Home Sweet Home, March 21 - 23, 2018

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 of my place, 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 th…

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

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 and today it was about flowers and their importance in all parts of Mexican life.  
Xochicalca is from the Templo…

Mexico City, March 19, 2018

I spent the morning working on yesterday's blog and then it disappeared- again, so 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 prayer rails.  These people who have miserable lives and have been brainwashed with guilt and thoughts that they aren't worthy think 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 mo…

UNAM, Cuicuilco, Xochimilco, Bellas Artes, Ballet Focloric de Mexico, March 18, 2018

I just spent the last few hours working on yesterday's blog and it just disappeared - poof!  That doesn't happen often but it has happened a few times this trip.  It is so frustrating, especially when the Internet is slow and it seems to take forever to post pictures.  Oh well, here I go again!
I decided to book another tour today just for convenience's sake.  The metro and buses are excellent but they take a lot of time.  I was picked up at 8:30 sharp from my hotel but it took until 10 am and 3 van changes until the tour officially started.  I guess the problem was that I was the only client with the company I booked so they shuffled me over to a different company which unfortunately followed a different itinerary.  And as for complaining about George talking on and on yesterday, today's guide, David, was practically mute!  He did tell us a few interesting things though, such as the population of Mexico is 120 million and 24 million live in Mexico City.  35 million liv…