Scenes from the world before…part 11

Oki, Shikoku, Japan, 2017 Saijō City, Shikoku,Japan, 2017 Varanasi, India, 2011 On the ghats of Varanasi, India, 2011 Wedding procession, New Delhi, India, 2011 Wedding procession, New Delhi, India, 2011 Black Valley on the Kerry Way, Ireland, 2016 On the Avondhu Way near Killavullen, Ireland, 2016

Scenes from the world before…part five

Ronda, Spain, 2019 Day of the Dead, Mexico City, 2018 Mumbai, India, 2011 Liquor store, Kerala, India, 2011 On the Via Francigena, France, 2019 On the Via Francigena, France, 2019 Golden Temple Gurdwara, Amritsar, India, 2011 Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 2011

CDMX: A Zócalo Walkabout

Standing here, in the Zócalo, the heart of Mexico City, I can see the city’s entire cultural history laid out. Layers of history spanning thousands of years. I can see it and I can touch it, all from this vantage point. Physically, the Zócalo itself is nothing more than a large central plaza, a stone-paved... Continue Reading →

CDMX: Night of the Dead

One of Mexico City’s sixteen boroughs, Xochimilco is, in some respects, the heart of the city. The vast lake that once covered the Valley of Mexico—including the entire site of today’s Mexico City—was tamed 1,000 years ago with a network of canals defined by artificial islands, called chinampas. Canals were once the main mode of... Continue Reading →

CDMX: Marigolds for the Dead

November 1. Day of the Dead in Mexico City. We are in Mercado Jamaica, in the Venustiano Carranza neighbourhood, about 5 kilometres southeast of our hotel. It is here, in this bustling flower and food market, that families come to buy marigolds with the hope that their vivid colour and floral scent will guide their... Continue Reading →

CDMX: Arrival

It hits us as soon as we leave the hotel. The blur of senses. Cars and trucks merge with walkers in a dangerous dance as we make our way east on Avenida Indepencia. Crowded sidewalks, shared with vendors under makeshift poly sheds, ply belts and plastic gizmos. A chef, high on a step ladder, slices... Continue Reading →

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