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Trip Start May 07, 2011
Trip End May 15, 2011

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Flag of Mexico  , The Federal District,
Friday, May 13, 2011

Took an executivo bus back to Mexico City after doing some shopping Thursday and having our last breakfast and swim at Oaxaca Ollin. Clara made us a lovely breakfast and then we were on our way.
Unfortunately the Ollin can't compare to the Treehouse but it isn't their fault.  Nothing can now compare to the Treehouse!! It's pretty much hands down my favourite place to stay; with the Chateau Laurier coming in second.
Anyway, off to Mexico we go.  We arrived mid afternoon. Steve took some dramamine to ease the nausea and felt a lot better than the first trip.
We met some new people when checking in.  Daniel, a polyglot from Portugal, Paolina, on a work thing from Washington, DC. but originally from Quito, Ecuador.  Also, Carlos, in town to scout a location for a documentary.  He lives in Barcelona.  My next big trip!!  Or maybe my second or third, can't decide.  If only I had all the money in the world, then it would be easy.
So nice to see Victor, and Ernesto again.  And of course, Abril, the dog.
We had some last minute things to squeeze in before we left on Sunday.
First was the Museo Antropologia and then the Palacio Nacional.  At the Antropologia we saw so many things but wisely had narrowed down ahead of time what galleries we wanted to focus on since we didn't have the whole day to spend there.  Also, it can be overwhelming wrapping your noggin around so much varied history. 

Lunch was in the zocalo area at Cafe Tacuba.  Not the most amazing meal, just standard fare, but the atmosphere was nice. There were some guitar players in the cafe while we ate.  The decor was very "Mexican" which we enjoyed. 

We then visited the Palacio Nacional.  This is free to the public with photo i.d.  There are a lot of police around as you can tour the Presidential palace essentially.  They give you access to the dining rooms and meeting rooms of the president and the hallways have portraits of all of the past Mexican rulers.
Very beautiful inside; quite ornate and mostly European in design.  Each year the current president goes out onto the balcony and greets the public by ringing a bell to remind them of the revolution when they gained independence.
I really enjoyed the Diego Rivera murals which circle the halls.  So much detail goes into each one.  Here you can see Frida behind her sister Cristina who Diego was having it off with at the time of the painting.  Shame on you.
And so back we went through the city via subway to our Condesa neighbourhood.  The last night we had another meal at Tizonzita for those amazing pastors.  Carlos from Spain joined us.  Our other friends had gone to San Miguel and Ernesto was out with Melanie from Austria.
What a good group of people.  We really lucked out while staying there.
That night unfortunately Mr. Montezuma himself found us.  At approximately 11 pm we were hit with a stomach bug.  I think it was my carelessness in suggesting a drink from a roadside stand.  We mistakenly forgot and drank it with ice; duh.  Then we paid for it all night and for several days after. Steve was worse off than me; he had the stomach cramps two days after we got home.  I am reluctant to mention it though because it didn't spoil our vacation.  We still had an amazing time; my only regret is how we missed that last awesome looking breakfast at the Treehouse!
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