Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City Travel Blog

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After another long and comfortable nights sleep, we awoke to another cool morning. We had considered going on the free tour around the museum but figured that there probably wouldn't be anyone joining that one either and didn't think it was worth it. Instead we headed into the city again to explore the areas we missed the day before.

As we wandered through the cobbled streets we began to smell the delicious aroma of homemade Mexican snacks. The smell was too much to resist and we stopped off at one of the street stalls to try some real Mexican cuisine. I ordered some cheese and chicken quesadillas and watched as they were prepared from scratch. One of the things I had been nervous about prior to reaching Mexico was my ability to communicate in Spanish, as it has been 7 years since I last spoke/learnt it, but it seemed that understanding it was much easier than I first thought, however speaking is much more difficult (perhaps due to my lack of confidence in doing so). People seem to be very patient with me (and probably most tourists) and my poor Spanish and I think they appreciate the effort of trying to speak the language.

As we continued to the end of the avenue we came across a statue of Jesus, watching over the people going about their business. Directly opposite was the sculpture of a skeleton wearing a dress, holding a handbag and behind a table laiden with offerings of alcohol, cigarettes, flowers and money. Bemused, we continued along the street and discovered an area which looked like it would have fitted in next to Harrods or Westminster in London.

There were grey stone buildings adorned with gold leaf and antique lettering with crests carefully carved into the stonework. With heavy dark wood doors, wrought iron balconies and contrasting red awnings, the buildings made you feel like you had been transported back in time. Delicate black lamp posts topped with frosted glass lampshades and bronze embelishments  finished off the effect.

We walked to the nearby park to discover a small market with local handicrafts and a few games stalls. Fab noticed a 'shooting range' and for 25 pesos he had 15 pellets to shoot little metal objects of a shelf. The first two shots missed but then he was on a roll shooting every single one of the metal pieces off the shelf one by one. We wished we'd videoed it, as it looked like something from a Western movie!

As we continued through the park, a police officer on horseback rode by. He was wearing a sombrero type hat and stereotypical clothing and looked very Mexican. The horse was clearly unhappy, walking all over the place and almost standing on people's crafts laid out on the floor, but the policeman was not going to give up easily.

We found a seat and relaxed in the afternoon sunshine. After a while relaxing, we noticed the trees had posters nailed to them with people's faces printed on them. They must have been 'Wanted' notices, which was less than comforting as there were more than 10 different faces emblazened across the trees, probably wanted for grisly crimes (or so we assumed).

Upon exiting the park we realised we had virtually seen everything the tour guide had recommended the previous day, and as we were tired decided to head home. We walked through a large open air street market, where you could buy everything from fruit and vegetables, to clothes and DIY equipment to books and hardcore pornography. For such a Catholic country, with 90% of the population being followers, it was quite a surprise to see such graphic images on display.

We had a nice evening relaxing and got our things packed for the journey the following morning.
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