The pyramids were awe-inspiring, as promised by the guidebooks. We took in the amazing scenery as we walked the Avenue of the Dead. The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon were magnificent. After climbing the 250 steps of the Pyramid of the Sun and the many other steps just getting there (including the subway steps) we refrained from going to the top of the Pyramid of the Moon. Visiting the Anthropology Museum prior to the pyramids was definitely beneficial. We had a solid knowledge of what we were looking at and did not feel the need to hire a guide to take us around.
|Walking the Avenue of the Dead.|
|In front of the Pyramid of the Sun, prior to climbing to the top.|
|The Pyramid of the Moon|
|On top of the Pyramid of the Sun|
|A view of the Pyramid of the Moon from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun|
|The Pyramid of the Sun|
As I descended the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun, I began to think of the beautiful symbolism that can be taken from this experience and applied to life. I can't wait to use this as a metaphor in the near future as the girls grow and experience difficulties in school, relationships, jobs, etc. It will go something like this:
Katelyn/Hannah remember when we stood at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun. We looked up at the enormous pyramid with 250 steps leading up to the top and thought, "Wow, that's high!" And remember how I told you that we were going to take it a little at a time and not rush. We started to climb the first set of steps and came to a landing. We paused and took a deep breath until we were ready to move on to the other steps. We did this step by step, section by section, until we finally reached the top. Do you remember what it felt like at the top? It felt like an amazing accomplishment. We did it! We stopped at the top and looked down at all of the steps and thought, "That wasn't that bad." The view at the top was unbelievable. Then we walked back down the steps and it was so much easier than going up. That Pyramid of the Sun is a lot like life. So many times we feel like we are climbing the steepest of steps and we will never make it to the top. But you know what? When we do make it, and you will, it feels good and makes us stronger.
What a Seventh Heaven moment that will be.
On a side note, the subway system here is awesome. First of all, it is only 5 pesos per person. That means that our family of four rode the subway for less than $2. Our only previous experience with subways were from riding the Bart in San Francisco. I'm glad that we had that experience to know what to expect. In Mexico City, however, you can ride as far as you want and get on as many different subway cars as you need to without paying another peso. On the Bart, you are charged based on the distance that you are going and if you get off that particular train and need to go further, you have to pay again. And in Mexico City, you can buy toenail clippers, extension cords, classical music, and Halls cough drops from the many vendors that come and go on the cars. How convenient!