Mexico City in a cápsula

By Lola

How do you condense a city of nearly 20 million souls in a nutshell? First off, you make it a time capsule. Then, according to the AP, you include “a small case of wax blessed by the Pope to prevent mishaps,” an engraving of Saint Bárbara (more protection against damage), testimonials by various heavyweights including Ochoa, Fuentes and Nobel chemistry laureate Mario Molina, Octavio Paz—as well as neophyte brainiac Andrew Almazan Anaya, a boy who entered university at age 12 last year—plus a Mexican flag, a copy of the constitution, current newspaper editions and recordings of popular music. Add a big ol’ fiesta and a pinch of the appropriate dignitaries and voilá: a megalopolis in a cápsula.

By the way, my pesos bet that Luis Miguel and Alejandro Fernández are both on that CD.

The original time capsule was left in the bell tower of the Metropolitan Cathedral back in May 14, 1791, to “mark the placement of the building’s topmost stone, 218 years after construction began.” The local albañiles found it when they were restoring the church late last year.

Nifty, ¿no? (pronounce the latter in Spanish, please)

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