Teotihuacan and How to Prolong the Life of a Camera Battery…

Teotihaucan Sculpture

Teotihuacan is 50 klicks northwest of Mexico City – a pleasant couple of days out of town – just remember to have a good charge on your camera battery…. Read on:

Teotihaucan's Avenue of the Dead Panorama

Nice bunch of pyramids – the interesting thing about them is that their proximity to the capital city (as opposed to the remoteness of some of the much more recently discovered Mayan pyramids) doesn’t mean that we understand these people more than the Mayan cultures, say. We don’t – they left no writing system. Our knowledge about them is evolving as we speak. In the various out-of-date guidebooks I quickly referred to, and reading the information at the museum here, already that massive pyramid of the sun has possibly become now the pyramid of the water due to the recent discovery of child skeletons at the corners of the pyramids – something that is associated with the water-god of the time. Hmm. We know so little.

Camera run out of battery just as we had entered the complex:  How many people know that if your camera batteries run out just as you arrive at a country’s premier tourist attraction – you can warm them up under your arm or down your trousers to give them some extra life. The pictures you see here were all taken with a camera that had been registered as empty – it was a bit of a palava; removing the battery from my pants, quickly installing it in the camera, taking a shot and then stuffing it back down into the body-heated warmth. But if you want those pictures – and there’s little chance of returning soon with functioning equipment – then, this is the way to go…

The funny thing is that the last time this happened to me was at a Stonehenge Summer Equinox Event and at the time I remember thinking that maybe it was the power of the stones that kept my battery alive. Now that it’s happened at some ancient, mysterious pyramids, I’m thinking that my battery dies because of  the sudden proximity to ancient constructions we know so little about… Hmm.

Oh and boondocking is available at the restaurant/tourist traps just outside the perimeter fence. They get coach loads of people on package tours from Cancun or somewhere so aren’t too bothered about the odd independent RV.

Teotihuacan Pyramid of the Sun

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