D.F. again. / by Ellen Ziegler

Mexico City is known as D.F. or, Distrito Federal. We are back at Hotel Maria Cristina. What a lovely place to stay. Our last day on the street, before we leave.

Hotel courtyard. Kind of a Sorrento Hotel-like place, but VERY affordable.

Hotel courtyard. Kind of a Sorrento Hotel-like place, but VERY affordable.

Museum(s).

Museo Soumaya is the creation of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. We didn't go in because their main attraction is Rodin and Dali.  I will say no more. But it is one crazy-ass museum from the outside!

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And with a crescent moon:

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At the Fundación Jumex across the street, an exhibit by Abraham Cruzvillegas about the community process of "auto-construction", building houses in the DIY manner in the very poor neighborhoods of D.F. He is a conceptual artist who infuses his work with poetry and feeling.

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Hand- painted streets, neon laundromats.

Guy #1 had an orange bucket to keep the cars from driving on his work...

Guy #1 had an orange bucket to keep the cars from driving on his work...

Guy #2 had no cones or buckets, so cars were already driving on his work before he was even done.

Guy #2 had no cones or buckets, so cars were already driving on his work before he was even done.

Chimney brushes and mops for sale on the street, as are most things.

Chimney brushes and mops for sale on the street, as are most things.

Laundromat neon.

Laundromat neon.

Tomás and tamales.

Tomás and tamales.

Coyoacán Market.

The beginning of a piñata, using homework pages.

The beginning of a piñata, using homework pages.

A piñata from the underneath.

A piñata from the underneath.

Finished!

Finished!

Musicians, one with DIY percussion: coffee can, plastic water bottle, cymbal.

Musicians, one with DIY percussion: coffee can, plastic water bottle, cymbal.

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Scary political figures.

Scary political figures.

Hasta la vista, México! Tu tiene nos corazónes! 

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