June 2010

Meridith Hatch (IAS '10) is spending five weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico, as part of a UW Tacoma Spanish language immersion program. Look for more posts from students in the Cuernavaca program soon.

Went to see the Xochicalco (pronounced Sochikallko) archeological site Saturday with a group from Kukulcan. The guide explained that to build the temples the Mixtecas carried the stones on their backs with a strap under the stone and around their foreheads. In order to prevent the high priests on top from seeing their face or their backs (a grave offense), they would walk up the steps sideways. That's why the steps are so high yet shallow. When we tried walking up the next set of stairs sideways it was much easier. Going down was still a little scary; those steps were steep!