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So we are finally here in Mexico City!! The flight over was killer, 12 hours in Economy class and not in the fire exit seats we were promised! I managed to get some kip on the plane for about an hour and when I woke up Brendan was making a plan for our trip. Crazy that we started planning on the plane. Ill upload a photo of 'the plan' later, it is basically 4 lines of writing, haha.
Landing in Mexico City is pretty daunting, it is massive, and it suddenly hit home than neither of us spoke Spanish!
The first thing I noticed about Mexico City is the complete lack of regard for the rules of the road. Our taxi driver was totally uninterested whether the lights were on green or red, and just passed through when he saw fit.
We arrived at the Hostel Catedral safe and sound, and were both totally drained so went straight to bed.
Hostel is good, staff are all friendly, however the shower is a complete nightmare! It is like a luke-warm(at best) jet-wash hitting you and it is set on a stupid timer so you need to press a button every fifteen seconds to keep the water coming. You will leave the shower bruised!
We ventured into the city and the first thing that surprised me was how friendly everyone is.
Mexico itself is a mixture of modern and old, and walking along you will suddenly be met with a six foot deep hole in the pavement with no warnings or even attempts at covering them. It is mad. There are street vendors everywhere and our first stop was getting a Taco which was amazing although knowing very little spanish I have no idea what was on it.
We met up with a girl called Tallia and headed to the market which was quite an experience. We saw things like chicken heads and pig heads for sale and bought cactus which, after a local burst into fits of laughter when we ate it, found out it has to be cooked. The local gave us some cooked cactus for free and it is actually pretty good.
We used the metro to get about for $3 a time (about 13pence) and I will warn you that if you use it be sure to get on and off quickly. The doors close with very little warning after a tiny period of time and there is no safety mechanism to stop it if your arm is in there. We had to pull the doors open once when Bend was left outside and without the help of a pretty buff local we would not have got the thing open!
We hooked up with a german guy called Michael and visited the massive Catedral in the main Square which was pretty cool. I would def advise taking the tour up the bell tower, you get to go onto the roof and the views are awesome...
We planned on a quiet night in, however 2 British guys were in our dorm and it was there last night so we headed out with them. Went to see the meriachas(no idea how to spell) and drank tons of Tequila before heading back to our hostels rooftop bar for even more Tequila and beer.
HUNGOVER!! Woke up about 11am and after Bend spewed we were ready for the day. We decided on the Turi Bus which is a three hour ride around all of the main cites and you can jump on and off when you like. Passed by a theme park called La ferria which is well worth a visit. They have a rollercoaster called Montana Infinitum which is easily the best coaster I have ever been on. It did not help the hangover however!
Went out for some food at night but were still pretty rough so headed back to hostel afterwards and went to bed.
Tomorrow we are getting an 18 hour bus to Oxaca Coast, Puerto Escondido. Gonna be amazing, a week of me and Bend learning to surf and just generally bumbing about.