Tag archives for Mexico Trip

Pomoná: Solitude

I like going where nobody else goes. It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that I live next to about four million of them at home—so it’s nice to pull away from the crowds when I travel. Parts of Mexico are the most crowded places on Earth—and parts of Mexico are so empty…

Comalcalco: Cosmovision

12.19.19.2.11; 19 Pax 7 Chuen; 308 days left . . .  What works in the movies does not work in real life. Tom Hanks and Nicholas Cage make breaking into museums look remarkably easy—all you need is a good shadow to hide behind and a loyal geek friend who can remotely manipulate alarm systems from…

The Doomsday Prophecy

12.19.19.2.10; 18 Pax 6 Oc; 309 days left . . .  All good rumors start with a whisper of truth. Discovering that truth is the gift that travel brings, because nothing compares to gaining knowledge first hand, on site. So far, my journey through Mexico has taken me to the place where the Maya calendar…

Villahermosa Valentines

There is no such thing as a kissing bird. Although for a few seconds in the park at Villahermosa, I was convinced there just might be. Walking under the towering palm trees, I was surrounded by an outlandish chorus of tropical birdsong. Among the chirps and whistles and cackles and hoots, I heard the very…

Palenque: New Age

12.19.19.2.8; 16 Pax 4 Lamat Just like actual travel, online exploration can take you to some of the strangest corners of the internet. How is it that within two or three clicks of merely Googling the Mesoamerican ruins of Palenque, I am suddenly reading about extraterrestrial invasions? You know—those vicious aliens who infiltrated the Maya…

Izapa: A Point of View

12.19.19.2.5; 13 Pax 1 Chicchan; 314 days left If you want to crack a code, start with the letter “A”. Thus I began my investigation of the Mayan calendar by traveling back to the ancient site of Izapa—a place “where time began” (according to Dartmouth geographer Vincent H. Malmström). It might have taken me a…

Traveling to the End of the World

12.19.19.2.4 This is not my computer’s IP address. It is actually today’s date. Your phone might tell you that today is February 9th 2012. But it is also baktun twelve, katun nineteen, tun nineteen, uinal two and kin four . . . according to the Mayan long form calendar. Excuse me while I pull out…