Mexico 05

Trip Start Aug 02, 2004
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Trip End Sep 25, 2005


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Thursday, May 5, 2005

We officially departed South America and hit Central America when we landed in Mexico City - one of the worlds largest cities after Tokyo and New York.

We had expected that Mexico City may be big, ugly and gritty - not dissimilar to Lima but we were surprised when (whilst hooning through the city in a taxi) there is a lot of parks, scenic plazas and squares and historical buildings. Aesthetically is quite a pleasant city (for us anyway).

We ended up spending 5 days in Mexico City, a few more than we had originally anticipated, unfortunately because of Shaun spending some time in hospital (see below). We also headed to Accapulco, Mexico´s first and foremost beach resort town with a view to spend some time recharging and to chill before we hit the USA. Acapulco has golden sand beaches and being only 4 hours from Mexico city, it is the weekend holiday Mecca for the Mexicans who flock to its hotels and high rise apartments.

What we saw and did:
- Walked the Reforma in Mexico City and headed into Zocalo exploring all the monuments, plazas, colonial buildings, historical remnants, etc that are in the city. We also bumped our way through the local markets in the surrounding areas which are bursting at the seems with buyers and sellers of everything imaginable.
- Watched the staying power of the protestors on Reforma who occasionally resorted to mooning cars and full nudity to get there message across (we could only make out repression and reform on a banner - nothing new there!)
- Experienced the Mexican health system when Shaun spent a day in hospital (in Mexico City) for persistent gastritis and chronic chest pains. After a full spectrum of tests (blood, endoscopy, you name it) there is still no explanation for the persistent gastro which has hung around since last year.
- Hung out on various Acapulco beaches
- Watched the famous Acapulco cliff divers perform their nightly rituals by plunging into the depths of the pacific ocean from heights of 25-30 feet.
- We rode the buses (we call them "party buses") that ply the roads throughout Acapulco - these buses are big, bright and loud with colourful neon lights, spray painted graphics and cranking stereo systems.

Insights into Mexico:
- Mexican food is not what you expect it to be (and that is not a compliment)
- The ABC hospital is the best in Mexico City and offers equivalent service standards that you would expect in Australia etc
- Acapulco beaches have jet skis and speedboats everywhere - so look out!

Favourite things about Mexico:
- The Acapulco party buses - crank it up!
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