Teotihuacan, a persistence of memory.
submission from thesociologist
I spent some time in Mexico last year, and had a really amazing time exploring different cities, including the ancient Teotihuacan. This is one of the favorite photographs that I took from a short five months there. Like the ruins of Palenque, Chichen Itza, and Coba - Teotihuacan was magnificent and magical.
People tend to criticise the country too quickly without giving it a chance or truly understanding it. You can hate the drugs, corruption, violence, and traffic. But there are a great number of redeeming qualities that tend to get glossed over.
With 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the most in the Americas, and ranked the sixth in the world - there is no lack of action, only a paucity of words to capture the whole Mexican experience. From the remains of ancient Mayan civilizations, to the colourful colonial Guanajuato and Zacatecas, to the charming small towns like San Miguel de Allende and Tlaquepaque, to sitting atop jeeps down insanely narrow mountain roads into the desert for peyote in Real de Catorce, and snorkelling with turtles in Isla Mujeres. And that is barely a glimpse of what this vast country has to offer.
One could say that Mexico serves as a textbook example of a nation with a disturbingly toxic sociological/political/psychological health; and it is - great classroom for those of us dabbling in the social sciences. But there is also its rich history, warm people, exotic food, and tequila. It is a labyrinth that has riches in unseen corners, if you have the will and patience to look.