Mexico City Travel Blog› entry 1 of 3 › view all entries
Big, large, gigantic, huge, massive, monstrous these are just a few adjectives that popped into my brain as we cruised 2500 feet above Mexico City. It is by far the largest city I have ever seen with some 25+ million people, a far greater population than the whole of Australia!!!! That scares me! With the initial shock and overwhelming feelings of dread, ¨what kind of trouble are we going to get ourselves into here...¨, I started to get pretty excited, we are in FREAKIN MExxxIIIICO land of somberos, Tequilla, Corona, dirty tacos, lost mayan cultures, catuses, chilli and SUN SUN SUN, not to mention the DIRTY SANCHEZ!!!
Now with my recent airport dramas and my affection for such places we again found ourselves in a few spots of bother! First they sent us to the wrong carousel, then we literally had to walk the equilavent of 5 city blocks within the airport to find an internet place to find a hostel! Once we had the address we proceeded to the taxi rank only to get ripped of by the taxi company and not even taken to the right hostel because apparently the military closes off the entire centro district at night.
So the following day saw us transfer to our original hostel, the new place was so more chilled out with bean bags, cushy seats everywhere, plenty of Tequilla and Corona and some really cool sites in walking distance! We headed out on a bit of a street mission looking for street meat, random eateries and stumbled upon this MASSIVE plaza with the biggest Mexican Flag Ive ever seen! There were plenty of street acts including traditional mayan dancing, fire twirling, people blowing bubbles and this clensing ceremony performed by an indigenous mayan! This was really cool you stand in a circle while this dude blows special smoke (basically different herbs and spices that are being burnt) over you body hits you a few times with bunches of basil or palm leaf, says some clensing words and your done! All in all you come out feeling refreshed.
Like all things in Mexico it was of mammoth proportions, the ceiling was so high and it had the biggest organ I have ever seen in my life! Here people are really deeply moved by their beliefs and every catheral, church or ministry you enter there will always be people weeping, crying, throwing their hands in the air, crossing themselves, talking to statues of Mary, Jesus or some pope that has past on. So it becomes a really interactive place to visit and for those people who think Adelaide is the City of Churches wait to you visit Mexico City they are like a Maccas food chain in Buenas Aires you can find one on every street corner, a church that is!!! After the Catheral we rocked at the Frida art exhibition before heading back to the hostel for food and Coronas!
Now a tip for all you avid adventurers at this time of year in Mexico (rainy season) it is best to head back home before 6.