Blogs from Distrito Federal, Mexico, North America


North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 26th 2022

During all of our travels over the last 20 years, we have always strived to do more than sightsee, and truly experience the culture of the places we are visiting. What better way to become fully emersed in the local culture than by the food they eat? Today, was a day devoted to total emersion in the food of Mexico. But first, alarms went off at 5:30, sounds early, but I had the best night of sleep since I can’t remember when, so getting up was not so difficult. Besides I got to finish yesterday’s blog have some coffee and watch the sun rise over the National Palace and Zocalo. They were also raising the flag for the day. We started our food emersion with breakfast in the terrace restaurant. Breakfast is included in the room ... read more
raising of the flag
Breakfast buffet

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 25th 2022

This entry is actually being done on the 26th, after the day of travel I was in bed by 9:30 and exhausted. The day started very early, we were up at 4:30 and at the gate by 6. In hindsight we could have probably slept another 45 minutes, but you never know what the lines will be like a Newark Liberty Airport. The airport was packed, I think many travelers did what we had done and came down the night before to insure they made their connections. The weather was a bit cold and freezing rain. It delayed our flight by about 30 minutes as all planes had to be de-iced. That is not a comforting thought for me, I don’t like flying that much in the first place, but add an extra procedure and my ... read more
The Welcome
The Room
View from the Room

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City January 22nd 2022

Many Americans enjoy turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. My family and I, however, enjoyed Mexican food as we traveled to Mexico during my Thanksgiving break. Ever since Chicharito waved at me at a soccer game, I have acquired a love for Mexico-the country even being my second favorite national soccer team after Brazil. But anyway, the first night we stayed in Mexico City with my dad’s friend, Ralph, and his wife and son, the latter of which has an impressive collection of soccer jerseys. We arrived later in the day, so we walked a bit to a restaurant for dinner in this large sqaure to end the night. The next day we drove to a town called Tequisquiapan, but before that we visited Teotihuacan which I think is a very fun word to say. ... read more

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal September 19th 2019

Unfortunately today we say goodbye to Benjamin and Wilko stays with us. After the usual 1/2 hour of arguing we finally agreed to do a walk from Roma up to near Centro. Mexicans are not only short, but there are more dogs than Mexicans (and they aren’t for eating). Any walk in the city is like an encyclopaedic excursion through different dog breeds. Today we even saw a blue cattle dog! We walked through the redlight district (pretty tame) checked out some lovely plazas and Art Deco and colonial style buildings. At the Plaza de la Independencia they had a publicdance thing which was fun and most of the streets are blocked off for the independence celebrations. The winged statue of liberty has been defaced by feminist protestors, I'm pretty sure they been deal with appropriately. ... read more
Independence Celebrations

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 18th 2019

Guest bloggers Catherine and Louise Benjamin Schliemann had put together a rather ambitious touring program of which we almost managed to tick everything off aided by Marco our competent driver First stop barrio of Coyoacán - home to Leon Trotsky, Frieda Kahlo and Cortes. Clashing opinions over the optimal route ensured Wilko with his trusty map and Chris ‘never been here before but know the way’ Never quitefound Cottes house, then came across a very colourful building with hundreds of people waiting around the outside. Much ‘discussion’ as to what it was but the bright cobalt blue colour should have given it away it was Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul ( blue house in Spanish) a must see in Mexico but a 1 1/2 hour ... read more
Beer Me!
Bald Dogs

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 15th 2019

Today we decided to walk up to the Archeological museum, Catherine's sister Louise and her husband Benjamin are arriving from New York. Breakfast was something I can't remember the name of with beans and ham and cheese in a hollowed out bread role with a hot salsa on top. Wilko took over directing with his trusty map and before you knew it we were confronted with an 8 lane expressway with a 6 foot wall that needed to be scaled in the middle. Wilko and I made it across in a daring run leaving the girls on the side of the road. While we waited a Mexican guy came up them and told them it was really dangerous to cross here (no shit Sherlock) and showed them where the crossing was. We were on the perimeter ... read more
Indiana Jones
Chiles de Nogado
Awful Beer

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 14th 2019

Carlos' call woke me this morning, apparently Steve Smith failed to get the 200 runs required. Let us down again. I forgot to mention that Carlos actually has a wife although he never introduced her. She is at Coca Cola, she is Fillipino, but doesn't speak Spanish. I asked her whether the office spoke Spanish and she said "they do now" so I guess she is senior. At breakfast an older American lady sat with us she arrived in a fit of coughing and I told her she'd better not make us sick. She did give us a recommendation for good coffee so at least we were able to cross that one off the list. Today we are driving out to Teotihuacan to look at the Pyramids. Our driver Aryton did the 1.5 hour trip in ... read more
Buying Juice

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City September 9th 2019

It's a beautiful day in Sydney as we wait for the Wilkinsons to arrive at the airport. Predictably the train from Roseville was running late and Wilko had to wait 10 minutes for the guy beside him to finish his SMH. I believe they are currently just trying to find how to get to the Business check in from the railway station. Becs and I are having a leisurely breakfast and a champagne. The flight was uneventful with a 4 hour break in LA for our flight to Mexico City. AeroMexico Business was surprisingly good, kind of like Emirates but better, the only disappointment being that they didn't serve Mexican food. First impressions of Mexico are very positive. Firstly everyone is very short, including our party (except Wilko) which means I can tower above most of ... read more
Bikini Girls
Dwarf Throwing

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 10th 2019

Frida Kahlo probably is the most internationally recognized Mexican artist, not only because of her unique paintings but also her controversial political and lifestyle. Her home, Casa Azul (Blue House) is the museum about her life. The tickets for Saturday was sold out online so we got to the museum early and stood in line for tickets. Lucky for us we got in. The blue house was where Frida was born and grew up with her family. She contracted polio at age 6 that caused her right leg to be shorter than the left. She was refused by a teacher to participate in school dance due to her uneven legs. This incident impacted Frida’s life and she wore long skirts for most of her life and never considered herself beautiful. Another tragedy struck her when, at ... read more
Frida Kahlo front door
Stand in line to get tickets
Casa Azul garden

North America » Mexico » Distrito Federal » Mexico City February 4th 2019

Little did we know that our timing sucked, it was a public holiday (Constitution Day) which meant not much was open including all the museums! We had three whole days in Mexico City so we didn't really want to waste a day. We started off by walking around the neighborhood we were staying Roma Norte and into La Condesa. Lonely Planet talked up the architecture in the area and named a couple of streets in particular as having nice old buildings but we failed to see it. The best part about the neighborhood is that it is safe and has plenty of nice eateries of which we took advantage of for lunch. We next ventured to the park but found that was locked too, who the hell locks a major park on a public holiday! So ... read more

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