Colonia Juárez

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  • Day109

    Lucha Libre in Arena México

    February 18 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    After a day of looking at fine and contemporary artwork in the highly refined museums of the historic centre, we decided to immediately forget everything we'd seen and go watch some wrestling!! 💪😎 Lucha Libre is the second most popular sport in Mexico (after football obv) so its a huge deal here. It's also kind of a big deal for me and my family, all because of a highly underrated B-movie starring Jack Black called 'Nacho Libre'. So needless to say we were both pretty excited! We started by meeting a group of other tourists and heading to a bar where the locals gather to drink and dance before watching the Luchadors. We were given literal bucketloads of a traditional drink derived from tequila (which was absolutely rank unless diluted with gallons of fruit juice) but no amount of alcohol would be enough to get me to go up and start dancing salsa 😂
    Afterwards we all got to pick our Luchador masks from a bag. We picked out some questionable ones but you pretty much get what you're given! Once inside there were already some warm up matches going on. Even though it was a Tuesday night there were still loads of people and a really good atmosphere. The arena itself is amazing and they created quite the spectacle. Not to mention the incredible Luchadors! In Mexico you have to go to Lucha Libre university for 4 years before you can compete professionally 😯 so the stunts were awesome. There's good guys and bad guys but we just ended up cheering for anyone pulling some sweet moves! We had a great time being part of something that not only is hilarious and fun to watch, but an integral part of Mexican culture... We also got to experience real life Nacho Libre which was pretty cool! 😆
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  • Day300

    Mexico City Part 1

    May 25, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    From Flores, we had to fly back to Guatemala City for six hours before catching a flight to Mexico City. We had anticipated the airline requiring proof of onward travel so we were prepared this time with a fake booking from Mexico City to Panamá. And it worked! During the long layover, we amused ourselves, as airport itinerants, passing the time away with a few episodes of a Mexican telenovela or Peppa the Pig in Spanish. We had even set-up our own home office in the food court. Before we knew it, we had boarded our Interjet flight and were on our way to Mexico City for one night. This would be the first of many stopovers in Mexico City as we tour the different parts of Mexico. Mexico City is the hub for all domestic flights, and flying seems to be the easiest and safest way to travel across some parts of the country.

    Next stop: Morelia
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  • Day14

    La Cocina de San Juan

    October 28, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Manche würden sagen, "cheat day"... Immerhin keine gar so krasse Verschwendung von Futtermitteln. Tiertransporte? Massentierhaltung? Eine interessante und zum Teil schmackhafte Erfahrung. Sehr cooler Koch/Inhaber... #govegan 🐜Read more

  • Day0

    Day 1

    October 28, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    For Brittany's 30th, we decided to avoid Halloween and check out Día de los Muertos south of the border instead. Thanks to our Southwest companion pass, the flight to Mexico City was quite cheap. Some Marriott points came in handy as hotels were pricey due to the festivities and the F1 grand prix. We sat next to a guy that was headed to CDMX (ciudad de mexico) for his bachelor party and who happened to be a chef in Telluride. We talked about our upcoming reservations at Pujol (one of the acclaimed best restaurants in the world - located in CDMX) and he recommended some favorites in LA and San Diego.

    After a 5 mile drive that took an hour due to traffic that appeared to be worse than our current hometown's, we arrived at our hotel. The Marriott Reforma is in a bustling part of town, the Zona Rosa, that is close to a variety of shops, restaurants and bars. We also discovered that the first annual Día de los Muertos parade (first thanks to the James Bond film Spectre) will take place a short distance away.

    We walked to Mercado Roma, a modern food hall, for dinner. We tried a tostada de callo (scallops) and an empanada de pescado with two Pacificos to wash it down. Next we tried a torta vegetariana that had eggplant, cheese and avocado and 2 artisanal Mexican beers. The flavors of the torta really stood out, complemented well by spicy pickled vegetables.

    Following dinner, we decided to join the long line at the churro stand. Fortunately the friendly couple in front of us showed us that you order first and then wait in line to pick up your food. After around 30 minutes, we were almost up to pick up our churros and Mexican hot chocolate. The couple in front of us started having an intense conversation with the churro chef. I was able to recognize a few words from a TV show we recently started watching (Narcos), such as "hijo de punta," "pendejo," and "tienes juevos"? That's when I realized it wasn't just a friendly conversation. We figured out later that the couple was mad because the chef/cashier had let several people bypass the long line. To top it off, the chef got a slap before the couple stormed off. He was so shocked that he left our churros in the fryer a little too long. They were a bit crunchy but still good...
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  • Day130

    Auto fahren in Mexiko

    January 3, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Bevor wir einen Mietwagen in Mexiko gemietet haben, erfolgten eine umfassende Recherche im Internet, diverse Gespräche mit früheren Mexiko-Besuchern und intensives Lesen der Sicherheitshinweise im Reiseführer. Mexiko ist nicht gerade ein Traum für Auto fahrende Touristen. Nach einem 5-tägigen Selbsttest können wir sagen: Wir haben es ohne einen einzigen Kratzer am Auto überlebt (ok, ein kleiner Steinschlag hat einen Kratzer in der Scheibe hinterlassen, aber der fällt zwischen Fliegenmatsch nicht auf. ;)) Ohne Johns hervorragende Autofahrkünste wäre es allerdings nicht möglich gewesen.
    Die meisten Mexikaner fahren relativ gesittet. Aber in den Autobahnen klaffen riesige Löcher, die Fahrbahn geht plötzlich in eine staubige Schotterpiste über, die aussieht wie ein Schweizer Käse oder der eigene Fahrstreifen wird gerade neu geteert (man kann ja in der Gegenfahrbahn fahren, aber nur solange bis jmd. entgegen kommt). Außerdem blinkt niemand beim Überholen bzw. eigentlich haben Mexikaner fast immer die Warnblinkanlage an, um vor der nächsten (Stau)Gefahr zu warnen. Die Standardgeschwindigkeit liegt bei ca. 110km/h, selbt wenn nur 80km/h erlaubt sind. Direkt an der Autobahn gibt es Bushaltestellen, Personen laufen am Fahrbahnrand (auch wenn es keinen Standstreifen gibt), Fahrradfahrer radeln vorbei oder überqueren die Autobahn und die Polizei kommt mit Blaulicht auf dem Standstreifen entgegen gerast.
    Die Militärpräsenz ist ebenfalls hoch. Auf der Ladefläche steht immer ein Soldat mit den Händen am Maschinengewehr, das auf dem Fahrerhaus verankert ist. Gewarnt wurden wir außerdem vor Straßenblockaden und korrupten Polizisten, die für nicht begangene Straftaten Geld verlangen. Deshalb haben wir uns immer unwohl gefühlt, sobald ein Polizeiwagen in Sicht kam. Wir haben aber niemanden interessiert, da Mexiko gerade ein viel größeres Problem zu lösen hat: Die staatliche Tankstellengesellschaft Pemex (es gibt keine andere) hat zum Jahreswechsel die Benzinpreise massiv erhöht. Silvester gab es deshalb endlose Schlangen an den Tankstellen, sodass teilweise das Benzin alle war. Premium-Benzin kostet nun 93 Cent statt 74 Cent und die Mexikaner protestieren auf der Straße. Statt 4,5h haben wir von Guanajuato 9h gebraucht, weil diverse Straßen gesperrt, verstaut oder durch LKWs blockiert waren. Selbst eine Mautstation hatten die Protestanten eingenommen. Wir sind gespannt, wie es in den nächsten Tagen weiter geht. In Mexiko-Stadt war heute eine Markthalle fast komplett geschlossen, weil die Verkäufer von außerhalb durch die Blockaden nicht in die Stadt kamen.
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  • Day22


    January 3 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    If there's one thing that every tour guide and blog say you must do in Mexico City, it is to attend a night at the fights. Not just any fights, but the Mexican version of the WWF, Lucha Libre, where the majority of the combatants are masked and sport all sort of colorful costumes.

    Lucha libre differs from the WWF in that the majority of the matches were two or three member tag team, best of three fall battles. The referee seemed to be in the ring only to count "uno, dos, tres" as at times all the wrestlers were in the ring at the same time with no intervention by the ref.

    But what sets this variety of the sport so far apart from the Hulk Hogan version is the level of acrobacy practiced by the fighters. These very large men and women were continuously flying through the air, turning cartwheels and leaping from the top rope to crush their opponents. They would fling each other about the ring, delivering thunderous slaps to the face and wrapping their legs around each others necks before performing a twisting maneuver to spin their adversary to the mat.

    The Mexican fans are rabid for the sport. About half of the crowd in the jam-packed arena was wearing a replica mask of their favorite fighter. When the bad guys would win a fall, there were loud choruses of boos and whistles, but when the good guys took a match, the cheers were deafening.

    We were seated next to the broadcast booth and even one of the commentators was masked. We figure he must have been a retired wrestler who provides insider color commentary for the broadcast. Of course. His true identity must remain a secret.

    In fact, the worst thing that can happen to a luchador is to have his mask removed. This occurred on two occasions on this night and both were met with audible collective gasps from the audience as the fighter struggled to conceal his face while attempting to retrieve his mask.

    The women wrestlers may have been female, but they surely were not ladies. The bad gals were every bit as vicious, acrobatic and ruthless as their male counterparts.

    The whole spectacle lasted just a little over two hours and provided the best entertainment bang for the buck I've ever had.

    I will surely return to the arena on my next visit to Mexico city and, who knows, maybe I'll even spring for a mask and call myself "The Roch"!
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  • Day1

    La Ciudadela

    July 27, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Este mercado de artesanías existe desde su inauguración en los juegos Olímpicos de 1968 en donde se estableció como una exposición de feria temporal. Esta ubicado en la avenida Balderas y es considerado el más grande y mejor mercado de artesanías de todo México, pues allí llegan artesanías de todos los sitios del país a un muy buen precio. Se parece mucho a los pasajes de artesanías de Bogotá. Queda muy cerca caminando desde el centro de CDMX.

    En las puertas del mercado, sobre la calle, encontramos una exposición de botanas (pasabocas) típicos mexicanos, el cual no pudimos resistir probar. Este puesto tiene tanto dulces, como frutos e insectos secos y picantes.
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  • Day0

    ¡Bienvenidos a México!

    May 15, 2015 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Finally made it to Mexico City and my very cute hostal after a delayed, turbulent flight and waiting over an hour at customs.

    The city looks enormous from the air (which it certainly is) and I'm super excited to explore tomorrow. Hopefully the storms let up...this window-rattling thunder is intense!

    Advice for anyone heading this way: use Sitio 300 taxi company from the airport and be sure to talk them down from their initial "tourist" price.
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  • Day14

    Lucha libre

    July 9, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    There is nothing more Mexican than a night at the wrestling.
    It's usually a family affair, where the whole family can enjoy the experience of throwing your favorite swear words around. Hahaha 🤣
    Litre beers, popcorn, good company, and laughs.
    I love how athletic the wrestlers are and the energy.
    Absolute cracker of a night and all for a whopping $20.
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Colonia Juárez, Colonia Juarez

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