Feliz Anos Nuevo

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
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Trip End Aug 02, 2013


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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Sunday, December 30, 2012

...And it was... They miss-placed Simons bag! How many times is it ok wear one pair of jocks?

Walking into the lobby of Hotel Geneve was stepping into elegance evoked by classical European style. It's floor to ceiling book cases filed with leather bond books and the bars decorated with objects reminiscent of days gone by made it feel like it was more of a beautifully appointed museum then a hotel. Hotel Geneve was built in 1907, it is one of the oldest hotels in Mexico and is one of the most beautiful hotels we have ever stayed in. After checking in, we met my parents in the hotel bar before heading out for our first dose fajita and mango margaritas! Its rather a strange feeling to be meeting your parents on the other side of the world! 

Just outside of Mexico City are some amazing ruins known as Teotihuacan or Place of the Gods. The name comes from the Aztecs who believed the site was a sacred place full of myths and legends. 

There are three entrances to the Teotihuacan. We wanted Puerta 1. We had been dropped at Puerta 2. With over a kilometer of distance between the two gates and it being a mighty hot day we decided we had two options, an expensive 5 minute taxi ride or a very well decorated cart being pulled by a donkey. Of course we went for the donkey! Our driver, a local old man, surprised us by singing Spanish songs as he navigated the donkey down the road. A donkey and singing!? Definitely kicked ass all over a taxi!  

After walking, climbing, being hassled and ripped off (?) by souvenir vendors all day we decide it is time to tackle the pyramid of the sun - Teotihuacan's most impressive structures. We head to join the back of the line. It went around the corner, and then around another corner, and then on... and on.... and on..... It was one of the longest lines we have seen!! After a little deliberation it was decided the expected view over the entire archaeological site was worth the wait. After waiting an hour and with only 45 mins before the last bus left back to Mexico City we had hardly moved. We come to the conclusion that there is just not enough time. Missed out! Later we found out that on Sundays the locals have free entry to the site. Definitely not the best day to visit for tourist! 

We rung in the New Year with many many mango margaritas, a mariachi band, Mexican dancing, and 12 grapes. It is the tradition in Mexico to eat 12 grapes, one on every stroke up to midnight. As you eat you make a wish on each one. This, after the many mango margaritas, proved quite difficult. On the 12th stroke my mouth was very full and I had concentrated so hard on getting them all in that I forgot to think of my 12 wishes.

FELIZ ANOS NUEVO!

P.S. Thank you to my parents for making the journey to share an awesome New Years in Mexico City with us!! Xx
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Sandypants on

Yay.. I just found all your blogs, i couldnt see them when i looked on my phone but they come up on the computer. Sounds so cool.. have you been eating Nachos? Do they drink corona? I guess you can answer all my silly questions when you return. xxxxxx

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