I've been getting spotty internet access the last two days and I left my camera's USB cable at home, so there will be a slight pause in posting until I resolve both of these issues. But the institute officially kicked off last night with a reception that included some delicious local foods, many made by our institute's director and hosts, and a wonderfully sleep-inducing mezcal drink. We had opening lectures today and will be traveling tomorrow to both Monte Alban and Mitla with Professor Spores, an authority on Mesoamerican archaeology. As soon as I get reliable access -- I'm typing this up on my iPod -- I'll post photos.
Hasta pronto and stay in touch on FB!