Hola! I'm in Mexico City for a couple of weeks, and deliberately taking a break from blogging, but I thought I'd post a few pictures from time to time for those of you who aren't connected with me via Facebook or Instagram. It's still "winter" here at this high altitude - some of the trees are bare, the spring trees and flowers are just starting to bloom, and the Mexicans look like they're freezing, and are wearing coats, scarves, boots and hats, while we are basking in the sunshine and warmth. The days begin cool - in the high 40s or low 50s, and then warm up to the mid-70s. Except for some pollution, always an issue here, it's been bright and quite beautiful.
Having done most of the main "tourist" things in the past, we're visiting the current exhibitions but mostly just trying to be here, in this complex culture, learning more, doing deeper, trying to observe more layers of that complexity. I have immense respect for the Mexican people: their dignity, spontaneous warmth and generosity, their pride in their culture and history, the way they have borne such suffering and sorrow and continue to do so. There's a lot to learn from them, and I feel privileged to be able to spend some time here each year.
On Saturday, Pope Francis will be in the city, and we're hoping to be able to catch a glimpse of him and to try to capture in words and pictures some of what this event means here. So stay tuned, and even if I'm not writing anything lengthy before returning to Canada, I'll be putting up some pictures. Here's the link to my Instagram feed, and that's where I am hanging out on a more daily basis. However, Jonathan is publishing regular blog posts at jonzphoto, where he is posting his own photographs and text, and you might like to take a look over there. He'd be happy to hear from you too.