Dream comes true!
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I was in Mexico first time in summer 2001, tipical holiday that everyone dream: withe sand, blu sea, palms and relax. I came out from the village a couple of time just to visit some Maya site. And it was love!!!!
I discovered a wonderful place that you never think to find there. Or, better, you know, but not exactly that. Luxury nature, history, legend and unbelivable people.
So after some year I decided to come back avoiding beaches and relax. My dream was to visit the "true Mexico". Me and Tacho (is there where this nickname for my friend Augusto is born) spent three weeks crossing the country by bus. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!
Mexico City is a shocking city. Bigger than you can imagine. As consequence...the traffic is your first welcome! But you don't care, because everything and everybody seems to smile at you! Unlike the other cities I visited in the world here in Mexico City also the poor neighborhoods seems happy and rich of colors and not grey and sad.
The Hotel is in the center, sure, but in a city of 1.400 square kilometers the center is almost like a medium city in Italy.... We decided to start to walk to get closer to the main square of the city, El Zòcalo. Crazy! We couldn't stop! Everything was so amazing around. It was strange, we were walkin, walking, walking without talking, only looking around. Runnig people, steady people, smiling people, thoughtful people. People, people, people! Boundary of our steps is the alternation between the old and the new. Elegant old spanish-style neighborhoods dissolve harmoniously into modern cathedrals of consumerism. And vice versa!
Paseo de la reforma is an incredible long street that connects west side of the city to the center, 12 kilometers! On the side of the eight lane road you find several shops, houses, parks, monuments and business buildings.
Is hard to decide where to start to admire that square, so you turn around on your feet like a carousel! On the right la Catedral Metropolitana and the Templo Mayor, on front the Palacio Nacional, on the right the Palacio del Ayuntamento.
On the northern corner of Zòcalo there is a lovable market where you can find a lot of nice souvenirs or crafts. You can deal on prices, assuming that you can talk (due to the loud music in the market)!
The day went away fast, we were tired but excited and so we found to came back to the hotel walking again, more than one hour ..... Insane! Before collapsing we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a mexican restaurant. Great atmosphere, Mariachi included!
Morning after we planned to go to Teotihuacàn, the biggest pre-columbian archeological site in North America. The place is about 40 km from Mexico City and we decided to reach by bus instead of a taxi, wanted to feel more mexican as possible.... It was a great trip, not because confortable, no absolutely not, but because we had the chance to meet lot of lovely people, lot of funny, lot of crazy.
Just when we passed the entrance to the site of Teotihuacàn, we were "attacked" by some souvenir dealer. I will never know how they can understand so easy from where you are. We didn't talk and they said "hey amico, italiano, compra questo per tua moglie, per la tua segretaria, per la tua amante.
You never know how big is the site before you visit for real. It was a city, a metropolis, built in 300 b.c. on 30 square kilometers, something like Bristol - Virginia, for around 200.000 people, something like Santa Barbara - California. Walking on the Avenue of Dead you are immediatly attracted by the sight of the Pyramid of the Sun, on your left and the Pyramid of the Moon on the background.
The Third day we asked to the hotel to have a driver available for all the day. So we met Rogerio, a very nice man, who accepted to drive us in the most important, for his opinion, places in the city (excluding Zocalo). All this for 50 USD! Incredible! Only problem was the language, because Rogerio is an only spanish speaker....but it was funny, spanish is similar to italian and we managed arranging sentences in italospanish.
But, hurry! At 20:00 the bus (ADO - http://www.ado.com.mx/ado/index.jsp) is ready to drive us in the mexican night!
See you in Oaxaca!