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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 22

    October 19th, 2017

    Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Looking toward the Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper in Mexico City, Mexico.
    Looking toward the Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper in Mexico City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 21

    October 18th, 2017

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    Mexico City, Mexico

    The Grand Courtyard of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico.
    The Grand Courtyard of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Today, I walked a few blocks over to the Palacio Nacional, where a guide out front told me that because the building contains the offices of the president and government of Mexico, I had to hand over my passport to get in. I only had a copy of it on me, so I had to schlep all the way to the Casa San Ildefonso to get it and return, once again down the sidewalks of Calle del Correo Mayor, which are utterly packed with pedestrians squeezing by dozens of vendors who shout out the names of their wares at the top of their lungs. It really is quite a chaotic scene.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 20

    October 17th, 2017

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Mexico City, Mexico

    A large Aztec sculpture on the ground floor of the Museo Templo Mayor in Mexico City, Mexico.
    A large Aztec sculpture on the ground floor of the Museo Templo Mayor in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Today, I visited the Museo Templo Mayor, which was built on top of an ancient city-state called Tenochtitlan. Easily one of the most glossy and glamorous museums I’ve ever laid eyes on or stepped foot inside, the collection within is spread out over three huge floors. Boasting a wealth of carvings, jewelry, paintings, pottery, statues, chunks from temples, etc. it’s all presented within a totally modern and attractive interior.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 19

    October 16th, 2017

    Monday, October 16, 2017
    Mexico City, Mexico

    The Zocalo in CD MX, which means Ciudad Mexico, which means Mexico City.
    The Zocalo in CD MX, which means Ciudad Mexico, which means Mexico City.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 18

    October 15th, 2017

    Sunday, October 15, 2017
    Oaxaca City to Mexico City, Mexico

    OCC and ADO buses at the Terminal Central Autobuses de Norte in Mexico City, Mexico.
    OCC and ADO buses at the Terminal Central Autobuses de Norte in Mexico City, Mexico.

    At 12:00 noon today, I checked out of the Casa Angel and caught a taxi cab over to the ADO bus terminal, where I was to board a rig bound for Mexico City. Around 1:30 pm, we piled ourselves and our luggage into the bus and hit the road. On the way out of town, we ascended a curvy mountain road that offered a splendid view of Oaxaca City. About two hours into the seven-hour trip, we passed through a series of green canyons walled by mountains crowned with sunlit sheer rock faces near the top. If this unspoiled place is not a national park, it sure should be. It looked so stunning, my eyes started to well up with tears.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 17

    October 14th, 2017

    Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    A vintage bookbinding press at Casa de Juarez in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    A vintage bookbinding press at Casa de Juarez in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 16

    October 13th, 2017

    Friday, October 13, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    A mural in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    A mural in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 15

    October 12th, 2017

    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    A log penetrates two boxes at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    A log penetrates two boxes at the Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 14

    October 11th, 2017

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    One corner of the Zocalo in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    One corner of the Zocalo in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Mexico Part 13

    October 10th, 2017

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    The Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman lit up by sunset in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
    The Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman lit up by sunset in Oaxaca City, Mexico.

    About a half hour after I woke up, the bus arrived in Oaxaca City. I was happy that this town sits at a higher elevation, which means it’s considerably cooler, so I’ll sweat less. Departing the ADO bus terminal on foot, I schlepped a half mile south past several examples of nice street art to Hostal Casa del Sol. Despite the fact there was no sign out front, I knocked on the door anyway. No answer. After I knocked again a couple of minutes later, a lady yelled something in Spanish without opening the door. I took that to mean it was closed for low season, if not permanently.

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