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    • Day6

      The City of Castles

      March 6 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

      What a treat to be in México City. The first three days were difficult on the lungs, not because of the smog but the altitude. Over 7,000ft above sea level. Sleeping was difficult and so was climbing the three floors to the room.
      This city of (from an expanded point of view) 22 million people is actually easy to get around and relaxed. I get up somewhat early and go for a walks. There are very few people about. Its not ‘til 10AM that the shops open and the activity really starts. Once it wakes up, watch the F out! Its like stepping on an ant hill. No matter what day, it just gets so crowded by 2PM.
      Our dining has been varied, street tacos (yum). Renowned Chef (yum). Pizza (yum). Sushi (not the best). Free breakfast in the mornings, what a concept. Love it.
      So far we have done the Zoo, Museums, gentrified neighborhoods, Farmers’ Market. Wait, Farmers’ market was unreal. I have been to a lot of markets and this by far was the largest. Taiwan the most interesting, but México City is by and large the biggest I have experienced. Outside of the fresh veg, meat, spices, popup restaurants and happy people, one can find everything that you can find in any market throughout the world. Plastic garbage toys, fake tennis shoes and fake everything else. It’s amazing in its volume. And sad that this is what it takes for so many of these lovely people to survive. I do ask myself over and over again, who is buying this stuff?
      The 1985 earthquake is still very evident here. Buildings still boarded up, leaning, plaster about to fall from walls many feet above the sidewalks, uneven sidewalks. It goes on and on. We as humans are resilient and it shows here.
      As few small observations before I close this out.
      1. In 1950 the population of México City was just under 3.2M. In 2020 it was assumed to be in excess of 22M.
      2. Most of what is now México City used to be Lake Texcoco, which is better known as the lake surrounding Tenochtitlán. That city was a wonderful creation of the Aztecs. Once the Spanish arrived, the lake was drained to allow for growth. This allowed México City to become the behemoth that it is today.
      3. Today, like many other cities, México City survives on its aquifer. The aquifer is being depleted way faster than the rains can replenish it. In large part due to urbanization of the region and the lack permeable soil. So the city is running out of water.…
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    • Day29

      Days 29 & 30: back to Mexico City

      March 6, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Leaving Tlaxcala takes a climb up a flight of 200 steps so I need to get my breath back before arranging the next and final leg. The bus to the nation's capital takes an easy 2 hours to the eastern terminal. The metro to Sevilla station is anything but easy however; due to delays it's a 15-minute wait to get on the train and the nine stops take a further 45 as more and more people try to pile in. Never again!

      It's a relief to make the short walk from Sevilla back to Any's. Sadly I don't get one of the rooms in the old block but the bonus is that Alfonso the proprietor is back from a business trip. He offers a wealth of information on things to see in this Roma district. And it's not hard to find quirky sights such as this charming statue amid the urban bustle, and how they advertise a burger joint while the lights are red.

      With my final full day in Mexico City, I'm headed for the Mercado Merced, a covered market three times the size of a football pitch. Everything imaginable is available here and the sweet tooth is indulged with a honey stall and sweets sold in 100 gram measures. I can't resist the chocolate---after all, it was first cultivated in Mexico by the Aztecs as "xocoatl". Everything is arranged with meticulous precision. And three football pitches aren't large enough to accommodate it all, spilling out into the surrounding streets all the 15 blocks to the Zocalo.

      After an enquiry of Alfonso about Mexican female singers, he has recommended six, some no longer with us but others very much so. None of his names coincide with another six singers listed in the Rough Guide, so entering a record shop on the pedestrianised Avenida Madero, I am in a quandary. After an hour I find a double CD of a concert performance by three of them (Tania Libertad and Guadalupe Pineda (Alfonso's list) and Eugenia Leon (mine). AND it includes a feature-length DVD. Perfect!

      On the final day I walk to another of Alfonso's suggestions, the Mercado Medellin, less frenetic than the Merced but with a local neighbourhood flavour. After lunch at a Sanborn's in the city centre, I hike down Reforma, a multi-lane avenue shaded by trees and punctuated by pompous statues and monuments. At the last one I run into an all-female demonstration and remember that it's International Women's Day.

      It's a pity to be leaving Mexico City but it's been a hugely satisfying trip. What would be the high spot? Maybe the Oaxaca carnival but there would be many other candidates. The overnight flight to Heathrow isn't the most comfortable and I'm relieved to get home. Waiting for me is a postcard from my brother of the Yucatan site of Chichen Itza, but it's probably only because he posted it from the USA that it's got here. My own postcards sent from Mexico City at the start of the trip still have nearly a month to go!
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      Speak, World

      Oh, I want to go back to Mexico City! Roma seems a very nice colonia indeed. One of the singers you mentioned, Tania Libertad, is also one of my great favorites. However, she is also Peruvian—evidently a dual-national. Her earliest work is the best for me—no rock accompaniment.

      Speak, World

      That Minnie Mouse top, short skirt and high boots is quite an outfit for a market!


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