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Santiago, Chile, December 18, 2017

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My first stop today was at the Canadian Embassy.  It's in the World Trade Centre, a skyscraper of steel and glass.  I was the first in line and after hearing about my options, decided that the temporary passport wouldn't work because it's only 4 pages and now I more or less have 4 pages left so my only option was to order a new passport, keep my old one until Buenos Aires where my new one will be waiting, then exchange old for new.  My only concern is that my Brazil and Paraguay visas as well as my Argentinian reciprocity fee/tax grab will still be good.  I found out on the Internet that Brazil should be okay but can't find anything about Paraguay.  Who has even heard about Paraguay I say?  I spent over $150 US getting that damn visa and we're only going to be there 5 days. The whole passport business is such a rip off.  We can get a 5 or 10 year passport with THE SAME NUMBER OF PAGES!!! And a lot of countries allow a person to have 2 passports - not us!  So, my ne…

Home Sweet Home, March 21 - 23, 2018

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My parents picked me up at the airport and after a stop at Costco, we were on our way to North Battleford.  Jane and Nico had appointments with their doctor so they were in town and met us at my place.  It seemed strange walking into my condo after almost 6 months away.  Paxton, the woman who has been renting from me appears to have taken excellent care so I'm happy about that.  You never really know.
After lunch, we visited and then my parents went home. They like to drive in the daylight and try to avoid rush hour in Saskatoon.  Jane, Nico and I headed out to their house where I spent 3 days.  The first day was beautiful so Nico and I built three snowmen-

Nico is a lot of fun, a great talker for a "just 2" year old and very affectionate!  I am lucky!
Day 2 we got a storm-

The wind was howling and the snow falling.  It was a good day to be inside.
Today was beautiful- well, for March in Saskatchewan: the sky is blue-

My lucky grandson's toy blew right off the deck in the …

Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City, March 20, 2018

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On my way to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, I passed the restaurant where I would eat lunch.  The worker was getting the 'el  pastor' ready to cook.  Pork is seasoned and put on a vertical spit while flames come out of the heater on the right to roast the meat-

I took the metro and some stations were packed.  I let a train leave without me because I didn't want to be a sardine and found the next train to be just as busy.  I got in anyway and at the next stop, they just pushed and pushed to get out.  It was like a mini stampede!  And, this was in an all women's car.  I wondered why they separated women and children from the men.  It was also funny because I was by far the tallest person in the train and all I could see was a sea of black heads.  
The Museo Nacional de Antropologia is gigantic and very well organized. There is always a travelling exhibition on and today it was about flowers and their importance in all parts of Mexican life.  
Xochicalca is from the Tem…

Mexico City, March 19, 2018

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I spent the morning working on yesterday's blog and then it disappeared so I decided to go for a walk and see some more sights.  A person could spend many days, months and probably years in this huge place and still not see everything.
My first stop was Iglesia Santo Domingo.  It's a baroque style church built in 1736.  It too is sinking as there are cracks in the big marble floor tiles-

The inside side altars are very ornate-

It looks like Jesus or somebody is peering down on all thee sinners.  There are collection boxes everywhere, especially along the pray rails.  These people who have miserable lives and have been brainwashed with guilt and thoughts that they aren't worthy think but if they pay, things just might improve.  WTF I say.  How does that even make sense?  It's kind of an oxymoron isn't it?  An all loving God wants you to pay so life gets better and the more you pay, well maybe, just maybe, things will get better.  But what if they don't?  Pay more? …