Michoacán, Mexico City and Puebla

Dates: 2017-06-25 to 2017-07-15

Doing astronomy in a yellow castle in the jungle

Dates: 2017-06-25 to 2017-06-30

At a conference in 2014 I met a small crew of astronomers from Mexico, more specifically Morelia in the state Michoacán, led by professor Enrique Vazquez-Semadeni. Now that I live relatively closer to Mexico I often thought I should go visit, but never got around to actually take action. Until May this year! Enrique remembered me and welcomed me as invited speaker to the institute IRyA (Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica) which is part of UNAM. During the 3 years that have passed, Enrique has become director of IRyA and is consequently a busy man, but he put time aside to have long and interesting conversations with me in which we dived into the theory of molecular clouds!

The institute itself is a very warm place, built with an open green space at the center:

Walking around campus I came across a “cosmological playground” and a botanical garden - all protected by a very serious fence.

On my last day, dealing with the challenge that I don’t eat meat, Enrique took me to a fish restaurant where we met up with his family and one of his PhD students. I had a delicious mojarra ala veracruzana:

After that, I ventured out of town in a bus to the nearby village and “Pueblo Mágico” Patzcuaro, because I wanted to go shopping at the Casa de los Once Patios. It was indeed a magical little town and the rain just made it better.

One crazy weekend in Mexico City!

Dates: 2017-06-30 to 2017-07-02