Sunday, May 04, 2008
To celebrate Tanner's graduation with a Master's Degree in Psychology, (and both of our birthdays,) we took a nine day trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to explore the Mayan Ruins. The first ruin we visited was Uxmal where Tanner is pictured above at the Magician's Pyramid.
This is a view of the sacred cenote for which Chichen Itza is named for. Chichen roughly translated means "at the mouth of the well" and Itza is "water sorcerers or a family named Itza" (we heard 2 different explanations.) It's excavtion has yielded many treasures and sacrificial victims, including children.
The Ball Court at Chichen Itza. You could stand at one end, shout something, and hear it echoed from the other end. We saw a game reenacted at the theme park Xcaret where the players bounce a small ball off their hips, head, or kick it with their feet to try to get the ball through the hoops on the sides.
A kodak moment at the Carribean Sea with ruins in the background. I must say that the French tourists can take pictures much better than the Mexican tourists! Almost every other photograph we had someone take of us together ended up cutting off important parts or turning the camera to ridiculous angles.