Spring 2003




In late March our friends Jal Mehta and Cheryl Gray came from Cambridge to visit us. We took advantage of the visit to head to explore Mexico City.

We visited the Museum of Anthropology and History, with its massive collection of ancient American artifacts, the Museo Dolores Olmedo, which has beautiful grounds (complete with peacocks wandering about) and an excellent collection of Diego Rivera and Frida Kalho paintings, and also watched a soccer game at Mexico's largest stadium, Estadio Azteca. As shown in the pictures below, we also took a gondola trip through the floating gardens of Xochimilco and visited the large complex of ruins at Teotihuacn, just outside of Mexico City 

Zoe, Cheryl, the Gondolier, and part of the faade of the boat.

Andrew, Soren, and Jal reclining on the front of the boat.

Left: Zoe, Soren, and Andrew on the Pyramid of the Sun, with the Pyramid of the Moon in the background.

Right: Reverse view, Jal, Cheryl, Drew, and Soren on the Pyramid of the Moon, with the Pyramid of the Sun behind. 


In April, Zoe and Soren took a trip to the north of the city of Cuetzalan in the north of the state of Puebla.

Cuetzalan is a foggy sort of place, green, humid, and at a high altitude.
The Yohualichn ruins are near Cuetzalan (there's Soren in the lower left). Substantially greener than most of the archaeological sites we saw).
Mexican cemetaries are often quite remarkable places. Here's Soren at one in Cuetzalan.
Northern Mexico

Later in April, the Clarkwests set off on their most ambitious trip, a tour of Andrew's old mission areas - Aguascalientes, Durango, Torreon, and Zacatecas.  

Aguascalientes was a major railroad center. Here Andrew is resting on a bench at the rail museum there.
Aguascalientes means "hot waters", a name it received thanks to the thermal mineral springs in the area. We visited some mineral baths constructed in the 19th century (the only illumination in the private baths being from sunlight through an opening in the roof).
Durango has been a major site for shooting Westerns due both to the terrain and the remarkable skies. Here we see those skies, over the city's cathedral and central plaza.
We were also able to enjoy a with a family that Andrew taught while in Durango in his mission in 1992, the Prez Uribes. 
A highlight of Zacatecas is the Museo Rafael Coronel. Apart from the amazing collection of hundreds of masks from various regions of Mexico, the building itself was beautiful. Much of it is crumbling, with a gorgeous variety of plants overgrowing some secitons.
Soren and Zoe relax while waiting for the food at a table in a walkway in Zacatecas. 



Last updated on December 18, 2003