Blogs from Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, North America

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Today it was to be a day to walk around and look at stuff . Given that it is the weekend the zoccolo and the streets were full of people. Vendors of all kinds , musicians , magicians , various indigenous groups drumming, dancing and smudging . There were also tarot card readers that all seemed to take seriously . There are 4 young Swedish boys here who seem quite overwhelm by it all . They have chosen to hang out on the 5 floor terrace away from the crowds . I do think it is culture shock . I went looking for and found a museum I had seen last time I was here . It is a government museum of art and It holds pieces that artists have given in lieu of taxes . ... read more


I have not gotten any notifications that my posts are being read although 11 people have read them . Please comment to let me know who is receiving them . Driving here from Morelia was painless . The senior fare for the 4 hours was 250 pesos @17 $ Canadian . It is interesting as the cab fare into the city (which took nearly an hour ) was 160 pesos and the charge for 2 days on the on/off bus today was 230 pesos. Well worth the money . Each of them . It was exciting driving into the city and starting to recognize my surroundings. It is unusual for me to revisit places as there are so many more places to see in this world but they felt like the right thing to do . ... read more


What an excitement! To be honest, I have not met anyone so far who does not have aspiration of viewing Machu Pichu at least once in life time. I recall when I used to live in Toronto in my green days, I always wanted to see Machu Pichu. Couldn’t fulfill my dream for one reason or another, but ‘a true love doesn’t die’. So when YYC travel deal announced a US$350 return to Lima from Calgary inclusive of taxes, I almost fell from my chair in the office. Wow! No, this time I had to convince Suman to come along with me…I was determined. These kind of tickets don’t survive long…there are plenty of vultures like me who just wait for such a deal. Knowing that Suman will push back as much as she could I ... read more
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Op donderdag hadden we een relaxdag. We moesten kleren wassen en voornamelijk uitrusten van een aantal zware dagen. Dus hebben we uitgeslapen. In de middag ben ik nog naar een museum gegaan dat in de buurt was, en daar heb ik vooral genoten van de architectuur. Het gebouw was vanbinnen helemaal in de art deco stijl ingericht en ze hadden overal passende muziek wat ongewoon is voor een museum. Daarnaast hadden ze vooral veel muurschilderingen, waaronder een van Diego Rivera. Die muurschildering was zo aanstootgevend dat hij ervoor uit de Verenigde Staten werd gezet. Ik kon alleen maar genieten van de prachtige schildering. Daarna hadden we een Thanksgiving diner waar we voor uitgenodigd waren. Dat is niet bepaald een traditioneel Mexicaans feest maar ik had een Amerikaan ontmoet die heimwee had en ik zeg nooit nee ... read more
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Kiersimme museoita. Jukka lähti aiemmin. Kävin yksin Templo Mayorissa, jossa oli siis ollut azteekkien palatsi. Käytiin sitten yhdessä kahvilla ja kaljalla ja jatkettiin Bellas Artesiin. Tapasin siellä meksikolaisen kaverin. Kävin hänen kanssaan taidemuseossa ja näkötornissa. Ilma oli onneksi taas parempaa kuin pari päivää sitten.... read more
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Aamun ohjelmassa oli rahanvaihto ja paikallisen puhelinliittymän hankinta. Illemmalla oli tutustuminen metroon ja ruokailu Cesarin kanssa.... read more
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Its official... Bogota has now overtaken Manila in the city with the least photographs taken. the only ones were when I was in the air, and at the departure lounge! After leaving Salento we had to catch our flight from Bogota and of course.. you must visit the capital if you can! We had met lots of people who said it was rubbish.,.. and it kind of was. Very cold - about 11 daily and 4 overnight, i checked and glasgow was warmer while we were there! And not really much to see. I didnt really feel scared, but there was so many police you kind of wondered if it was only safe because of the police. We didnt do much, had a big night out, then a hangover, then just kicked about. IT was also ... read more
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When Biran Tharpa described Couchsurfing as an economy of trusthe unwittingly unearthed a frame that has become increasingly apparent as our travels continued. The world is a big and there are many humans living their lives, both individually and collectively. It is no stretch of the imagination to accept that, from the mountains of Nepal to downtown San Francisco, most people are just trying to lead a happy existence. Yet during our travels there has been a single voice emanting from people across countries, a voice that transcends cultural and national boundaries yet is intimately tied to them, and that is the voice of distrust. Danger lurks just beyond the border. When explaining our onward plans to people we met and stayed with in the US, responses sometimes included warnings about the danger in Mexico. It's ... read more


Après un vol pendant lequel le steward, pris d'amitié pour les Frenchies que nous sommes, nous aura mis bien à base de sucreries et de flasques de Jack Daniel's, nous arrivons à Mexico, un autre monde. L'auberge dans laquelle nous nous installons s'élève sur 6 étages, avec une terasse sur le toit donnant sur la grande place du centre historique de Mexico City. Après le 1er petit dej - buffet, nous visitons le Templo Mayor (ruines et musée aztèques en plein centre de Mexico), la cathédrale, puis goûtons à nos premiers Tacos. Nous ferons dans l'aprem un tour en city bus que nous allons vite regretter. Nous découvrons une ville surpeuplée (1/4 de la population du Mexique vivant à Mexico et dans sa banlieue), polluée, et à l'architecture pauvre. Étouffés par la chaleur, nous finirons la ... read more
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Back home sitting in the sunshine watching the shadows on the snow marvelling at how beautiful it is at -26C ...I do like it and have the clothes to deal with it . SO MUCH better than the balmy mild CLOUDY ,CLOUDY , CLOUDY depressing days of January . At least one can dress for this weather and soak up enough solar energy to function with a smile . Finally ready to post some photos . Again I took way to many and it is hard to chose but here goes ... in batches based on location .... read more
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