By now you have likely heard about the earthquake that caused property damage, injuries, and deaths in Mexico City and the state of Puebla on Tuesday.  This one followed on the heels of another earthquake about a week and a half before, near the border of Mexico and Guatemala.  I am fine and we didn’t feel a thing, although it shook me up a bit to receive bits and pieces of the news from friends as I was trying to do a code update via webinar.

I was in Mexico City just a couple of weeks ago, and we stayed in an area of the city that was one of the most heavily damaged in this week’s earthquake.  I love Mexico City…the amazing architecture, restaurants, shops, and green spaces.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post about one of my road trips, so this seems like an appropriate time, as my thoughts are with those who are trying to recover from the earthquake.

Here are some of my favorite doors from our trip.  Scroll down, because there’s an unidentified item that I need help with at the bottom of the post.

“Hey Mom!  Look what I found!”

So many arched doors…I love them!




Red doors…



And some linear / art deco / geometric styles:



I don’t think the original hinges were meant to carry the weight of this applied steel panel…

Attention to life safety! Woohoo!

A repurposed trowel…

This door was in a bookstore / cafe, and we noticed one of the waiters ducking through it to get to the storage room.  That seems a little inconvenient!  (That’s my 11YO, Norah, for scale.  Remember her?)


While we were in Mexico City, we went to a musical theater performance in what looked like a warehouse converted to a large theater.  This was the lobby as people waited to get to their seats.  The only exits are waaaaayyyy down at the other end.  The exit sign is above the window to the left.  Yikes.

I’m not sure what’s going on with this giant curb…

I think some of the graffiti is beautiful…authorized or unauthorized…

And here it is…the unidentified item I mentioned. I have my suspicions, but does anyone know what it is?


With tragedy comes the opportunity to teach kids to give and inspire adults to do what they can to help.  In this photo, my daughters are writing messages of hope and support on our donations of diapers, baby food, toiletries, and canned goods.  I will be shopping for more later today, on behalf of friends and family who saw the photo on Facebook and asked to donate.  All of these items will be boxed up with those collected by our kids’ classmates, then packed on the trucks with donations from our town.  The trucks will join the others heading to the affected areas, where first responders and civilians are using hand tools, buckets, shovels, pick-axes, and dogs to remove debris and search for survivors.

“The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better” ~ Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

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