWI-MIA-NAS 1-way 1130 | 17.5k 5.00
May 29 Vancouver, BC NAS-MIA-DFW-YVR 1-way 3058 | 30k 83.50
TOTALS routes map 21485 | 260k 315.46

Now, that was fun!

Note that the equivalent frequent flyer miles reimbursed amounted to a total of 260,000 miles. With plane tickets obtained by redeeming miles, the actual miles flown came to a total of just over 21,485 miles, which would be the equivalent of making my way 86-percent around the world (with the Earth’s circumference equal to about 24,900 miles).

All of the flights were intracontinental, but that was still a lot of miles flown in the first five months of 2012.

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. Full credits for the map are found here. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-1sP.

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