I made a last-minute trip to Mexico City to meet up with Demián Flores before I head back to San Diego on Friday and I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first. I had only spent a week in D.F. and that was over 3 years ago. I love my Oaxacan life, friends, and food, and I didn’t want to leave all that behind for the big city. Despite my initial hesitations, I’ve had a really amazing time here and my time with Demián was fantastic.
After flying in and dropping off some things at the Hotel Marlowe (good budget option close to Bellas Artes), I headed off to visit the museum that Diego Rivera designed to house his Pre-Columbian artifacts — the Anahuacalli. After a metro, train ride, and 10-minute walk, I arrived at this imposing monumental structure (a modern temple of sorts). Not only is the building impressive, but the collection is quite amazing and every detail from the mosaic ceilings to the contemporary art installation really resonated with the research that I’ve been doing. The small craft fair was a bonus, as was actually understanding 90% of the Spanish-language tour, proving that I’ve finally gotten to a good level with the language.