Together with 18 Million Mexicanos

Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Aug 31, 2008

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mexico City, one of the most populous places on the face of the earth. We were greeted by a begrudging smile from our cabbie at the bus station, the traffic and smog...ahh, back in the city and we embraced it, starting each of our mornings off with Starbucks.

We toured through the various neighborhoods (by foot and via Turibus) including, the posh Polanco, hip Condesa and artsy Zona Rosa. We spent a day traveling outside of the city to Teotihuacan, the famous pyramids constructed by the Zapotecs. [the largest pyramid in the world (by volume) is not in Egypt but right here at Teotihuacan.] Before the pyramids we visited the Templo of Guadalupe, which is revered by the Mexican people and a pilgrim destination for many. Supposedly, the cloth by which God revealed Guadalupe (Virgin Mary) to Juan Diego is located in the temple, drawing thousands of people a year. Thereafter and before heading to the pyramids, we tried some of the local tequilas and mezcals - always a good idea before climbing the temples! We strolled around the temples with our new found Polish companion (living in Berlin), Mariusz, whose life long dream was to bike from NYC to Buenos Aires. He departed the city in September, passing through beautiful Asheville for a week, and made it to central Mexico before deciding there was more to life than white and yellow lines; so he continued on by motor transport, donating his bike to a local street kid.

The rest of the time was spent walking the Zocalo (central square) - impressive and actually the largest city square in the world; dragging Alex from the Zara store kicking and screaming; visiting a few of the art museums; and locating as many of the Mexican murals as possible, which are scattered throughout the city - works by Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco and Tamayo.
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