Mexican Madness

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 13, 2006

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Hi again, We're now coming to the end of our stay in Mexico City having had a week of celebrating Mexican Independence Day, we arrived here and met up with Vinnie and Kylie again. It's really nice to spend time with another couple who have similar interests and are a good laugh. We saw the bringing down of the flag in the Zocalo square which was a military event.. music, marching etc. the only thing you could compare it with in the UK is the Changing of the Guard. It's an important daily event and was good to watch. On Tuesday we woke up very early to get to the Teotihuacán pyramids about 1 hour away from Mexico City. We arrived before the crowds (in fact we think we were the first ones there!!). Construction of the city in which the Teotihuacán pyramids are sited probably started in the first two centuries BC, and the civilisation reached its high point between 350 and 650 AD. It was the largest city in the Americas, and during its heyday around 500 AD, its population was greater than that of Rome at the same time. One of the greatest mysteries of Teotihuacán is that no one knows where the huge population that lived here eventually ended up. It is as if they vanished without a trace. There were 2 main pyramids to see - the one of the sun which is larger than the other one, the Pyramid of the moon. We climbed up the Pyramid of the sun and we had a cute little dog that followed the 4 of us up the Pyramid. After spending the morning looking round the archeologcal sites and the museum we returned to Mexico City. We knew that Wednesday and Thursday's Mexican Indepence day celebrations were going to be huge but we didn't expect it to be so busy in the Zocalo Square on the Tuesday night as well... Mexican celebrations are great as everyone seems so happy, they're family orientated and noone seems to be drunk.. but they are crazy!!! Wednesday was spent looking around the Anthropology museum (a good history lesson about the people of Mexico) and visiting the Zoo, where we saw some Pandas, Bears, and a Black Leopard (Panther). Wednesday night was fantastic.. after Kylie and Mandy donned their Mexican headscarves and mexican glittery false eyelashes we headed out into the Zocalo Square which was filled with people celebrating, dancing, throwing confetti over each other and squirting each other with foam!! It was mad!!! After some yummy street food (of which you can get so much - Tortas (like french bread sandwiches); Chilles Rellenos (stuffed, fried green peppers); Tacos; Sincronizados (tortillas with melted ham and cheese); BBQ corn on the cob) we waited around in the square ready for the President's speech. The crowd were still as active as ever - a group of teenagers behind us were particularly good fun to watch. After the presidents speech (which was the speech Hidalgo made at the start of the mexican war of independence) fireworks went off around the church for about 15-20 mins, they were spectacular... It was great to be in Mexico City on such an important day in their calendar of events. Thursday was parade day.. the parade lasted nearly nearly 2 hours and was mainly a military parade. It started in the Zocalo Square which was ideal for us as our hotel was a 2 minute walk from there. Friday and Saturday were quiet days (shopping, out for a few beers (and tequila), watching football) then today we went to see Americas play at the Aztec Stadium. Fortunately the Americas (one of Mexico City's home teams) won, even so the atmosphere at the ground was great. We are hopefully moving on to Taxco tomorrow - one of the famous silver towns after saying goodbye to Vinnie and Kylie who have to end their 1 year trip in the Americas which will be quite sad as we have had a good time with them over the past few weeks....
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