With a visit to some of Mexico’s most famous (and the world’s third largest) pyramids, Teotihuacan today and the National Museum of Anthropology yesterday, I am feeling like a small rock in a sea of many. Viewing the remains and artifacts of thousands of years of history (that’s three ofs) has me feeling both small and incredibly connected to the web of humans who’ve gone before. Whether marvelling at how the Teotihuacan people moved over 1 million tons of rock without mechanical assistance or wheel or the created murals that would withstand 1200 years of weathering or feeling as though my heart would somehow burst through my chest in climbing the steep steps while not being yet acclimatized, I am moved in every step I take. My mind works hard to imagine life here in 750 AD and it stretches with every new piece of information and experience.
Climbing the Sun Pyramid (pictured above) was great training for Orizaba though not terribly pleasant. We’re still in the phase of acclimatization that slight exertion brings breathlessness to the fore and a whirlwind of physical sensations descends as a result. I’ve done this process enough to trust that it gets better each day. I’d hate to have to throw on a big pack and walk uphill yet. Hopefully, when the time does come, my body will have caught up with the demands.
I’d like to say a special hello to the Grade Four Classes at Bishop Abraham School in St. John’s. They are Explorers in Training and following along on this expedition from Sea to Summit. We’ve been enjoying learning about and tasting Mexican food. Tonight we had Prickly Pear Cactus pads and last night we sampled what are supposedly Mexico City’s best tacos. We’ve also had guacamole, enchiladas, huevos Mexicana, and churros (perhaps the Explorers in Training can research what all these foods are and post a comment for all to see).
Tomorrow we’ll say good bye to the Red Tree House and fly to La Paz, Mexico to meet our expedition team for the sea kayaking portion of the trip. We’ll be sad to leave as we’ve only scratched the surface of Mexico City.
Below is a picture of Marian with our new room mates 🙂 We’ve seen over a hundred skeletons since arriving here and it’s not even Halloween yet…so we thought we’d invite these fine ones home for a visit.