Early breakfast to start a busy day in Las Vegas

After a surprisingly good night’s sleep in Las Vegas — I realize people seldom brag about how much sleep they got in Vegas, except perhaps to say they didn’t sleep at all — Kathryn and I have had one of those weird mornings where everything took fifteen minutes less time than we expected, and now … Continue reading Early breakfast to start a busy day in Las Vegas

Donuts in Phoenix before heading out of town this afternoon

I haven’t yet finished posting photos and stories about the pilgrimage to Mexico City, but I’m going to set them aside for a few days while Kathryn and I take a 72-hour road trip to Las Vegas. Some of you may notice that’s slightly longer than we typically spend in Vegas. We’re taking a class … Continue reading Donuts in Phoenix before heading out of town this afternoon

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 … Continue reading Statue of Abraham Lincoln in namesake park, Polanco, Mexico City

Driving from Puebla back to Mexico City through a mountain hail storm

Yesterday I posted a photo of the mountain pass on the drive from Mexico City to Puebla last Friday. The return trip later the same day wasn’t quite so picturesque. While passing over the same stretch of highway, we encountered a light hail storm and a lot of rain. As was the case earlier in … Continue reading Driving from Puebla back to Mexico City through a mountain hail storm

On the road, passing through the mountains between Mexico City and Puebla

Since I was frequently called upon to navigate during our recent pilgrimage to Mexico, I often had a front row seat to the scenery we encountered. These verdant, rolling hills wouldn’t have looked entirely out of place in France, but the Chevrolet logo on the steering wheel reminded me we were elsewhere.

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 … Continue reading More photos from another full day exploring Mexico City

Returning home after an amazing week in Mexico City

It’s Saturday morning in Mexico City. Kathryn and I will be checking out of the hotel later this morning and heading back home to Phoenix. The last three days have been exhausting, but nothing short of amazing. Between pyramids, stunning churches and chapels, and beautiful Masses, I’ll need several more days to find the right … Continue reading Returning home after an amazing week in Mexico City

The tilma, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

Another quick update. Today was especially moving for Kathryn and me. Our group spent the entire day at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. We started the day with a Solemn Mass in a side chapel of the old basilica, which was beautiful. Then we moved on to seeing the tilma, … Continue reading The tilma, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City

Photo from Teotihuacan and another quick update

Since the other pilgrims started arriving, I’ve been too busy to write a proper post. Monday, with another couple and their daughter, Kathryn and I saw the Frida Kahlo House and the museum at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Yesterday, with the entire group having arrived, we visited an old church near the historic center … Continue reading Photo from Teotihuacan and another quick update

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

A few observations after two days riding the Metro in Mexico City

Kathryn and I now have six Metro rides under our belts during our first 48 hours here in Mexico City, so I thought I’d share a few observations and photos. You don’t really need a pass As tourists, we’ve done just fine without passes. The first two stations where we tried to buy passes had … Continue reading A few observations after two days riding the Metro in 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 … Continue reading Some photographs from our first full day exploring 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 … Continue reading Cheering for Cruz Azul at the famous Estadio Azteca in Mexico City

Pilgrimage underway

Our pilgrimage is now officially underway. We’re at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, waiting for our flight to Mexico City. We’ve passed through the TSA checkpoint, and to give credit where due, everyone working there was in relatively good spirits this morning. We took advantage of a relatively inexpensive upgrade, so now we’re enjoying our wait … Continue reading Pilgrimage underway

Immaculate Conception, Newburyport

In the past twelve months, I’ve posted photos of two churches where Kathryn and I were called to be godparents to newborns. However, just this past Easter, we visited Immaculate Conception in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where I was baptized as a newborn, approximately a thousand years ago. One of Kathryn’s aunts was able to join us … Continue reading Immaculate Conception, Newburyport

Some thoughts about spending money while traveling abroad

Two weeks ago, while getting to know our fellow Mexico City pilgrims, the topic of how to deal with spending money came up. This is a topic where it seems everyone has his own unique set of opinions based on his own unique set of experiences. I didn’t share all my thoughts with the group, … Continue reading Some thoughts about spending money while traveling abroad

The main altar of La Madeleine, Paris, just before a weekday Mass

Kathryn took this photo of the main altar of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, La Madeleine, located in the heart of Paris, over five years ago, in January 2013. It was one of those right-place-right-time situations we like to take advantage of. We happened to be walking by the church just a few minutes … Continue reading The main altar of La Madeleine, Paris, just before a weekday Mass

Mexico City pilgrimage planning, getting to know our fellow pilgrims

Last week, I mentioned Kathryn and I are still planning to travel for a week later this month. The trip is a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and to some other holy sites in the area. Having a religious motivation to our travels is not an entirely new … Continue reading Mexico City pilgrimage planning, getting to know our fellow pilgrims