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The Palaces of Montezuma

After promising a new life for this chronicle, a hurdle presented itself – I found myself overseas without the photos to remind me of the next episodes. Images now in hand, I can report that the next bit was the visit of our friends Nadia and Uli, who came for a few days, one of which was April 9th, 2011. I can't be sure how much either side.

I do recall this: in the lead up to our arrival, the landlady curtained off a section of the living room in anticipation of our guests, laid down a mattress, and went to town with her little signs all over the apartment. Welcome to the apartment, Paul's friends. Don't pull the curtain down (repeated on 3 signs). Turn the hot water off. Use the toilet in this fashion. The last of these was stuck to the under-side of the toilet lid, and upon seeing it I ripped it from its location, tore it up, and swore loudly enough that the flat downstairs, being the landlord's might hear it. No more signs appeared for a while, though I did keep a collection for my own amusement through the years.

As for Uli and Nadia's trip, they were the most relaxing, fun people to have visit – no fuss at all, just good times. Good times, that is except that they each in turn suffered Moctezuma's revenge and not as much as one might hope was seen. Still, they were happy and the good times rolled, aided by Uli's awesome Corona straw hat collected on a cruise of the gulf of Mexico just prior to their visit. We went to Tlatelalco, aka the Plaza de los Tres Culturas, and all attendees greeted it with a spirit of interest and openness to learning. Unlike the previous time I went.

On the 9th we went to the National Palace, on the eastern side of the Zocolo. This is the palace of the executive, which is the president, but he doesn't live there, but rather at Los Pinos in Chapultapec Forrest. I assume this then functions as the office of the president, and it is from the main balcony that the president makes the “Grito”, an historical call or scream, on Independence Day.

Anyways, this was where Moctezuma's palaces were, in close proximity to the Templo Major. Thus, it is the first of the items listed in the Grinderman song referenced in the title (naming error and all) that I have presented to Naomi. The spinal column of JFK might pose a problem.

The Palace has murals by Diego Riviera, complete with shamelessly biased accounts of Mexican history (as best as history records, Cortes was not green and of ghoulish aspect), and a nice collection of various historical artefacts from the Republic, including battle standards. Their display regarding the Mexican Revolution contained the thought-provoking quote that the revolution was the discovery of Mexico by the Mexicans.

Bookekeeping: I've started to go back and add tags to the old entries, a new-fangled magic I've been squinting at with suspicion for some time. You can use these to see about Tlatelalco.

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