Day 1 - Early Start

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I woke up sooooo early, just look at it.

Be prepared because my writing is going to make the jabbberwocky sound perfectly logical...

I woke up early, sometime near 4 a.m. so I could get a shower and start (almost literally) throwing everything inside my bag. I definately know that waking up that early with only a couple of hours of sleep is nowhere near healthy, but meh. At 5 a.m. sharp (or so he claims) Carlos arrived so we could make sure we had everything we needed and leave for the airport right away. I think it took us about 30 minutes to get to the airport and that is nothing really. Then again, it was still dark outside so why would anyone else bother with driving at that hour! I really don't know how do we dare to call it the "Ciudad juarez international airport" because it is nowhere near international.

Me resting in a couch-esque sculpture thingy
It apparently is a two story building, but don't let that fool you. It only has 4 gates to the planes, so my guess is that in 3 minutes you can go around the airport and be back.

When we finally got on the plane I started reading this little magazine that was on my seat but I eventually realized that this two-hour flight was my only chance to sleep for a while. I feel asleep for like an hour and woke just in time hear the pilot say something about low visibility and that we will make a first attempt to land at the Toluca airport and if we didn't succeed we would continue flying and retry landing in twenty more minutes. Fortunately the pilot did manage to land on the first attempt even if it was kind of a  rough landing. When we arrived to the small Toluca (didn't realise how small it was untill a week later) international airport we quickly found the exit and got on a bus to Mexico City's WTC.

me and the angel of independence

After waiting for a while for Cuauhtemoc to finish having his breakfast, he finally arrived where we were and gave us a ride to our hotel (the hotel that he had reccomended us). After he left we just unpacked everything in our hotel room, had a smoke and left to find somewhere to eat. It is weird how sometimes posibilities seem to dissappear when you're desparate and we just ended up eating some tacos right there on the street. However, we did wander a lot around the hotel and we thought there was nothing else to eat. After eating we wandered for some more time as I wanted to see what was near the hotel but we actually walked in the direction where nothing interesting was. After we got a decent map and kind of lacated where we were we left the hotel again and went to the one monument whose exact location we knew - the monument to the revolution - and it was just in front of our hotel.

me and the monumento a la revolucion 2

We continued to walking without a sense of direction and when we thought we wereb lost we found a cementary and my reaction was immediate "Look! There's something and is free!" And so, that's how we found the San Fernando Cementary-Museum, it has the graves of all this famous Mexicans that had a huge part during the revolution along with some other historic characters. After I finally admitted I was lost, we started looking around and I saw the Latinamerican Tower at the distance so I finally knew where the historic centre was, but I decided for going back to the hotel so we could look for other landmarks instead because the historic centre would take us much more time than what we had left of the day.

When we finally got walking in the right direction (that is all through reforma) we got to see a palm tree which is called "La Palma" and when we continued walking we finally found the Angel of Independence.

san fernando cementary
There were people preparing the stage for Miss Universe so we didn't get too go inside what is "the world's smallest museum", but we did use the opportunity to take some pictures. We continued walking on the same avenue and we finally found the Diana which is rather small and we had a hard time taking pictures of it. It is a landmark anyway so we did our best.

After we finished our "little" walk we went back to the hotel to rest a little while I called Cuau so we could go and drink a few beers. We met on the Alvaro Obregon Street and Cuau told us it was part of the Colonia Roma (Roma Neighborhood) which he could only define as the intelectual part of the city (in fact he used the word 9 times). After we had a few beers we returned to our hotel when the clock was near 2.30 a.m. and went almost diretly to sleep.

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I woke up sooooo early, just look …
I woke up sooooo early, just look…
Me resting in a couch-esque sculpt…
Me resting in a couch-esque sculp…
me and the angel of independence
me and the angel of independence
me and the monumento a la revoluci…
me and the monumento a la revoluc…
san fernando cementary
san fernando cementary
A graffitti that says Bush Assasi…
A graffitti that says "Bush Assas…
Benito Juarez rests in peace there
Benito Juarez rests in peace there
Ignacio Zaragozas grave thingie
Ignacio Zaragoza's grave thingie
Vicente Guerreros tomb
Vicente Guerrero's tomb
me at the monumento a la revolucion
me at the monumento a la revolucion
monumento a la revolucion
monumento a la revolucion
Carlos at the monumento a la revol…
Carlos at the monumento a la revo…
Follow my finger and youll find t…
Follow my finger and you'll find …
Carlos and the hunting Diana
Carlos and the hunting Diana
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angel of independence 3
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carlos and the angel of independe…
Carlos sitting on two big hands
Carlos sitting on two big hands
Angel of independence 2
Angel of independence 2
Angel of Independence
Angel of Independence
Carlos resting on some couch-like …
Carlos resting on some couch-like…
Monumento a la Revolucion
Monumento a la Revolucion
Carlos looking geeky =P
Carlos looking geeky =P
Carlos and I at the little bus tha…
Carlos and I at the little bus th…
Carlos semi-asleep at the airport
Carlos semi-asleep at the airport
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Some old people dancing at the si…
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Some camping to protest outside t…
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