Mexico City

Depending on how I travel to Oaxaca, I may or may not have time to spend in Mexico City. There's a wonderful rooftop restaurant on the Zócolo I like to visit. It affords wonderful views over the city with its colonial Catherdral.

When I am there, I make it a point to visit Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology. I spend hours there, looking and sketching. The pre-Columbian art is fascinating in that the more you study it, the more you see — talk about multi-layered imagery! After hours of looking and enjoying, I invariably ended up at the museum's café, a gorgeous outdoor patio.

Outside the museum are the Voladores, the flying acrobats, whom I tried to sketch in a way that their graceful swaying movement would come through.

I rarely spend time in Mexico's Federal District — not because I don't enjoy it, but because I'm normally too eager (i.e., too much in a hurry) to get to Oaxaca.