Buenos Dias de Mexico

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

After drinking until around 2am last night I had a much needed lie in until about 11am. When I eventually surfaced from bed I was amazed that the free breakfast was still going! They normally finish by about 8am so I got stuck in before setting off to see the town.

Haven't got a guidebook for Mexico (Green Bible only covers the Chiapas and Yucatan provinces) so just walked around the streets aimlessly to see what I could find. Checked out the cathedral which was pretty nice although mass was on when we were there so I felt really bad taking photos.

Once back outside we walked around the Zocalo, which was actually pretty big, waiting for the wind to pick up so that we could see the giant flag flying. There really wasn't much to see in the Zocalo. There was a small market selling Spanish books and a protest for the fraudulent election the week before. Apparently there was a big protest in the square on the Sunday.

Decided to just walk around the back streets and see if there was anything around. A couple of nice buildings and more protests but not much else of interest. We were feeling really hungry though so sat at a local street vendor and had some hotdogs wrapped in bacon fat! Yummy but not very healthy!

By now it was 2pm and we had seen pretty much everything in the city proper. The only other sight I had been really looking forward to seeing once in Mexico City was the ruins of Teotihuacan so we decided to visit them today rather than tomorrow. They offer a really expensive tour with the hostel but I hate taking tours so hit the metro again and went towards the north bus station.

The bus station was a complete maze and we had no idea which desk was for our destination. It took 20 minutes to find the right desk and we were soon on our way. The outskirts of Mexico City are full of Shanty towns and it looked like a complete ghetto. Still good to see them though as the 35 million have to live somewhere!

I was impressed with Teotihuacan. The pyramids are the biggest in the world, although they are short and fat rather than tall. The altitude in Mexico City (2100m) really took it's toll as I was running up and down the 2 big pyramids (Pyramid of the Sun and Moon) and it started pouring with rain when we got to the top of the second one. Had to hide in a shelter for 20 minutes before it calmed down and we could head back to the bus.

We had seen everything we had wanted to see in Mexico City and so planned to get out tomorrow and go further south to Acapulco. However, when we looked online we found all the hostels were full so we would have to spend another day in DF. Oh well, we could be stuck in worse places.
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