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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Day 10: De Tres Hebras

For those of you out there who liked Day 8 and 9, good news; Day 10 was another pyramid day!

This time, we went to Uxmal (pronounced like Oosh-Mal).

As soon as we got there, I noticed yet another No Enrico sign and felt unwanted.

But I went in anyway. First, we went into the little museum that was at the site.

Yes, that last one is another penis statue.

Then we looked around the ruins. I really liked the ruins of Uxmal.
Probably the most important building at the site is a pyramid called the Adivino. It's pretty huge. Can you spot me sitting next to it??

There is a legend about the creation of this pyramid (I read the legend, "El Enano de Uxmal" in Spanish class), that says that the pyramid was build overnight. I wonder if it's true...

See that stone in the middle? Well that represents the 5th cardinal direction according to the Mayans. They had N, S, E, W and this direction, which led to the underworld.

When we went to enter one building, we found a brown blob in front of it.

And realized it was a guard dog. Aww.

Random pics:

On Day 9 I learned that the Mayans had an interesting view on the shape of the ears of their Gods (I just can't word that sentence right, sorry). Well on Day 10, we saw that their thinking applied to the nose as well, as they believed one of the Gods (something about rain) has a nose like this:

I don't think elephants were around in Mexico at the time these buildings were erected, so I think this just came from their imaginations. The direction of the nose indicated a need for rain, or a request to stop the rain.

Some faces were missing noses (you can see how easy it'd be for them to fall off).

While looking at the noses, someone in my group realized this lizard lounging about a few feet away.

In this one place, we saw carvings that retold the legend of el enano de Uxmal.
Here's the enano himself (with a turtle shell in front of him)!

And I thought this was an owl (part of the story) but it is actually just a design where some rocks fell out, which makes it look like it has wings....

And this is one of the men who helped build the pyramid overnight. Some kind of forest fairy or something.

Then we saw another iguana!

And realized that the site was infested with them....

Here's a Mayan handprint.

And the ballcourt was at this site too.

We climbed the tallest pyramid that you're allowed to climb in Uxmal (you're not allowed to climb the Adivino)

and could see our hotel from the top of the pyramid! See that orange building all the way to the left? That's it.

At the top, we found this seat, which people sat on when they were about to be sacrificed.

Now, sacrifice was an interesting topic in Mexico. While many of the residents and other guides said that the Mayans practiced human sacrifice, our own National Geographic guide swore that there were no human sacrifices in the Mayan civilization. He gave us evidence why and told us that there was no evidence that supported sacrifice, just assumptions that were never proved. So who knows....

Anyway, so then Zach pushed Liz off the pyramid.

And Lindsay, Lauren, Katie and Carol jumped off to avoid being pushed.

But Zach did push Pepe (my teacher). He managed to hang on.

And while all this happened, I just posed for a picture.

Then I climbed down in about 18 seconds while everyone else took their time.

Then a bunch of us got Magnum ice cream.
I didn't have any, but I love the advertisement! That girl looks SO thrilled to be eating Magnum ice cream!

After Uxmal, we headed to another site, Kabah.

We were only here for a second, but the thing we all remembered was the name of the main building: Codz-Poop.

Look how small the stairs are!

Then we went to Labná.

Where we saw the type of shelter we would be staying in the next day....

While walking about, I noticed an orange tree. Our guide said we could actually eat an orange from it... if we could get a ripe one down.

So I attacked the ripe oranges with a stick and was the first one to successfully get an orange!

Then the guide told me to bash it against the stairs to get all the juice flowing. I was hitting it lightly at first and he said, "No, hit it like it's your girlfriend."

Eventually, he cut open the top so I could drink the juice.

And everyone laughed when I stopped drinking and made a face. It was so sour!

But I ate it anyway. I guess my report turned everyone off, as I was the only one who got an orange down for consumption.

Random pics:

After visiting THREE sites in one day, we headed back to the hotel for some R&R.

Here's the view of the pool from my balcony.

When we all headed down to swim, we saw this amazing sign.

The chairs were very comfortable and made of stone (who came up with that idea?!)

In the pool we swam and played water volleyball.


That night, we returned to Uxmal for the Festival of Luz y Sonido, or Light and Sound.

Basically, we sat on the steps of the big pyramid and watched as the other pyramids lit up in different colors. The whole time, this recording played that talked about the former residents of Uxmal and the way they lived.

When we got back to the hotel, I noticed something on the ceiling.

So I zoomed in, and saw this.

Aww. So many cute creatures in Mexico!

10 comments:

-jeff said...

Man... there is no way I'd be able to sleep with that many "cute" creatures around. It creeps me out knowing anything is moving around while I'm sleeping. I prefer to think the whole world just stops while I sleep.

Really enjoying these updates BTW.
-jeff

Polt said...

Wow all those NO 'E' signs...I guess your reputation proceeded you, eh?

The stone penis statue...I think I know the guy who modeled for it.... :)

That Mayan handprint is awesomely cool!

My fear of heights would have prevented me from visiting the top, so thanks for the views!

"So then Zach pushed Liz off the pyramid"...BWHAHHAHAHAHA!!!

Maybe the makers of Magnum ice creams are also the makers of Magnum condums...hence her enjoyment at eating some. :)

"Hit it like it's your girlfirend"...oh the clueless breeders, eh? :)

Loving the shots, Enrickyricardo...but I'm a smidge disappointed there weren't more pics from the pool...I mean, hot guys in swimwear practically demand extra photos taken and posted, ya know? :)

HUGS...

Jere Keys said...

I had a pet iguana when I was in college. Her name was Kat. Your photos of wild iguanas made me miss her.

Polt has a point about the pool, you know, we want beefcake!

Tam said...

Well, iguanas scare the crap out of me. When I was in Aruba (many many moons ago) the area outside our hotel room was full of them and they'd go on little fits and chase each other around (I'm sure they were just having fun) and I was sure they were going to run in our room. I know they aren't "dangerous" but they are just too freaky for me.

As for the penis statue, I guess the Mayans didn't subscribe to the "size doesn't matter its how you use it" theory of anatomy.

You must have been wiped after 3 sites in one day. Great pics though.

Chris said...

When ever you say "ballcourt" for some reason I keep thinking "ballpit", like that play equipment filled with balls that kids jump around in. ;)

More great photos. I appreciate your commitment to story telling. I almost feel like I have been Mexico now.

hoteltuesday said...

Jeff- Ohhhh it gets worse in terms of animals being around during sleep....

Oh Polt, there was no one to take any pictures of! You might have noticed that there were only two other males on the trip, one being my hairy teacher. And since I was one of the males, I couldn't take any pics of myself in the pool! Don't worry, you didn't miss anything.

Jere: Sorry my post upset you. And look at that, we have something in common: a loved college pet.

Tam: Iguanas were also at our hotel but I didn't take any pics for some reason. When we were in the pool, some iguanas were running around. Some were just basking in the sun too. They were cute, getting tans just like us :)

Chris: I wish they had a ballpit there! That'd be awesome.

And thanks for the nice comments everyone-these entries usually take like 2 hours to make X |

Michelle M. said...

That's interesting about the human (or lack of) sacrifices. Have you seen Apocalypto?

That 5th cardinal direction thing sounds like a great premise for a book.

So have you decided where you would like to travel next?

Polt said...

jere keys: I'd be happy with some twinkcake...

Enrico: Why wouldn't you take photos of yourself in swimwear? I'd certainly look at them...probably more than once. ;)

Michelle M.: May I recommend, to Enrice, Toronto!?!?! :)

HUGS...

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your face in the NO ENRICO sign!! Such a cute picture!!
TJ

Anonymous said...

i will finish reading them tomorrow american idol is on
gabi