The Atrio Cross at Acolman

Today was the first day of my fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute run by Harvard University in Georgetown ‘dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.’ (I’m in the Pre-Columbian Studies group!) Spending my day with other fellows discussing our research topics has had me reminiscing intensely about…

Dispatch Oaxaca: Museo Textil de Oaxaca

I’m a huge fan of small museums. They tend to be more tightly focused and thematically coherent. I’m really detail oriented (well…particularly, when it comes to research or learning a new subject), so it’s satisfying to dig into a subject and feel like you’ve really grasped something substantial about it after a relatively short amount…

View from the Top

Mexico City is immense. In 2009, the estimated population of the city proper was close to 9 million people, with a land area of about 573 sq. mi. The greater Mexico City population numbers to a soaring 21.2 million people, making the city the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world….

Museo Experimental El Eco

Around 5pm I decided I needed a break from the computer, and I went outside for an evening stroll. I headed towards the Jardin del Arte, a peaceful and colorful park nearby in San Rafael. I decided to walk the perimeter of the park, having never done so, and I stumbled upon the Museo Experimental El…

The Murals at Ciudad Universitaria (UNAM)

In my last post, I described trying pastes (the empanada’s distant cousin) right by the metro stop Copilco by UNAM’s med school. After we listened to my friend Ximena give a fascinating talk on funerals, cremations, and funerary practices at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan (she’s a physical anthropologist), my friend Roberto and I headed off to see the…

Bienvenidos a México!

My first culinary adventure in Mexico – a paste, a delicious empanada-style pastry with English origins…