Hoy Me Voy... y Ella tambien.

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2008

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La Casa de Tito

Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, June 30, 2008

We were off the tarmac in San Antonio by 1300, thank God, as I have been starting to feel like that city is sucking the life out of me. Finally off, for a well deserved (at least in my eyes) vacation to Mexico City with Aislynn, where we have been planning to visit her extended family and do some sightseeing as well. The flight was uneventful, except for the free alcoholic beverages, which one almost feels obligated to take advantage of in these days of not so cheap travel abroad, and on our arrival we promptly hopped in a cab and headed to Coyocan where we would be staying with Aislynn's grandparents. Much to my surprise the weather was much nicer than I expected. Apparently it's the rainy season, and it's sunny in the mornings and rains in the afternoons, so the weather is nice and cool, and the rain keeps the air breathable for those of us whose lungs aren't accustomed to the smog knock life. We were greeted in the driveway by Aislynn's uncle (Gonzalo), father (Italo), and cousin (Eric). We were ushered in and I was given a quick tour, handed a coke followed by a beer not long after and re-introduced to Aislynn's grandma (Manina) and a little later her grandfather (Tito). After enjoying some barbacoa, complements of Gonzalo, I decided to start my vacation off right with a little siesta.

                One must always take note of the things in a country that really stand out to him/her, por ejemplo, one who visits Paris and doesn't see graffiti probably didn't actually visit Paris, France, but possibly Paris, Texas.  So my list for Mexico City is going to have to start with highway on ramps. These suckers are more like sharp left turns into oncoming traffic. Exhilarating, Yes! Conducive with an average life span of 78 years, not so much! On another note, who would have thought that there could be more Starbuck's coffee houses in a single square mile in Mexico City than any other place on earth? At one point driving down the road I could see three separate Starbuck's from my window within 30 seconds. It catches you off guard too, because you are just watching the shops roll by Taqueria, Farmacia, another Farmacia, and then wham... a Starbuck's.  Maybe tomorrow I'll do a Starbuck's count.

                So, after my siesta we headed out to the center of Coyocan to do a little market hopping and see la Iglesia de San Jaun Bautista, where Aislynn was baptized. The whole area was under construction unfortunately and we didn't really get to enjoy the beautiful parks surrounding the church. On top of that, about 15 minutes into our little mosey around the neighborhood it began to rain. Yeah, I love rain, except when I don't have an umbrella, or poncho, or well anything for that matter. Blah, blah, blah. We had dinner, drove to her uncle's house, had some great coffee, and drove back home where I find myself now writing to...hmmm...myself.

                Its time for that special category...yep, you guessed it... Special made-up Spanish phrases of the day. Today's phrases include: 1. Ahorra puede poner su mente por la cama (Now you can put your mind in the bed), I was actually trying to say, "Now you can put your mind to rest".  2. Ace-all-een-a (Aislynna) es muy carro esos dias ( Aislynn is very expensive these days), however this was meant to be a play on words, as adding the a to the end of her name and saying it the way I have so conveniently syllabalized it for you, thus the reference goes hand in hand with the word gasoline.  I hope that wasn't completely wasted on you my friends, because I thought it was pretty clever.  At any rate, I'm tired and it's past my bedtime, so stay tuned for day 2 aka manana.

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