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Mexico City - Basilica of Guadelupe

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Our Lady of Guadelupe inside the Basilica

Our Lady of Guadelupe inside the Basilica

Juan Diego unfolds his tilma before the Bishop, the roses he carrys fall out, an image the Lady of Guadalupe appears and the bishop kneels

Juan Diego unfolds his tilma before the Bishop, the roses he carrys fall out, an image the Lady of Guadalupe appears and the bishop kneels

Lalo expaining that the little rocks in the mortar indicate restoration

Lalo expaining that the little rocks in the mortar indicate restoration

Basilica of Guadelupe with life size Nativity scene

Basilica of Guadelupe with life size Nativity scene

Pope John Paul II and Ricardo (bandana)

Pope John Paul II and Ricardo (bandana)

Andy and Ricardo make ther way towards the Carillon

Andy and Ricardo make ther way towards the Carillon

The Carillon

The Carillon

The old Basilica (which is sinking)

The old Basilica (which is sinking)

Another statue of Juan Diego, the Bishop and the apparition

Another statue of Juan Diego, the Bishop and the apparition

Templo del Pocito

Templo del Pocito

Outside of Mexico City - Ancient city of Teotihuacan

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Tara makes friends with some Mexican hairless dogs

Tara makes friends with some Mexican hairless dogs

Obsidian mask with gem stones

Obsidian mask with gem stones

Rich, still alive, stands on the Avenue of the Dead

Rich, still alive, stands on the Avenue of the Dead

Joe (brown shirt) swims upstream past Joe (orange shirt) in Palace of Quetzalpapalatl

Joe (brown shirt) swims upstream past Joe (orange shirt) in Palace of Quetzalpapalatl

Christina (pink pack) sees some good photos while Lalo explains the Palace of Quetzalpapalatl to the Cabrillo students

Christina (pink pack) sees some good photos while Lalo explains the Palace of Quetzalpapalatl to the Cabrillo students

Chelsea, Sarah and the Sun Pyramid

Chelsea, Sarah and the Sun Pyramid

View from top of the Moon Pyramid

View from top of the Moon Pyramid

View of the Sun Pyramid and Avenue of the Dead from the Moon Pyramid

View of the Sun Pyramid and Avenue of the Dead from the Moon Pyramid

Rich on the Sun Pyramid with the Moon Pyramid in the background

Rich on the Sun Pyramid with the Moon Pyramid in the background

Tara steps down the Sun Pyramid very carefully

Tara steps down the Sun Pyramid very carefully

Mexico City - Frida Kahlo - Casa Azul

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Christina begins to read

Christina begins to read

Frida postcards

Frida postcards

Christina and Tara

Christina and Tara

Frida postcards

Frida postcards

Christina and Rich

Christina and Rich

Mexico City

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Palacio de Bellas Artes from above

Palacio de Bellas Artes from above

House of Tiles

House of Tiles

Christina, Rich and Tara at the Palacio de Bellas Artes.  (Rich, you can open your eyes now ...)

Christina, Rich and Tara at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. (Rich, you can open your eyes now ...)

Folklorico Ballet

Folklorico Ballet

Diego Rivera painting (was married to Frida Kahlo)

Diego Rivera painting (was married to Frida Kahlo)

Cinco de Mayo Street

Cinco de Mayo Street

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Cathedral

Palace Statues

Palace Statues

Cathedral

Cathedral

Spanish Institute of Merida

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Felix and Christian announce weekend trip to Celestun and Chichen Itza

Felix and Christian announce weekend trip to Celestun and Chichen Itza

Llimeme talks to Eva

Llimeme talks to Eva

Jenny

Jenny

Group backrubs

Group backrubs

Tara and Joe

Tara and Joe

Diana I and Bob

Diana I and Bob

Christina

Christina

Joe and Andy before break

Joe and Andy before break

Joe and Andy after break

Joe and Andy after break

Hanging out before class starts

Hanging out before class starts

Batteries getting recharged

Batteries getting recharged

Bob asks Dr. Dawn a question

Bob asks Dr. Dawn a question

Diana II, Kathy, Jim and Neal

Diana II, Kathy, Jim and Neal

Rochelle is very happy to be back

Rochelle is very happy to be back

Diana I and Tara buscan the next 30 pointer

Diana I and Tara buscan the next 30 pointer

Profa Telma and her level III class: Tara, Rich, Ali, Bob, Andy, Ted, Lauren

Profa Telma and her level III class: Tara, Rich, Ali, Bob, Andy, Ted, Lauren

Profa Telma and Rich

Profa Telma and Rich

Joe II and Andy exchange telepathic messages (claro, en español)

Joe II and Andy exchange telepathic messages (claro, en español)

Fresh bananas

Fresh bananas

Another day, another almuerzo

Another day, another almuerzo

Spanish I class

Spanish I class

Spanish II class

Spanish II class

Spanish III class

Spanish III class

Spanish VI class

Spanish VI class

Spanish V class

Spanish V class

Celestun

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Celestun is west of Merida on the coast

Celestun is west of Merida on the coast

The road west passes through several Mayan villages

The road west passes through several Mayan villages

Some boats outside the Celestun visitor center

Some boats outside the Celestun visitor center

Our class does the northern loop

Our class does the northern loop

Andy, una niña, and Felix - they are prepared now for bugs and sun

Andy, una niña, and Felix - they are prepared now for bugs and sun

Our boat leaves the dock

Our boat leaves the dock

Andy II?, Ted, Tara, el capitán, Rich, Jenny

Andy II?, Ted, Tara, el capitán, Rich, Jenny

Pirates?, no, one of ours ... Ricardo, Bob and Eva and others

Pirates?, no, one of ours ... Ricardo, Bob and Eva and others

Joe keeps forward watch for pirates

Joe keeps forward watch for pirates

Canadian birds wintering here

Canadian birds wintering here

The trees are full of large birds

The trees are full of large birds

Flamingos, lots of them, off in the distance

Flamingos, lots of them, off in the distance

Approaching flamingos, Tara moves in for better shot

Approaching flamingos, Tara moves in for better shot

We are not alone

We are not alone

Flamingos

Flamingos

Water looks like soup here ... very shallow too

Water looks like soup here ... very shallow too

More flamingos

More flamingos

Surprise entrance into jungle while heading back

Surprise entrance into jungle while heading back

Rich in the jungle

Rich in the jungle

Mangroves

Mangroves

Termite mounds in the trees

Termite mounds in the trees

We are in good hands

We are in good hands

Where in the heck are we going?

Where in the heck are we going?

The boat docks, and we walk a winding wooden dock into a freshwater spring in the jungle

The boat docks, and we walk a winding wooden dock into a freshwater spring in the jungle

This is where we swim for awhile - very refreshing!

This is where we swim for awhile - very refreshing!

Class hits the main beach at Celestun, Christina (pink) listens attentively to our guide, Rochelle (yellow) sees the water

Class hits the main beach at Celestun, Christina (pink) listens attentively to our guide, Rochelle (yellow) sees the water

Tara collects shells

Tara collects shells

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico

Rich is always calling home to talk to his esposita

Rich is always calling home to talk to his esposita

Dentist?

Dentist?

Need a taxi?

Need a taxi?

Niños

Niños

Frida

Frida

A street in Celestun

A street in Celestun

Inside the town church a children's class is in session

Inside the town church a children's class is in session

Home Sweet Home - La mejor Mamá y mejor hogar en Mérida

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Finu, Eva and Tara. 'Finu' is short for Josefina.  Finu and Eva try some of my very strong coffee made using the French Press.  I brought fresh coffee for Finu and planned to get a Melitta in Mérida.  Finu and I searched countless stores with no luck. I don't think there is a Melitta anywhere is Mexico.  Elizabeth saves the day by shipping one from home that arrives on the last day!

Finu, Eva and Tara. 'Finu' is short for Josefina. Finu and Eva try some of my very strong coffee made using the French Press. I brought fresh coffee for Finu and planned to get a Melitta in Mérida. Finu and I searched countless stores with no luck. I don't think there is a Melitta anywhere is Mexico. Elizabeth saves the day by shipping one from home that arrives on the last day!

¡Muy elegante! ... Finu is taking her two niños out to her favorite Cuban club

¡Muy elegante! ... Finu is taking her two niños out to her favorite Cuban club

Tara esta pensando BAÑO, Pepe esta pensando CONTENTO

Tara esta pensando BAÑO, Pepe esta pensando CONTENTO

Rich, Finu and Tara at the Cuban club well after midnight in Mérida, listening to live Cuban music. Finu is well known here and the owners come by the table to say hola.  The gringos are sleepy after midnight but it is still very early for Finu!

Rich, Finu and Tara at the Cuban club well after midnight in Mérida, listening to live Cuban music. Finu is well known here and the owners come by the table to say hola. The gringos are sleepy after midnight but it is still very early for Finu!

My room in Mérida

My room in Mérida

Finu and Tara

Finu and Tara

Do I hear the water truck? ... Let me at him!

Do I hear the water truck? ... Let me at him!

A Pepe le gusta dormir sobre mi equipaje. ¡Pepe, no hagas pipi allí!

A Pepe le gusta dormir sobre mi equipaje. ¡Pepe, no hagas pipi allí!

Perfect for morning Yoga stretches

Perfect for morning Yoga stretches

Don't forget me

Don't forget me

Tara waiting for the good ole 52 Norte bus.  Frequent, fast, and bumpy on week days ... but it goes really S-L-O-W on Sundays!

Tara waiting for the good ole 52 Norte bus. Frequent, fast, and bumpy on week days ... but it goes really S-L-O-W on Sundays!

Rich and Finu at Trotters.

Rich and Finu at Trotters.

Finu 'Jr' y Tara, las mujeres guapas, en Trotters.

Finu 'Jr' y Tara, las mujeres guapas, en Trotters.

Wait, I thought that was my brownie!

Wait, I thought that was my brownie!

Angela y su sonrisa

Angela y su sonrisa

Just a simple memory upgrade, won't take more than 10 minutes, naw, I can do it in 5 ...

Just a simple memory upgrade, won't take more than 10 minutes, naw, I can do it in 5 ...

Upgrade 256 MB to 512 MB ... piece of cake.  I get up really early in the morning so it will be all done before anyone else wakes up.

Upgrade 256 MB to 512 MB ... piece of cake. I get up really early in the morning so it will be all done before anyone else wakes up.

The swap goes very smoothly.  Lets test it now ... Hmmm, after installing the new RAM, this baby is not powering on ?????????

The swap goes very smoothly. Lets test it now ... Hmmm, after installing the new RAM, this baby is not powering on ?????????

After a whole day of running around town with Finu, missing school, second guessing, clues about past problems from Finu 'Jr', troubleshooting, borrowing tools, tipping techs, finding a new power supply, ...

After a whole day of running around town with Finu, missing school, second guessing, clues about past problems from Finu 'Jr', troubleshooting, borrowing tools, tipping techs, finding a new power supply, ...

... the computer is finally back in action and better than ever ... and most important, Finu 'Jr's artwork is still safe and sound (wheww!)

... the computer is finally back in action and better than ever ... and most important, Finu 'Jr's artwork is still safe and sound (wheww!)

Around Mérida

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Joe and Rich

Joe and Rich

Jenny and Tara

Jenny and Tara

Best phone booth and bathroom in Mérida ... at the Hyatt.  Here is the place I try and call Elizabeth each day during lunchtime.

Best phone booth and bathroom in Mérida ... at the Hyatt. Here is the place I try and call Elizabeth each day during lunchtime.

My favorite sidewalk on the walk into school everyday

My favorite sidewalk on the walk into school everyday

Mi puerta favorita

Mi puerta favorita

Andy has a lot of work to do around this town

Andy has a lot of work to do around this town

Rich and his week 2 guide, Gabriel

Rich and his week 2 guide, Gabriel

Dante Bookstore

Dante Bookstore

Mérida at night

Mérida at night

More nightlife on the weekends as the streets are closed to cars

More nightlife on the weekends as the streets are closed to cars

Chichen Itza

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Chichen Itza is east of Mérida

Chichen Itza is east of Mérida

Rich at Castillo de Chichen Itza, the 8th Wonder of the World

Rich at Castillo de Chichen Itza, the 8th Wonder of the World

'Basketball' court - teams were motivated not to lose

'Basketball' court - teams were motivated not to lose

Wall of skulls

Wall of skulls

Another view of Castillo

Another view of Castillo

Carved out heart goes here for sacrifice

Carved out heart goes here for sacrifice

Chichen Itza is here

Chichen Itza is here

Any lead in that paint?

Any lead in that paint?

Masks

Masks

Iguana

Iguana

Cenote

Cenote

Warrior Temple ruins

Warrior Temple ruins

Joe strolls past Warrior Temple

Joe strolls past Warrior Temple

Another view

Another view

Warrior Temple

Warrior Temple

Columns

Columns

Arches

Arches

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe

Joe and Tara

Joe and Tara

Blue sky

Blue sky

Columns and sky

Columns and sky

Rich in a really really old baño

Rich in a really really old baño

Mud wall of building

Mud wall of building

Very dangerous beyond this sign (hidden vertical cliff drops down to a cenote) Tara heads out to investigate

Very dangerous beyond this sign (hidden vertical cliff drops down to a cenote) Tara heads out to investigate

Jail

Jail

Tara at the Observatory

Tara at the Observatory

Joe and Jim head up the Observatory steps

Joe and Jim head up the Observatory steps

Rich at the Observatory (Dad would have really liked this place!)

Rich at the Observatory (Dad would have really liked this place!)

Some very old steps

Some very old steps

Swimming in a cenote

Swimming in a cenote

Tulum and Playa del Carmin

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Felix gets the best deal at Hertz.  First car has no brakelights, second car also has something broken, but the third car they give us is just right

Felix gets the best deal at Hertz. First car has no brakelights, second car also has something broken, but the third car they give us is just right

Rochelle puts on her disgusted face

Rochelle puts on her disgusted face

Christina puts on her disgusted face

Christina puts on her disgusted face

Tara tries to put on her disgusted face but can't help smiling

Tara tries to put on her disgusted face but can't help smiling

Joe at the wheel, we head east at last!

Joe at the wheel, we head east at last!

Christina, Andy, Joe, Tara, Rochelle and Felix in the cabana at Tulum

Christina, Andy, Joe, Tara, Rochelle and Felix in the cabana at Tulum

Tara, Felix, Christina, Andy, Joe, Rich and Rochelle at the El Pequeño Buenos Aires Parrailla Argentina restaurant in Tulum

Tara, Felix, Christina, Andy, Joe, Rich and Rochelle at the El Pequeño Buenos Aires Parrailla Argentina restaurant in Tulum

Tulum is on the east coast

Tulum is on the east coast

The beach behind the cabana

The beach behind the cabana

Joe, Christina and Felix at the Tulum ruins

Joe, Christina and Felix at the Tulum ruins

The castle overlooking the beach

The castle overlooking the beach

Ruins + warm blue water

Ruins + warm blue water

The Caribbean

The Caribbean

Rich in Tulum

Rich in Tulum

Felix and Christina in Tulum

Felix and Christina in Tulum

We head down for a swim

We head down for a swim

The water is perfect

The water is perfect

The castle on the hill

The castle on the hill

Warm water ...

Warm water ...

... and a sailboat

... and a sailboat

Joe, Felix, and Christina

Joe, Felix, and Christina

Joe, Rich and Felix

Joe, Rich and Felix

Christina and the Iguana

Christina and the Iguana

This picture of the cabana doesn't show the leak in the roof or the bedbugs!

This picture of the cabana doesn't show the leak in the roof or the bedbugs!

Felix and Rich head down to the visitor center at the Sian Ka'an bio-reserve.

Felix and Rich head down to the visitor center at the Sian Ka'an bio-reserve.

Nap time

Nap time

Rochelle and Tara at the Governor's table

Rochelle and Tara at the Governor's table

Rich enjoys his Mayan breakfast

Rich enjoys his Mayan breakfast

Very tasty

Very tasty

The room looks much better on the web than it really is!

The room looks much better on the web than it really is!

Playa del Carmin

Playa del Carmin

Felix and Tara hit the beach

Felix and Tara hit the beach

Joe and Andy running slow

Joe and Andy running slow

Christina and Rochelle

Christina and Rochelle

Bob and Jim appear

Bob and Jim appear

Class reunion

Class reunion

Fishing boats

Fishing boats

Very european ...

Very european ...

... and expensive too

... and expensive too

Nice beaches but lots of tourists

Nice beaches but lots of tourists

La boca cerada, no entran moscas

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¡Éxito!

¡Éxito!

¿Donde los estan?, Hay <strike>tres</strike> dos monedas de 10 centavos más para entcontrar

¿Donde los estan?, Hay tres dos monedas de 10 centavos más para entcontrar

We learn new words: Spanish ... my cats, my bunnies, and Mayan: chu chu, baboosh, and much more.  Why do you answer the phone with 'well' and stop at 'tall' signs in Mexico?

We learn new words: Spanish ... my cats, my bunnies, and Mayan: chu chu, baboosh, and much more. Why do you answer the phone with 'well' and stop at 'tall' signs in Mexico?

Little baby from the Three Kings cake ... now I must host the next fiesta!

Little baby from the Three Kings cake ... now I must host the next fiesta!

Tarea

Tarea

¡No me friegas!

¡No me friegas!

Twenty new words every day ... like floja, picadura, bicho,

Twenty new words every day ... like floja, picadura, bicho,

Folklorico, movies, Casa Azul, Leon's compound, Mau's card, art gallery, and the little bus receipts, archeology, student ID

Folklorico, movies, Casa Azul, Leon's compound, Mau's card, art gallery, and the little bus receipts, archeology, student ID

New letters in Spanish Scrabble.  No one but me has heard of the blank swap rule ... (Mom, I know you remember!)

New letters in Spanish Scrabble. No one but me has heard of the blank swap rule ... (Mom, I know you remember!)

Great advertising slogan

Great advertising slogan

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