Distrito Federal aka Mexico City

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
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Trip End Sep 01, 2006


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Thursday, August 3, 2006

Loving Mexico City! Andres and I are staying at the Mision Hotel Zona Rosa. We walk to a promenade with restaurants, shops, nightclubs, etc. Further, on Reforma Blvd., there are protests in support of Andres Lopez Obradorīs appeal for a recount. These protests are blocking traffic and slowing business, but they are making for interesting tourism. We had lunch today at a restaurant above the zocalo in the Centro Colonia where the old presidential palace and the main church are. There pictures of communist leaders hang over the marching protesters. The buildings there are very grand, especially the Catedral Metropolitana, which is the largest cathedral in Latin America. Earlier today we took a bus to the ancient city of Teotihuacan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teotihuacan). This tired us out pretty well, as the area of these ruins is quite large.

Mexico City has many beautiful places, and its streets are filled with pedestrians, vendors, and performers. The subway system is surprisingly luxurious. The trains are very quiet on their rubber tires and the station floors are mostly marble. Some long corridors we walked between trains today were lined with photos of human fetuses at different stages of development, microscopic organisms, and various reptiles, mammals, and birds. One section was dark and the ceiling had images of the major constellations. Iīm surprised by the public luxuries in this city. The food is very good and inexpensive. The computer keyboard is confusing.

Hasta la vista!
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