Trade Coffee

If you know me, you know I love drinking coffee. I especially love going to local coffee shops and trying out new roasters. When Trade Coffee Co reached out and asked me to try out their services, I was super excited!

All you do is take a simple 6 question quiz - from how you usually make coffee at home, whether you like your coffee black, cream etc,  to how adventurous in flavor you want. They give you a list of different options based off of your taste preferences. 

Quick trip to Morelia, Michoacan!

Catedral de Morelia (San Salvador)
After a couple days in México City, my family and I went to see my dad's side of the family. My dad is from a small town in Michoacán, México. The day after we arrived, we decided to take a quick trip to Morelia, Michoacán to do some sightseeing and run some errands. Morelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán. In 1541, the Spanish founded the city on an Indian settlement, naming it Valladolid after a city in Spain. It replaced Pátzcuaro as the capital of Michoacán in 1582. It wasn't until 1828 that the city was renamed to Morelia in honor of José Maria Morelos, a locally born leader of the independence movement.

The drive was about an hour and a half long. Arriving to Morelia, we parked near the Catedral de Morelia (San Salvador) which is a Spanish Baroque-style, Roman Catholic cathedral. Construction of the church began in 1660 but was completed in 1744. Since blue is my favorite color, I loved the blue tiled dome on the cathedral.

Sightseeing in México City

Day Two

On our second day in la Ciudad de México (México City), we went to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe) which is a Roman Catholic church, basilica and National shrine of México that holds the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

The main reason why we took the trip to México City was to visit the Basilica. At first I was a bit surprised seeing so many people at the Basilica, especially since it was a Monday. There is something so powerful how a common faith or belief can bring so many people together. I didn't think it would've been an emotional moment for me but it ended up being a very personal experience that I will be forever grateful of experiencing.

I took a couple pictures inside but they came out either dark or blurry. 
Outside of Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
After the Basilica we did a couple of sight seeing around Zócalo which the main square in central México City. It was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of  Tenochtitlan but now holds government offices like the National Palace (Palacio Nacional) and more. The balcony of the National Palace is where the President of México famously does "El Grito de Dolores" to celebrate México's Independence.

Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum

On my first full day in la Ciudad de México (México City),  I managed to visit both La Casa Azul (blog post here) and El Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli.

Diego Rivera was born on December 8, 1886 in Guanajuato, México. He had a twin brother named Carlos, who died two years after they were born. Rivera began to draw at the age of three, a year after his twin brother's death. His parents encouraged Diego's artistic talent by enrolling him into San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 12.

 In 1907, Rivera received a government sponsorship to study in Europe to further his art studies. During that time, he studied with Realist painter Eduardo Chicharro Aguera, among others and befriended many artists such as Pablo Picasso.

La Casa Azul | Frida Kahlo Museum

I recently got my film developed from a trip I took to México with my family in February, 2018. Our first couple days of the trip was mainly in la Ciudad de México (México City) and it ended with visiting both sides of the family.  How we managed to visit three states in a week was beyond me. Nonetheless it was an unforgettable experience I will never forget.   

On our first full day in México City, we went to the famous Casa Azul or the Frida Kahlo Museum. We waited in line for less than an hour when one of the employees offered a package deal for the the Anahuacalli Museum and the Frida Kahlo Musuem. It was a weekend package deal that offered entry to both museums and included round trip transportation. This allowed us immediate entry to the Frida Kahlo Museum and we walked around for a while until we had to get on the bus that took us to the Anahuacalli Museum. Although we didn't get to see the whole museum before getting onto the bus, they kindly allowed us re-entry after our visit to the Anahuacalli Museum.