Xolotl in Mexico City

Before he left, Xolotl visited some places in Mexico City.

First, he visited the Museum of Popular Art where you can find lots of handicrafts and folk art, also known as "popular art". 

The Museum of Popular Art explores the origins and significance of popular art throughout Mexico. The items on display are representative of important Mexican traditions that originated in towns and villages all over the country. These customs have been passed down from generation to generation and in many cases that date back to before the arrival of the Spanish.

The exhibits, arranged by theme, showcase a stunning array of Mexican traditions including pottery, ceramics, glasswork, metalwork, woodcarving, mache paper, basketry, weaving, textiles and traditional dress collections. The museum also frequently hosts special exhibits and cultural events.

Xolotl also visited the town of Coyoacán, a "Magic Neighborhood". Coyoacan’s tree-lined cobblestone streets, colonial-era estates hidden behind high walls and several interesting churches, museums and artisans’ markets make it one of the most pleasant places to visit in the capital.

Xolotl went to La Casa Azul (The Blue House), the former home of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, now it's a museum. It is here where the artist was born, spent much of her life and later passed away.

The museum houses several pieces of artwork as well as many of the artist’s personal possessions, including clothing, jewelry, collections of folk and pre-Hispanic art that once belonged to Frida and her husband, famed Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera.

He also visited Coyoacan’s central square, the Plaza Hidalgo, the neighborhood’s main gathering place. In the center of the adjacent Jardin Centenario sits one of Coyoacan’s most iconic and charming landmarks, the fountain featuring the coyotes that gave this neighborhood its name. Coyoacan translates to “Place of Coyotes” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs who once inhabited what is now modern day Mexico City.

Finally, he went to the Ex-convento de Churubusco (Ex Convent of Churubusco), built in the beginning of the 16th Century. The building still retains the markings that cannon fire inflicted on its walls in a mythical battle of the Mexican-American war; these walls stand proudly to this day, as witnesses of the history and as guardians of one of the most important spaces in national memory.

On his last day in Mexico we had a little Good Bye party where we wished him good luck and had breakfast with tamales and atole.

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