dimanche 15 février 2015

Chichén Itzá: Izzy Visits Her First World Wonder

When people started voting for the New 7 Wonders of the World, I have to admit that I was not really excited about it. I figured it was just a whatever popularity contest, sort of like those yearbook superlatives. I mean, I was voted "Most Athletic" once. Can you believe those lies?! Looking back, I should have known better. Having visited 2 of them at press time, I now know why these monuments are on the list. They're fucking AWESOME. Hindsight is always 20/20, right?

Wendy and I woke up bright and early to head over to the ancient city of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is an archeological site in the Yucatan Peninsula. It was one of the largest cities of the Maya Civilization, and today, millions of people visit annually. Chichen Itza itself is not the world wonder; El Castillo (The Temple of Kukulcan) is. Kukulcan was a deity, pictured as a feathered serpent. Isn't that totally bad ass? I had seen plenty of pictures of people hanging out at El Castillo. I knew about the equinox thing, too. Even then, I still wasn't super interested because I am a total buffoon. Our tour began at the Mayaland Hotel, which is where archaeologists used to hang. Once we headed out, I immediately saw a chocolate shop. YES! We wandered around the grounds. This place was super vast! There were so many cool ruins to feast my eyes on.

Augustus Gloop Banuelos

As we made our way to El Castillo we walked by El Caracol, also known as the Observatory. What a cool building!

There are several structures here, and each one is cooler than the last. I mentioned that the grounds are enormous, and I really mean it. We were here for about 2-3 hours and we still didn't see everything!

My tiny, dumb brain can't understand how these structures are so old. Like, for real. Finally-- El Castillo! If you look closely, towards the bottom left of the picture, there are specks of color. Those are people. This thing is big as hell! I was really taken aback. It is STUNNING. 

No wonder this was on the list. It is a sight to behold, not even kidding. It was truly spectacular. There 91 steps on each side and when you add in the first step at the top, guess what? 365-- just like the days in a year! I mentioned the equinox thing earlier. In case you guys do not know, on both the spring and autumn equinoxes (when day and night are of equal length), the sun casts a shadow making it look like a snake is creeping down the side. I wasn't there on an equinox, so you'll have to google it. I can only imagine how cool it must be to witness. 

How u do dis, Mayans?

You used to be able to climb to the top. Let's get one thing clear. Your girl would never do that! Don't you remember my trip to Teotihuacan? Don't get it twisted. The stairs looked steep. People were getting injured all the time. People also started tagging on the top cause they're stupid. I hate that almost as much as the love locks in Paris. Gross! These two things led the pyramid to be closed for climbing. Moving on, we went to see the Mayan Ball Court. This was a weird game, kinda like soccer, except you "kicked" with your hips. The hoop is SIDEWAYS and really high up. The losers were sometimes sacrificed. You heard me! No pressure.

the VIP suite


I came across some really cool stones. I can't wait to get these installed in my shower. DIY  so serious! I could put in a rain shower and everything. When I say I want say I want a vintage bathroom, this is what I mean. Let's take it all the way back. Isn't this awesome? How are they preserved so well? Modern marvel! The detail is just incredible. 

As if you weren't already feeling like a useless waste of space because you have contributed nothing to society, check this out. Did you know that you can stand at the foot of El Castillo, clap your hands, and hear a damn QUETZAL? Not only did they do all this cool stuff, they were also on the acoustic engineering wave. I give up.

Tomorrow, Xcaret!... where I am too busy chasing butterflies to notice that my trip is about to take a very sinister turn.

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