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Creation date: 10/7/2008 14:02
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Focal length: 96 mm (equiv. 156 mm)
Aperture: F5.6
Exposure time: 1/25"
ISO speed rating: 800/30°
Program: Normal program
Metering Mode: Pattern
White Balance: Auto
Flash: Flash did not fire

Mmmmm, ceviche.  Ceviche is a citrus-marinated seafood dish, popular mainly in Latin American countries. Both finfish and shellfish are used; finfish is typically used raw while shellfish is usually cooked. 

Ceviche is marinated in a citrus-based mixture, with lemons and limes being the most commonly used. In addition to adding flavor, the citric acid causes the proteins in the seafood to become denatured, which pickles or "cooks" the fish without heat. Traditional style ceviche was marinated up to 3 hours. Modern style ceviche usually has a very short marinating period. With the appropriate fish, it can marinate in the time it takes to mix the ingredients, serve, and carry the ceviche to the table.

We had this version in Cozumel. It was wonderful with tortilla chips.

Convent of the Nunnery

This is the corners of The Church and the Convent of the Nunnery at Chichen Itza, and is one of the best architectural examples of the Puuc style found at this site.


Creation date: 10/6/2008 11:25
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Focal length: 18 mm (equiv. 29 mm)
Aperture: f/13
Exposure time: 1/400"
ISO speed rating: ISO 200
Program: Normal program
Metering Mode: Pattern
White Balance: Auto
Flash: Flash did not fire

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El Caracol

The Chichén Itzá Observatory or "El Caracol" (The Snail) was dedicated to the study of astronomy and it consists of a tower erected on two rectangular platforms. The Observatory’s name is derived from the unusual stairway inside resembling a snail shell.

The structure, because of its unusual placement on the platform and round shape (the others are rectangular, in keeping with Maya practice), is theorized to be a proto-observatory with doors and windows aligned to astronomical events, specifically around the path of Venus as it traverses the heavens.

Of 29 possible astronomical events (eclipses, equinoxes, solstices, etc) believed to be of interest to the Mesoamerican residents of Chichén Itzá, sight lines for 20 could be found in the structure. Since a portion of the tower resting on El Caracol has been lost, it is possible that the other measurements will never be ascertained to have been observed.


Taken at 11:14:32 AM on 06/10/2008 with Canon EOS 40D, 1/320 sec F/12.91 21 mm ISO-200

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