Back to Mexico City

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , The Federal District,
Friday, September 16, 2011

The next day, feeling a little worse for wear we get a bus back to Mexico City which takes only 6 hours despite landslides on the roads and it being a holiday. We're back to Hostel Amigo.  We go for the evening stroll to find all the protestors had been removed from the main square and it now seems to be the main congregation point for people milling about the streets although nothing is happening in the square.  There’s a high police presence on the main streets and they line up across the street so you have to walk past them - I think their way of keeping an eye on everyone.  We go to Sanborns for dinner, which is a big old fashioned department store but it has a courtyard restaurant in an old cantina style. We get some good Mexican food and drinks here but before heading back to the hostel.

We realise we haven’t ventured very far in Mexico City yet and so the next day we visit a couple of the more residential areas.  This involves taking the metro which is pretty easy but ignoring the many people selling things, begging or playing loud music to sell cds is a bit more challenging.  Coyoacan is the first area we visit, which has a large plaza where everyone is milling about, eating roasted corn on the cob (must be a favourite Mexican snack) or ice cream.  We try tortas (Mexican sandwich) from Coyoacan Tortas.  It’s a bit of a wait for them to be made up but they are stuffed with meat, avocado, beans, salad and mayonnaise – very tasty and we didn’t need to eat for a while after that!  We then took a walk round the area, considered going Frieda Kahlo’s house but there was a queue outside and so instead we went to a cantina called La Bipolar for a drink.  A quirky bar/restaurant decorated with plastic crates with an upstairs terrace that wasn’t actually outside... Cantinas used to be the old men pubs of Mexico City but are now coming back into fashion and so there are many new ones popping up, this one was owned by a Mexican actor.

Next we go to Condesa which is also residential but has many bars and restaurants and is the centre of the nightlife.  It’s not really to our tastes, as it’s got a bit pretentious with valets in service for every bar and restaurant (including Starbucks!?), dress codes and big shiny bars.  We eventually find a nice restaurant/bar off the main street called Don Keso where we have a couple glasses of wine.  We then pick up some snacks from El Greco, which does Turkish kebab style tacos – very tasty.

For our last day in Mexico City, first we go to Bellas Artes building which is a large art deco style building and has a theatre and exhibition space.  We see an exhibition by Raphael Coronel, a Mexican artist who has an exhibition for his 80th birthday.  He has a wide ranges of styles and subjects and so it’s interesting to see, some of his portraits are even a bit spooky.  Then we go to Chapultepec Park.  It is a large park in the city which has a boating pond, a zoo, several museums and plenty of market stalls (we’re about done with markets, especially in Mexico where tack rules).  We get some food from the stalls – another torta, and then head to the Modern Art Museum.  It was interesting to see as all artists were Mexican and a lot of the work had strong Mexican or religious symbolry.  We also tried the Museum of Contemporary Art which was unfortunately closed.  A quick wander around the Polcano area, which is where all the designer shops are and then back to the hostel to pack up our stuff for tomorrow.

For our last night in Mexico City we go for some drinks and tacos at Salon Corona and then back to Sanborns for food.  Jonny finally tries fajitas as we haven’t seen them in any other restaurant in the whole of Mexico and I have some prawns and Mexican rice – all very tasty and a good finish to Mexico.  We think we would have to vary our diet a bit more if we stayed in Mexico longer as the cheaper Mexican food doesn’t vary too much but can’t complain as it is available everywhere!  

It's time to move on from South America to a new continent - North America. We've had a great time in South America and enjoyed every moment of it. Here are a few random facts before we move on: We've been on 52 buses since 12th April, travelling a total of 22677km, for 406 hours (equivalent to nearly 17 days!). In addition - 10 flights, over 16300km distance and 35 hours. But - it has all been worth it!
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