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Love & Tequila Amid the Sun + the Moon – Mexico

In the light, late-afternoon rain, high on tequila, on the peak of the Pyramid of the Sun, we declared our love.

We’d only been together, 4 days.

In bed, in bars, around Mexico city, it’d been 24/7 together.

Strangers in a surreal swirl of instant attraction, despite her being 16 years younger.


Love & Tequila on the Pyramid of the Sun


Embracing, gazing at ancient stone and mountains at dusk, receiving – what some claim, the mystical energy of Teotihuacan.

Or maybe we’re just seized by a half-liter of liquor on empty-stomachs?

(Which, we drank from a plastic branded water bottle, so not to arouse suspicion of illegally drinking alcohol and hence, breaking the rules of this archeological site).

That day, we had the site nearly to ourselves, arriving late afternoon.

No crowds. Plenty of space.

By the evening, we were the last to be whistled – ushered out of the park; drunk, but not obvious.

Tranquility and bliss at the Sun and Moon pyramids at Teotihuacan in Mexico - 2009.
Tranquility and bliss at the Sun and Moon pyramids at Teotihuacan in Mexico – 2009.

Love Hotel, Tequila & Idiocy


In the nearby town, we stayed in a multi-mirrored, love motel.

Intense loving-making ensued into a blur and I remember later that Maria had passed out and I could not wake her, unable to feel her pulse.

Panicked, I picked her up and doused her under a freezing shower.

She awoke, startled.

I thought she was dead.

Maybe she had been?


Love & Problems on the Pyramid of the Moon


The next day, we awoke without hang-overs or breakfast and started back early to be the first people in the park.

We had it to ourselves for a couple of hours.

Four friendly dogs followed us – the guardian spirits of Teotihuacan

And they howled atop of the Pyramid of the Moon, as we climbed up and beyond the allowed area (unlike the Sun Pyramid, the peak here was off limits).

There, we sat in wonder as the early morning mists lingered on the mountains.

I had in mind to make love, us alone, looking down the vast stone avenue to the Pyramid of the Sun.

But it didn’t happen.

After 30 minutes of awesomeness, we saw an angry policewoman below.

Heard her whistles and shouting.

We clambered down to be scolded, had our tickets canceled, and were escorted – kicked out of the park by 9:30 AM.

I didn’t mind, as I was starving, and we’d seen most of what we wanted to experience.

Love and Tequila Amid the Sun and the Moon – really, who needs anything else?

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MRP ART – 2009: Love & Tequila amid the Sun + the Moon.

BACKSTORY: I met Maria (name changed) via this blog when were we both in Korea. We soon met at a bar one afternoon before she returned to her native Mexico.

Later, we wrote emails over the months – nothing heavy; just friends – until I hit the road for Central America and then arriving in Mexico City, we met up again.

See my surreal art of the ancient places from travels during this relationship: Manic, Mystical MesoAmerica

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NOTE: Jimmy was commenting on the original blog that displayed pictures of myself and *Maria* (whose name and image I later removed for her privacy).

Facts about the Pyramids of Teotihuacan


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MRP ART – 2009: The Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead as seen from the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan.

A relatively unknown civilization completed the Pyramid of the Sun around 150 AD and it’s the world’s third largest pyramid, standing at the heart of of Mesa-America’s biggest empire: Teotihuacan.

The rest of the city developed between 250—600 AD, but by the 8th century the empire had collapsed.

Later, the Aztecs thought the Gods had sacrificed themselves here to make the sun move, and that Teotihuacan was where the world had begun.

Travels in Mexico – 2009