Monday, May 24, 2004

MÉXICO D.F.

My boyfriend and I just got back from Mexico City. It is simply amazing! I live in Chicago and now it seems like such a small place compared to Mexico. It gets such a bad rap. People go on and on about how dangerous it is and what not. Blah blah. I have nothing but good things to say. With a population of 24+ million, it's a very happening city. Lots to see and do. So let's start...with the ANGEL DE LA LIBERTAD...




We stayed in la Zona Rosa which is a great neighborhood in Mexico City. Our hotel, Posada Viena Hotel was in a great location in Colonia Juarez. Pretty much close enough to public transporation, you've never experienced a train system 'til you've taken the metro in Mexico City. Not only is it dirt cheap (by American standards), it's incredibly fast and efficient. We pretty much got around everywhere on it. Below is a picture of us taken at el Templo Mayor in el Zócalo.




El Zócalo is located in the centro histórico. It is a slew of people, markets, shops, etc. As you can imagine we were in heaven. While there we visited el Templo Mayor which are the old ruins that are in the middle of this metropolis. Quite a site to see. Below are two photos. The first in the mercado, and the second of the ruins.






One of my favorite stops was Coyoacán where we visited La Casa Azul, otherwise known as Frida Kalho's house. It was amazing. To be in the very house where the majority of her masterpieces were created was an experience that can not be described.




Another site of interest that has to be seen when visiting Mexico City is the Museo de Antropología (Museum of Anthropology). It contains the original Aztec Calendar, artifacts from the Aztecs and the Mayans and so much more. The trip alone was worth seeing the expression on Rob's face when he saw the Aztec Calendar in person :)






Believe it or not we did not get to experience much nightlife in Mexico City (gasp! shock! horror!) It's a long story. But we did get to go out w/ some new friends. My best friend Alethya is originally from Mexico City so she gave us the hook-up w/ her cousins. So we went out bar hopping and drank tons of tequila. All to my delight :)


So what did we do the majority of our time? Why shop I tell you! Since Rob and I are both CD whores, we were in heaven in Mexico City. Between the two of us we bought at least 100 CD's (that's not including pirated music!!). Let me tell ya about the pirated music in Mexico City. Every corner you go there are bootleg CD's, DVD's (which we bought plenty of), etc. It is bootleg galore! Bought some nicknacks, etc. The one thing I did want but was not able to find were shoes. Everyone in Mexico City has tiny tiny feet! I am a size 12. Granted it's a big size, but it's pretty common here in the States. Well not in Mexico City. The biggest size I could find most of the time was 9 or 10. Needless to say Imelda didn't get to expand her shoe collection this trip. I did find one pair however :) Below is a picture of me in Mix Up the biggest CD chain in Mexico. Holding a copy of Sasha's Siento album. Speaking of Sasha for those of you who cared, I found a copy of her debut on CD the day before I left!




Of course we did not want to come back. But alas we did. Mexico City I will miss you greatly! I hope to go back soon. If I found a job there I would move in a heartbeat! I leave you with some more final images. First is La Zona Rosa where we stayed and the last a view from our cab on the way to the airport.




1 comment:

Bellyflutters said...

Great pics hun, adoro las de tu y Rob - so darn cute!
Glad to see u had some much fun - we have to talk about what selections came in on that cd-whoring spree...
m.