Day 15: Mexico City

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an empty zocalo on Christmas day

Christmas in Mexico City is a strange experience. The usually busy, dirty, noisy city was completely deserted. Here and there we encountered a lost car or pedestrian, but for the rest the city was eerily empty.
The Zócalo, the always busy square in front of the cathedral, was just so weird without the people. This was my fourth visit to the centre of Mexico City (including last week's) and had never seen the square anything less than crowded. It was just so odd. You could just cross the street without fear of being run over. Just surreal.

We found a branch of VIPS (a Mexican fast food chain) which was open, and we had a very nice, long Christmas breakfast there.

After this we had a long stroll through the centre, but everything was closed, so there wasn't a whole lot to do.

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After midday the city gradually came alive and by 4 PM the city was as busy as always. The shops remained closed, but at least the bars and restaurants opened up again. The daily market at the Zócalo also opened up again so that Robbel could also experience the daily bustle of this city.

 

Late in the afternoon we took the subway to the Bosque de Chapultepec, the huge city park at the edge of the centre. This was a great place to spend the afternoon, as about half Mexico City seemed to be spending Christmas here. The park was packed with people and market stalls alike. Market stalls which all seemed to sell the same thing: food (choice between tacos, ice cream or fried porc skin), CDs, clothes or little gadgets. That was all the diversity there was on offer at these 500+ stalls.

In the evening we had delicious Fajitas in a restaurant close to the hotel. Perhaps not quite a Christmas dinner, but evenso very tasteful. I figured a glass of whisky after dinner would make the evening perfect, but unfortunately they didn't have any. However, a glass of 18 year old Tequila tasted just as good, or maybe even better!

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an empty zocalo on Christmas day
an empty zocalo on Christmas day
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