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Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexico Pilgrimage 2018

The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

— While looking through my photos from last year, I noticed one from our Mexico City pilgrimage that never ended up on the blog. There are two basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe shown here. The old basilica, on the left with the golden dome, while still beautiful outside and inside, has suffered such extensive damage from earthquakes and an unstable foundation that it can no longer handle the throngs of pilgrims who visit this important holy site.
Teotihuacan, our day trip from Mexico City in photos

Teotihuacan, our day trip from Mexico City in photos

— Although many of our fellow Mexico City pilgrims had started trickling into town Monday afternoon, Wednesday was officially the first day of our itinerary. The first and only destination for the day was the pyramids at Teotihuacan, but this was a pilgrimage group, so of course we prayed first. And ate. Because we now had a priest with us, Wednesday started out with Holy Mass. The fraternity to which the priest belongs has a chapel in Mexico City, Inmaculada Concepción.
Statue of Abraham Lincoln in namesake park, Polanco, Mexico City

Statue of Abraham Lincoln in namesake park, Polanco, Mexico City

— I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised us to find a statue of Abraham Lincoln in a park called Parque Lincoln. Kathryn and I enjoyed a twilight stroll through this calm, tree-lined park in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco after having a lovely dinner at a pizza restaurant nearby. After that, we took a half-hour Uber ride back to the not-so-upscale Mexico City neighborhood where our hotel was located.
More photos from another full day exploring Mexico City

More photos from another full day exploring Mexico City

— Kathryn’s proposal to create a WhatsApp pilgrimage group turned out to be a rather good thing. She had mentioned wanting to see the Frida Kahlo Museum when we first started planning this trip, so when someone else in the group suggested going Tuesday morning, it made sense to share a ride. We left the hotel around 9 am. There ended up being five of us — Kathryn and me, another couple, and their daughter — in an Uber XL from the hotel to the museum.
Hua-what? Spotting a Huawei boutique in a posh area of Mexico City

Hua-what? Spotting a Huawei boutique in a posh area of Mexico City

— About a year ago, I bought a rather low-end Huawei Honor 6X smartphone to replace my ageing and quickly dying LG Google Nexus 5. Common reactions to my purchase were “what?” or “Hua-what?” A few months later, I traveled to Latin America with my new phone and discovered Huawei is actually rather popular outside the United States. Apparently, it’s the third most common make of smartphones in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.
Some photographs from our first full day exploring Mexico City

Some photographs from our first full day exploring Mexico City

— After deftly navigating the light rail and two Metro lines through throngs of soccer fans Saturday evening, we woke up ready to tackle Mexico City by public transit Sunday morning. With it being Sunday, our first move was to find a place for Mass. Our first instinct had been to go to the church staffed by the same fraternity as the priest traveling with us, but since the itinerary has us there for Mass later in the week, we decided to go to the Metropolitan Cathedral instead.
Cheering for Cruz Azul at the famous Estadio Azteca in Mexico City

Cheering for Cruz Azul at the famous Estadio Azteca in Mexico City

— After we discovered our arrival date in Mexico City happened to fall on the opening weekend of the 2018-2019 season of Liga MX, the premier professional soccer league in Mexico, we got it into our heads that we’d see a soccer match while we’re there. After reviewing the schedules, we determined the only Mexico City team playing a home game while we’d be in town was Cruz Azul, who’d play its home opener at Estadio Azteca yesterday afternoon, not long after we’d arrived.