BACK IN CHAPALA - A TOWN OF 20,000

Trip Start Feb 19, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Monday, March 12, 2007

AM BACK IN CHAPALA FROM MEXICO CITY.  IT SORT OF FEELS LIKE BEING BACK HOME AGAIN. AM GOING TO PORTO VALLARTA TOMORROW.

COMMENTS ON MEXICO CITY:
SAW THE PYRAMIDS NORTH OF MEXICO CITY - THE LARGEST IS AS LARGE AS THE LARGEST PYRAMID IN EGYPT - CLIMBED TO THE TOP OF IT - THEY HAVE STAIRS GOING TO THE VERY TOP THAT WERE BUILT BY THE ANCIENTS - 4 FT. OF PLASTER AND STONES WERE ACCIDENTALLY REMOVED FROM IT IN 1910.  THEY DO NOT KNOW WHO BUILT THEM OR WHY THEY BUILT THEM. THE PEOPLE WHO BUILT THEM ABOUT 300 BC DISAPPEARED COMPLETELY WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE AS TO WHO THEY WERE FOR REASONS THAT ARE COMPLETELY UNKNOWN  - ALIENS?????  - PRETTY SCARY EHHHH????
THERE ARE OVER 200 PYRAMIDS THERE - THEY ARE CALLED TEMPLES BUT THEY LOOK LIKE PYRAMIDS - THEY ARE VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY  IMPRESSIVE. YOU HEAR VERY LITTLE ABOUT THESE PYRAMIDS OUTSIDE OF MEXICO. IT IS LIKE THE  ~COPPER CANYON~ IN MEXICO, WHICH IS LARGER THAN THE GRAND CANYON - YOU JUST DO NOT HEAR MUCH ABOUT IT OUTSIDE OF MEXICO - WILL TRY TO SEND POSTCARDS OF THE PYRAMIDS OF THE AVENUE OF THE DEAD (LONG STREET OF PYRAMIDS) TO THE CHOSEN FEW.

POLLUTION IN MEXICO CITY IS BAD - THEY SAY  THAT BREATHING THE AIR IN MEXICO CITY IS LIKE SMOKING 20 CIGARRETTES A DAY, JUST IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD  BE LIKE IF YOU REALLY DID SMOKE - HOWEVER, THE POLLUTION COUNT HAS GONE DOWN FROM 240 TO 90 (WHAT EVER THAT MEANS, AT LEAST IT IS GOING DOWN) IN THE LAST 15 YEARS SO SOME SOME OF THE POLLUTION HORROR STORIES ABOUT MEXICO CITY ARE PROBABLY OUT OF DATE AND NO LONGER ACCURATE. CAN ONLY DRIVE YOUR CAR WITH EVEN LICENSE PLATE NO.`S ON EVEN DAYS AN ODD LICENSE PLATE NO.`S ON ODD DAYS - ANOTHER REASON THAT I AM GLAD THAT I DID NOT TRY DRIVING THERE.

THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY,  BIG CHURCH THAT I SAW PREVIOUSLY WAS NOT THE BIGGEST CHURCH IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE  AFTER ALL - BECAUSE NOW I HAVE SEEN THE REALLY BIGGEST CHURCH (MEXICO IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG ON REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG CHURCHES). IT IS THE CHURCH OF GAUDALOUPE WHICH WAS COMPLETED IN 1976 AND IS IN THE MODERNISTIC STYLE.  IT IS THE BIGGEST, HOWEVER THE OTHER OLDER REALLY, BIG CHURCHES ARE MUCH MORE IMPRESSIVE BECAUSE OF THE ART WORK INVOLVED IN THEM.

BADDLY BEATTEN-UP GREEN VOLKSWAGEN TAXI´´S ARE THE NORM IN MEXICO CITY - MAKES SENSE WHEN MOST OF THE TIME THEY ONLY HAVE ONE OR TWO PASSENGERS - THEY ONLY HAVE TWO DOORS AND THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT IS TAKEN OUT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET INTO THE BACK SEAT - SO THEY ARE IN EFFECT 3 PASSENGER CARS.

WHEN TAKING THE BUS FROM MEXICO CITY BACK TO CHAPALA I HAD TO GO THROUGH A METAL DETECTOR (EVERYONE DID, NOT ME SPECIALLY), WAS FRISKED, WAS FRISKED AGAIN JUST BEFORE I GOT ONTO THE BUS BY A FEMALE SECURITY AGENT, WHO SEEMED TO BE ENJOYING HERSELF IMMMENSELY AND THEN THE POLICE CAME ONTO THE BUS AND TOOK MY PICTURE. THEY  DID THIS TO EVERYONE ON THE BUS, NOT JUST ME, EXCEPT MAYBE THE BEING FRISKED BY A FEMALE SECURITY AGENT PART. APPARENTLY THE BANDITOS LIKE TO BRING THEIR BIG GUNS ONTO THE BUSES, HIJACK THE BUS THAN ROB ALL OF THE POOR SUFFERING BUS PASSENGERS - THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN EVERY DAY OR EVEN THAT OFTEN, BUT IT DOES HAPPEN OFTEN ENOUGH THAT THE AUTHORITIES ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND ARE TAKING PREVENTIVE MEASURES  -  IT MUST BE FUN BEING A BANDITO - AT LEAST UNTIL THEY GET CAUGHT. 

THAT WILL BE THE LAST TIME I AM TAKING THE BUS IN MEXICO - NO MORE BEING FRISKED BY FEMALE SECURITY AGENTS FOR ME.

GOING TO PORTO VALLARTA TOMORROW, FOR A WEEK.

THAT IS ALL FOR NOW
VIVA LA MEXICO
MEXICO DAVE
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