The Largest City in the World

Trip Start Dec 08, 2004
Trip End Dec 07, 2005

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Thursday, December 9, 2004

Hola amigos!!!

Were safe and well and in Mexico city! Well what can i say? All those horror stories and warnings of it being the most dangerous place in the world have vanished from our minds!

Obviously you have to be cautious and don't do anything stupid like walk around at 3 in the morning carrying all your cash! But this place is a true gem! A tail of beauty and the beast, dirt yet cleanliness, war and peace, colour and grime and just about any other opposites you can think of.

Every day is market day, every paving stone and curb side is a potential shop or restaurant. Anything you can imagine you can buy here or if not the stall next door will sell it. Every night is a party.

We are staying in the Centro Historico, on the Zocolo the main square in Mexico city where the palace, government buildings and cathedral are. Its always filled with street artists and buskers and the street food is gorgeous. We had cactus and chicken tacos with 7 chilli salsa for breakfast today!

The smog makes it hard work on the lungs and head. Michael Palin describes the place as a city of 20,000,000 million inhabitants that smells like they have all farted at once. I have to agree. It has taken us about 4 days to aclimatise to the altitude. We haven't slept properly as we keep waking up feeling like were suffocating as there isn't much oxygen at 2,300m above sea level, but we're gradually getting used to it. Its a good reason to give up smoking the whole unable to breathe thing!

Anyway Mexico is fab so far the city has been an excellent introduction to travelling! We have amused many locals with our poor Spanish but have some how muddled through and made friends with a few street stall owners we visit a lot. The people are so friendly here so its a good sign.

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