I survived Mexico City!

Mexico City Travel Blog

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Aztec celebration / ceremony at the zocalo.

A spur of the moment decision led me to Mexico. I had great hesitation before I boarded as from the time I booked the ticket till waiting at the airport, people I met would tell me what a dangerous place it was. They would tell me people have been kidnapped, robbed and killed. It was almost like I was going to war. But, being a cheapskate, I’m getting on the plane no matter what because I already paid for the ticket.

 

I landed in Mexico City late afternoon. After freshening up at the hostel in the Centro Histórico, I was ready to hit the dangerous streets of Mexico City, armed with a pocket knife that my sister had given me.

Aztec celebration / ceremony at the zocalo. Love the shoes!
Like one of those silly tourists that I used to point and laugh at, I carried my backpack in front of me and held on to it as if it was a floating device. Paranoid? Me?

 

But soon I was carried away by the architecture and the atmosphere of the city. The buildings, though mostly tilted and understated, were just as captivating and impressive. I could have spent hours wandering the streets, but my paranoia kicked in so I went back to my hostel. Tomorrow’s itinerary has been set.

 

The city was quite lively when I got up early the next morning. The zócalo were filled with people arranging flowers and rehearsing. I later found out that it was an Aztec celebration and ceremony. I spent a few hours being mesmerized by the smell of the sage, the sound from the drums and the dancing. At one moment, while the ceremony was going on at one end of the zócalo, a silent protest was on the other, then joined by the daily lowering of the flags with the military. The impressive thing was that it all carried on peacefully.

 

I stayed at the Mexico City Hostel, just behind the Catedral. Not too social of a place, and sometimes the TV is turned on so loud that it's impossible to sleep. Breakfast is so-so. But, it was cheap (USD$10 in a dorm room) and clean.

The tour I got with Hostel Catedral. I wasn't all that happy with them as they quote different people with different prices. DO NOT pay for the entrance fees when you buy the tour as you would then pay twice! No use arguing with the tour guides as they would just not let you in if you don't pay (again).

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Preparation for the fest
Preparation for the fest
Voila!
Voila!