Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End May 09, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mexico City, the same old whirl of people, smog, beeping horns and bumper to bumper traffic. It takes a lot of getting used to having to leave the house two hours before you intend being anywhere. Suppose it doesn't help that we live in one of the satellite cities north of the distrito federal. Safe to walk around if you were so inclined, but nobody does, I feel my calf muscles starting to melt away again.
The main zocalo, apparently the biggest in the world, was impressively decked out for the Day of the Dead celebrations. Each of the hundreds of neighbourhoods around the city prepare an ofrenda, usually consisting of some food sculptures and costumed skeletons- the dead Montezuma statue was my favourite. We had decided to spend the day seeing the city on the turibus, a relatively new concept that escorts tourist around the city on double decker buses in the style of their London or Rome equivalents. Only in Mexico though- we were foiled post-zocalo, when all the streets were suddenly closed off due to an impromptu demonstration by failed presidential candidate Lopez Obrador who had decided to mount yet another rally on the privatization of Pemex/why he should be crowned Leader. Cue a 3 hour journey home involving battling our way on foot through furious office workers, squeezing onto overflowing buses and shivering waiting for someone to take pity and escort us the last stage of the way. This city is far too big!
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