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Baltimore, Maryland


Remember the wonderful Aztec people we visited in the rainforest?……….. NO!

Well check out Mountain Top Rain Forest, Mexico with the Aztec People.

Turns out our favorite Modern Aztec Warrior lives in Baltimore now so we went off to visit him.

The Daring - Dashing Diego

We had a marvelous visit and so enjoyed Federal Hill Park

which provided the most magnificent views of the Inner Harbor.


There be Dragons Here!

We enjoyed some great seafood at some local restaurants

Oyster Stew and Maryland Crab Soup

Crab Imperial and Green Beans

We visited the Famous Cross Street Market and Enjoyed All the Wonderful Merchants


Cream of Crab Soup

But enough of this……….the Aztec Warrior takes us off to fare more of his liking………..

A Molcajete fiery hot from the oven filled with Cactus, Shrimp, Beef, Chorizo and Chicken in a rich, thick, spicy sauce!


and a visit with Diego would not be complete without him

playing the guitar and singing his most beautiful songs to us……

…..we also took the chance to celebrate Augustine’s Birthday!!!

The food was wonderful, the sights delightful, but most of all it was so, so very incredible to see our Diego……..

San Antonio Museum of Art – The Goddess and The King : Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Mexico City


We had the great pleasure of attending a lecture and reception at The San Antonio Museum of Art . http://www.samuseum.org/ Professor Leonardo Lopez Lujan, the archeologist in charge of the Templo Mayor dig in Mexico City, presented the latest findings and discoveries ………….. they are amazing! Professor Lujan has been the senior researcher in archeology at the Museo del Templo Mayor in Mexico City and the Director of the Proyecto Templo Mayor since 1991. He participated in his first archeological dig at the age of eight. The Proyecto Templo Mayor of the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia was created in 1978, when a monolith depicting Coyolxauhqui, the Aztec moon goddess was discovered as workers were digging a new subway line. Now, Professor Lujan’s team has discovered the largest Aztec sculpture ever found, that of the goddess Tlaltecuhtli.

aztec tomb picture

We arrived at the museum early to ensure a good seat, which, of course, meant a trip to the Cafe de Artistes for some wine………who would have guessed!!?!









The lecture was quite engaging and the new finds so very amazing.









Afterwards, we were able to visit with Dr. Lujan and discuss his exciting and interesting life.

 He is a most gracious and engaging individual.

To learn more about these wonderful digs, visit: www.mesoweb.com

The we were off to New Braunfels to eat some dinner at what once was the original post office and now houses a wonderful seafood restaurant.


Of course, more wine was in order, along with some yummy fried oysters and crayfish…most did not make it into the photo!









……and then the final course …… yummy fried soft shell crab. It was a most amazing day, filled with so many wonders.

Teotihuacan, Mexico


We have been visiting Teotihuacan for the past 35 years and never seem to get enough.

 It is such a magical and majestic place.

View from Pyramide de la luna.jpg
Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, just 30 miles northeast of Mexico City, containing some of the largest pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Teotihuacan was established around 100 B.C. and was in continual formation and growth until around 250 A.D. At its peak the population was estimated to be 125,000, placing it among the largest cities of the world in this period. The echos of those people can still be heard as one walks along the Avenue of the Dead.

Diego stops to play a traditional Aztec tune on a flute in the Avenue of the Dead.

We stopped climbing to the top of the pyramids about 20 years ago, but our young Aztec warrior makes it seems like it is running on the clouds.

The early history of Teotihuacan is very mysterious, and the origin of the founders quite unclear. For years the credit to its birth was given to the Toltecs due in large to colonial period texts, such as the Florentine Codes, which attributed the formation of the site to this group. Iinterestingly enough the Nahuatl word Toltec means craftsman of the highest level and therefore, does not directly indicate that this specific tribe was responsible for this grand city. Others have attributed the foundation of the city to the Teotihuacano civilization, which includes the Zapotec, Mixtec and Maya, the Olmec have also been noted to have influenced the culture and architecture. Whoever was responsible for the magical place must be pleased that their creation captures the imagination of millions.

Mountain Top Rainforest, Mexico – with the Aztec People


This is a real place inhabited by one of the ancient cultures of our planet. The Aztec. Sure, Cortez came with his great gift of smallpox and the grand civilization died off and the Catholic priests burned all of the written history of these great people; however, the descendents remain….living with continued dignity and harmony with the planet, high in the mountains hidden in the beautiful rain forest. Their culture, their language and most important, their spirit very much alive. We have the great fortune of knowing one of these families and being invited into the sacred forest with them to join in their everyday lives, feast times and to hear, listen with the heart and join in the spirit as they tell their stories. You see they speak Nauhtl (http://www.omniglot.com/writing/nahuatl.htm) , the native tongue…….not at all like Spanish. We are so lucky as to have been taught some phrases. It is such a beautiful language and interestingly enough I noticed that one must smile when speaking it. It is only the current generation living in these forests who also speak Spanish, so tightly do these beautiful people hold to their culture. In order to reach them one must travel some of the most treacherous roads I have ever seen, clinging to the side of the mountains. Of course, we could go on foot through the ancient trails……….but I am afraid of snakes and do not have the stamina of an Aztec runner……so it is to the small muddy trail I go.

Even with this the trip is a day long, in the back of a truck with chickens and small children. We have known Diego for several years and he has become part of our family so I feel very safe and secure……….that is until I glance to my right and see the clouds far, far, far below me. The rain falls constantly and the road is not wide enough for one vehicle….the soil primarily clay so we slide ever so precariously to the edge now and then. My heart beats rapidly as I fear that I may never see the village at the top and become another sacrifice pitched into the yearning mouth of the skies.

Along the way we find where someone has built a catchment of sorts for the water that continuously pours from the mountaintop.

We finally reach the end of the road and now must continue our travels on foot. Here where the road ends is a small cinderblock building that we are told is a school constructed by the Governor to teach the Nauhtl language and culture to ensure that it does not die….smart guy that one! We also find a hand crafted statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe; even here high above the clouds Catholicism has reached and become entwined with the ancient beliefs……although I doubt the Pope would recognize the full interpretation.

Finally we come to our destinationon. It is so beautiful and lush. Surrounding me are coffee plants, giant bamboo, banana trees, mango, papaya, oranges and many, many other plants that I do not know and their names are given to me in Nauhtl so I cannot even write or remember them. All I see is forest, thick, green, lush and the most incredible sound that we have forgotten exists……silence. silence so deep …… so broad… you can hear the droplets of rain on each leaf…and i promise you …. you can hear each leaf give thanks for the rain…..amazing..

I do not take many photos while we are here. I can tell it is not appreciated and I do not want to offend our most gracious hosts. I do snap a photo of the lady of the house in her kitchen. A kitchen constructed of the giant bamboo that grow here…. she is preparing some wonderful treat for us.

What a marvelous time we had. Their homes are not one building, but a separate building for each room: the kitchen (built far away from the others in case of a fire breaking out) the sleeping rooms, separate buildings and all built around a center plaza, if you will, each roof top draining into an above the ground cistern to catch rain water and wherever you turn, vegetables growing and flowers, flowers, flowers……..the trees covered in bromeliads………orchids….oh my this is such a paradise. The family was apologizing for being poor and I told them that I felt they were some of the richest people I had ever or would ever meet. As the sun set someone ran off to get the (“the” not “a”) lightbulb to put into a socket on the plaza. The Governor also made sure his people had electricity. I learned much had changed for them since the election of this Govenor…….you see he is Aztec too….or as they say he is indigenous not Spaniard. I wish I could meet him …. he impresses me at every turn.

The earth was so pure and perfect, the water so clean and pristine……wow…..guess I forgot what it was supposed to look like.

You often hear that the Aztecs were mystical and magical people……you know what… they still are. I would not trade my time with these people for anything and I hope to return someday. My only hope is that they and their culture will be able to survive so the we can return from time to time to remember who we should be.

This post is dedicated to Diego and his wonderful family, their culture, hospitality and oneness with our planet.