New Student Photo Series 2010 – Post #26

More photos from incoming students today, enjoy!

Stephane Keil Rios from Mexico is entering the MPA-DP program and submitted the first batch.

I took this picture from the Popocatepetl (The smoking Mountain) while climbing the Iztaccihuatl Volcano (Sleeping Woman). These two volcanoes dominate the valley of Mexico City and hold an important symbolic component for the City. Hernan Cortes had his first view of ancient tenochtitlan from a pass between these mountains.

The two volcanoes hold an important place in Nahuatl Culture as Popocateptl the nahuatl warrior watches over her loved sleeping woman who committed suicide thinking he had died in a battle, when he returns and finds her dead he decides to turn into a volcano and protect her, he will smoke and crumble whenever he is angry. Talk about the Nahuatl version of Romeo and Juliet. Popo erupted fiercely on 2002 putting all of Mexico’s residents to shake as you could see the bright lava from home. You can see these two lovers only on very clean days since pollution in the city covers them most of the year.
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I took this picture in the Atacama desert in Chile a couple years ago. The inmense hand statue in the middle of nowhere in the most dry hot desert in the world had a small legend on the bottom. “Let’s give earth a hand unless we want all places to look just like this one”.
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On the rooftop of a beatiful Coyoacan House in the southern tip of Mexico City we built our first Urban Orchard with Hidroponics. Our first harvest included brocoli, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, squash, chard and of course Chiles. We made the most delicious pizzas afterwards. In the picture I was trying to maintain the orchard alive under over 36 celsius degress (100 fahrenheit), my straw sombrero sure did somthing to stop my brain from boiling.

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The next batch was submitted by Stephen Schaber, an incoming MIA student.  He states simply:

The attached photos were taken this past May at Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca in Peru.

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