21 August 2014


Calixtlahua is a short drive from Mexico City (at least if you live on the west side of the city) very close to Toluca.  It's also a lovely drive, especially in the summer.  

As usual, I was able to get us very close to the site, but we had to ask for directions to the pyramid at the end. There have been very few sites here that we haven't needed Spanish to get to.  Google maps has managed to get us to a couple and two had really good signs.  

There are four different sections at this site and you'll do some climbing.  This is one of our favorites.

20 August 2014

Museo de Arte Popular

So I have a thing about the Museo de Arte Popular and I went back again with my middle son who really liked it too.  (This is why I go places with him.  He also likes tortas, which is good, but sometimes I would like to eat some different street food.)

When I went last time, it was near closing time so we didn't have too much time, but last week we could take as long as we liked.

19 August 2014

Zocalo Metro Station

Coyoacan, Again

I went back out to Coyoacan last week to stop at a couple of Asian stores, visit the museums we missed when the traffic was horrible the week before, and to wander around some more.  I took the metro this time, obviously, and it was a great trip.

The Asian market on Av Division del Norte just south of the Circuito Interior was far better than the other one on Av Miguel Angel de Quevedo. I would love to have an Asian grocery store like this in Guadalajara, and it would be even better if I didn't have to drive or take a taxi to it.  I am not looking forward to dealing with no public transportation in Guadalajara again.

Anyway, that market had an amazing selection.  I got almost a kilo of black mustard seeds for just over $2.  I hadn't even been able to find them in Guadalajara.  They also had my favorite black rice vinegar that I haven't seen in Guadalaraja.  In addition to the better selection, it was cheaper than the other store.  It's very close to the Eje Central stop on the golden line (the part of the golden line that's still open).

I stopped at the Leon Trotsky museum.  Loved it. And the Culturas Populares Museum.  It was small, but I liked it too.

18 August 2014

Templo Mayor

We've been at the Templo Mayor site a few times before, but always when it was closed.  But we finally made it there during the day.  My pyramid-loving son thought it was great.

Also, if you go there, make sure to check out the Metro stop next to the Cathedral.  That's where we saw the model of the site.

Homeschooling 2014

So another year of school is coming up.  My youngest will happily go to first grade at the same school he did last year.  The oldest will continue his online high school for 10th grade.  He got a bit behind last year with a late start because of our move to Mexico and not much motivation, but we have a much better incentive plan in place this year to help him finish 9th grade and get 10th grade done by next June. And he's willing to let me help this year, so things should go better.  He'll also go guitar, programming, something for PE, and design/building class.

Middle son is starting high school this year, but he's not doing the same online program.  I think it's a better fit for my oldest son, but I haven't liked the loss of flexibility with the full online program.  If you've never homeschooled, then an online high school can seem very flexible, but not if you've always homeschooled.  I just want more choices.

So he's trying a few classes from the new WTM Academy (chemistry, ancient literature, and rhetoric).  He'll probably do Derek Owen's online geometry course and he wants to do Mesoamerican history so we're working on that together (and I think it'll be fun, especially here). And he'll take Spanish, piano, design, and hockey.

A year at a time, like always.  This one will be much more intense than last year. No moving to interfere though!

One More Week

I have one week left in Mexico City and about a year's worth of things to do.

I'm going to try to take the boys out to Xochimilco one day, but I'm not sure it'll happen.
I'll go around the Zocalo two different days for more museums and a little shopping.
I still need to see the Frida Kahlo museum in Coyoacan and I want to stop at the Asian grocery again.
I could go to Chapultepec Park one day to see about 5 different museums.
It would be fun to go back out to San Angel.
And I'd love to see more churches.

17 August 2014


We had planned to see this site when we were here before, and were very close to it when we visited Acatitlan. but it didn't work out.  So we tried again.  We got there after it closed (there are actually two sites here that are very close to each other), but this is a good one to visit even when it's closed because you can't see much more from inside the fences and you can't climb on the big one.  So if you're trying to visit lots of pyramids in that 10-5 opening time, you don't have to worry about getting to this one on time.  Acatitlan is better to visit before closing since you can climb the pyramid.

I loved the snakes here.