Day 8

Posted on June 13, 2011

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Probably one of the busiest days yet. Today we visited the pyramids and Basilica de Guadalupe. Truly two amazing things in themselves.

We also got to see the Center of Three Cultures

Memorial monument for those massacred at a protest against the government. Not everyone is on there, because many were taken, and no one knows who they are or where they are. My professor was one of the students there

A kid was doing Free Hugs Day, so OF COURSE I hugged him!

On the way to the pyramids, we stopped to see a demonstration of the many uses for an agave plant. Turns out, there are many which include:
A drink (non alcoholic)
Alcohol
Paper
Fiber for clothes/stitching
Needle for sewing or surgery
That is some pretty serious multitasking for just one plant. They gave us some free tequila, a perfect plot to get people loose enough to buy some products (which were really expensive).

The pyramids were great, we climbed the Sun Pyramid, where they sacrificed babies back in the day. Well, I climbed halfway and got scared, because I hate heights, but this is far better than the Mayan Ruins, where I barely got ten feet up and wanted to cry. My history teacher says that there are over 500 pyramids at the site. It is truly amazing.

I got halfway up!

Aztec dye: Yellow is made from sprigs and red is made from the parasitic eggs on the cactus. The red is so potent, it can still be seen on parts of the Aztec temples

Last stop of the day was the Basilica de Guadalupe. Story has it that shortly after the arrival of Cortés, a native was encountered by the Virgin Mary who told him to tell the bishop to build him a church. The Bishop, of course did not believe him and demanded he bring back proof, so the native goes back to Mary and tells her what the Bishop said, and suggests she find someone more important to do it. Mary tells the man to go find some roses and bring them to the bishop, but to keep them covered so no one will ever see it. The man covers them in his cloth and when he gets to the bishop, the image of Mary is printed on the cloth, which exists today, and we saw it. There have been seven churches built for this cloth, and people come from everywhere to see it. You get chills visiting that place, other people will say that this is of course is nothing but a mere legend created by the church so that the natives would convert, but since I don’t really know if it is true or not, just decide for yourselves.

The real deal?

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