Archive for July 26, 2008

What day is it, I’ve lost count

Posted in Musings on July 26, 2008 by xxxicana

Aye, I’m sick — I’m hoping it is just a 24 hour bug. I ordered sopa de pollo — hijole, they sure know how to make a chicken soup in Mexico. Real broth, real chicken, avocado, onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice. If that doesn’t cure me, nothing will.

I’m thinking that I’ve over done it. Today I ventured to the very southern part of Mexico City — it took more than hour by walking, metro, then light train. I went to the Dolores Olmedo museum — which has the largest collection of Frida Kahlo works. Naturally, I couldn’t take any pictures inside, but I did get photos of the dogs. There’s a sad funny story about the dogs. First, the photo:

Frida had a favorite dog named Senor Xolotl, King of Xilbalba (the Maya underworld). She DOTED on that dog — one time he urinated on one of Diego’s paintings. After chasing the dog around, Diego gave up, and laughed that Xolotl was the best art critic ever. But, I digress. Xolotl was a Mexican hairless dog (Xoloitzcuintle) — a rare breed that predated contact with Europeans. Diego had been involved with Dolores Olmedo (yes, in the biblical sense) for many many years. Once, Diego took Sr. Xolotl over to Dolores’ house for stud purposes . . . and Frida threw a FIT when she found out!

These dogs live at the museum, they may have been Lola’s dogs (she died only a few years ago). They are cute in a hairless kind of way!

Here are two photos of the Metro — it moves something like five million people a day — a ticket costs 2 pesos (about 20 cents). Before and after