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Dia de los Muertos - Mexico City 

A few shots of a local “ofrenda” on Day of Dead that is celebrated at the end of Oct/Nov each year in Mexico and are accompanied by late night music, thousand of colorful decorations of flowers, food and art all over the country. During these days homes are decorated with their personal “ofrendas” to their loved ones that have past and serve not only as a cultural day but also a form of uniting and bringing family together in celebration.

Purpose of festival: A day of remembrance and homage to those that have passed and is considered as a day when they are allowed to return to the world of the living.
Held: Oct 31st - Nov 2nd
Reason to love: Lots of cultural events, costume and food/partying all over the country. 

hal and barry having their own conversations during justice league meetings  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

hal and barry getting reprimanded by batman for not paying attention 
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

the justice league debating whether hal and barry are a thing or not 
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

hal and barry helping jess learn about her powers and becoming friends with her (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

hal and barry pranking captain cold together (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

hal and barry protecting each other in battle (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

hal and barry going beserk when each other gets hurt (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

hal and barry (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

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Castillo de Chapultepec - Mexico City
Mexico - 2015

Located at the center of the park of Chapultepec is a one of a kind castle that has continued to withstand the test of time though the decades of change in Mexican history. Having served as the home for past presidents and emperor for Mexico, this castle has also seen its wall converted into a Military Academy and presently serving as a museum for our rich history. The site is one of the most visited in Mexico City due in large part to its location but also history and view that it offers of Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most iconic streets in Latin America. 

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Night Photography- Museo Tamayo 

First photo tour at night with the new camera, got a couple of good shots but also learned the hard way that Mexico City can be very chilly before the break of dawn and finding a bathroom can be difficult but overall a fun night with plenty of shots left to process. A few things to note if you like to photograph at night in the city:

  1. Downtown area is well lit up and safe (just be mindful of your surrounding) 
  2. Constant transportation around Reforma (even at night) 
  3. Have a return route plan (Uber/Metrobus/Metro/Taxi)
  4. If waiting for public transportation… (most don’t open until 5am and later on Sunday)
  5. Night life is fairly active downtown/centro/roma/condesa in case of detour
  6. Bring a snack and plenty of water (late night cravings while exploring)
  7. ..and possibly the main one (note where you can use the bathroom when out at night)
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Mexico City - Espacio Escultorico, UNAM

Exploring the other half of E.E. of UNAM (two sections) and finally had a chance to take a few shots while exploring with my family for some memorable black and white pictures. Hope to have more pictures for everyone soon!
Enjoy! 




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Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca - Mexico

Located in the western section of Oaxaca state towards the mountain is the colorful city of Heroica Ciudad de Tlaxiaco, a quiet city that has gain recognition due to its famous daughter “Lila Downs”. The small town is full of the many qualities that one can expect to find of a traditional town in Mexico. The streets are lined with farmers & locals and small business that come out daily to sell the products of their labors; vegetables, flowers, animal products or hand crafted items and of course delicious and varying fruits. A humble town full of friendly locals and various foods waiting to be explored for a fraction of cost that one may find in larger cities.

Come for a visit, try the food and buy some hand crafted items and you won’t leave sorry, or maybe stop in for the local’s “Aguardiente” a unique alcohol crafted within the nearby states or Oaxaca’s most famous dish “Tlayudas”.
What are you waiting for, we are waiting for you!

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Mexico City  - Universidad Nacionla Autonoma de Mexico 


 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Autonomous_University_of_Mexico

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A few shots from my visit to UNAM this weekend, had the chance to relax for our puente due to Mexico holiday. 

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Colonia Roma, Mexico City

A weekend of exploring and discovering one of my favorites neighborhoods in Mexico City; Colonia Roma.

Located near the ever popular Colonia Condesa. This beautiful area of Mexico City is home to many undiscovered restaurants, cafe’s, bars and music. With a large bohemian crowd the area has a distinct personality and offers an ever changing area with new businesses opening everyday.

Great place to walk around and get lost due to its beautiful architecture and tree covered streets and vast stores (food, music, art..etc). The location offers so many things to do and will appeal to all your different sense, only issue will be deciding where to start.

Above area  few pictures from my walk this past week! Enjoy!

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Botanical Jardin, Chapultepec Park
Location: Mexico City

Another quiet weekend in the city found me wandering in the park of Chapultepec, our version of Central Park here in Mexico City. A huge area with plenty to see and do and no shortage of things to discover…and on my trip I had the pleasure of capturing a few images from the indoor garden housing some orchids and other colorful flowers. Just a small fraction of what the park has to offer that ranges from a public zoo to a reading area and numerous museums all around the location. 

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Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico 

Another beautiful day in the city of Puebla, taking in the center of the town for some local food and some performances…ranging from flying clowns to a small musical performance by a local with his guitar. 

Markets line the city center with the many works of the local artisans and a vast array of relics of early colonial periods. With treasures of all kinds found at each venue, ranging from swords to utensils and many more items that have been forgotten by time. A truly wonderful stroll to view the many colors that abound from the works and architecture of the city. 

With only a few hours away from Mexico City, the area is definitely worth a short visit to take in the sights and get lost in the many wonders of food, history and adventure that can be found in the area. 

Mexico City to Puebla Time via bus: 1.5 hours

Cost: ~144 pesos 

Food to try: Chile en Nogada

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Huatulco, Oaxaca - Mexico 

A new month and a new adventure to my beloved homeland.
Taking a few days out from my new job I was able to escape to the beautiful city of Huatulco, located on the coastal area of Oaxaca, Mexico.

The city sits but a few hours from Mexico City via airplane or for an even more economical options, an overnight bus. This beautiful coastal town is one of the more developing towns in the recent decade who has gone through numerous change to establish itself as one of the top tourist towns in Oaxaca. The city contains various bays and nearly thirty six beaches, many yet unchanged by locals or businesses to offer a truly peaceful experience.

Having spent a few days exploring the city and its beaches was truly relaxing, clear water, delicious food and friendly locals.
Truly a great escape for those looking for something new and low-key and if you aren’t satisfied enough, the coastal area offers easy route up to explore Puerto Escondido, Puerto San Angel etc all beautiful beach town in their own rights.

Safe trip and fun exploration! - Len R. Cruz