Puerto Escondido - Day 3 & Mexico City
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June 29th, 2007 – by: Belluomo
Unfortunately, we had a plane to catch and there was only time to hit the internet cafe, enjoy a lunch on the beach of hamburger and pizza and cerveza before taking one last stroll, catch the last of the surfers trying to ride the "angry waves" (3rd best surfing in the world overall, but #1 for the speed of the waves), and then pack up our things for a ride to the airport to get to Mexico City. We'd found a flight that seemed worth the $180 as opposed to a 13 hour bus ride. On the way I made my first Spanish joke to the taxi driver. I said that it wasn't "Puerto Escondido" anymore (Hidden Port), but rather "Puerto Descubierto" (Discovered Port).
We landed in Mexico City or "Distrito Federal" to dark clouds and rain. Jerry had been reading in the Let's Go Mexico book about the climate there and apparently we were coming in smack dab in the middle of the rainy season. It is supposed to rain for a few hours every afternoon to early evening almost every day. The immensity of the city at 20 million people can take your breath away, especially seen from the air. It seems to stretch out to infinity in every direction, only hemmed in by the surrounding hills, but even there the sprawl spills and crawls up the slopes of the hills. It's truly a site to behold, the immensity of humanity in that mega-city. We shared a car ride with a Polish couple to the hostel in the center and as soon as we got there I discovered that a bus was leaving for Mexican wrestling.
Our driver was wearing a mask himself and our guide was a very excitable Mexican fellow. We weren't allowed to bring cameras and I was envious of those that had camera phones. I would have loved to have captured the atmosphere. In the end, it was something like a WWF match I would imagine, although with the addition of masks and names such as "Rey Misterioso" and "Mistico" and "Il Tiburon". There was the usual 16 man last-man standing rumble and a fight between some pretty tough ladies (not in masks).
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