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Colonia Roma

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  • Day12

    Ceļā uz Ciudad de Mexico

    February 20 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Šodien praktiski sākam kustēties māju virzienā. Pirms pametam skaisto San Cristobal pilsētu, rīta saules staros uzkāpjam pa ieliņu augšup līdz baznīcai, kas uzcelta kalnā tā, lai visa pilsēta būtu pie kājām. Interesanti, ka tieši blakus baznīcai atrodama tāda kā piekvēpusi kapela, kurā tiek dedzināts milzīgs daudzums sveču. Redzam, ka kāda ģimene tur lūdzas, un lūgšana notiek ļoti līdzīgi kā San Juan de Chamula redzētajā gaiļa upurēšanas gadījumā. Paša gaiļa gan šeit nav.
    Pa tam lāgam saņemu ziņu no savas bankas, ka šonakt kāds mēģinājis ar manu maksajumu karti izterēt internetā palielāku summu. Karte pati ir pie manis, taču tās dati kaut kur “aizgājuši pa kreisi”.
    Labi, ka SEB banka par mani rūpējas. Šai gadījumā gan laikam nodereja tas, ka kartē nebija tik daudz naudas, cik krāpēji bija gribējuši iegūt. Karti gan tūdaļ nobloķējām. Mācība skaidra - iepērkoties ar karti trešās pasaules valstīs, kontā jātura tikai tik daudz naudas, cik nav žēl zaudēt.
    Ceļš no San Cristobal uz Tuxtla Gutierrez ir stāvs kā nogāze - 50 km distancē nolaižames uz leju par 1700 metriem. Interesanti vērot satiksmes drošības regulējumu. Ik pa brīdim ceļa labaja pusē redzamas tādas kā kabatas, kas izklātas ar irdenu oļu segumu un kalpo ka bremzēšanas vietas smagajiem auto, kam uzkarsušas bremzes. Apmēram 2 km pirms katras kabatas sākas brīdinājuma uzsakstu rinda sekojosā secībā: “Auto bez bremzēm - sekojiet sarkanajai līnijai”, “Auto bez bremzēm - iesēdziet avārijas signālu!”, “Dodiet ceļu automašīnām bez bremzēm!”, “Auto bez bremzēm - tuvojas bremzēšanas nobrauktuve!”.
    Varu tikai iztēloties, kā šī procedūra izskatās dabā, būt ceļā šadai kravas mažīnai bez bremzēm negribētos.
    Pa ceļam redzami vairāki ugunsgrēki kalnos, un no ceļmalas plakāta uzzinam, ka par uguns izraisīšanu (pie mums tas laikam būtu par kūlas dedzināšanu) pienākas sods no 5 līdz 12 gadiem cietumā.
    Tuxtlā temperatūra uzkāpusi līdz +34 grādiem, sastregumiem, troksni un pelēcību, tāpēc taisāmies projām uz lidostu, lai sagaidītu savu Mehiko reisu tur.
    Mehiko mūs sagaida ar milzu pilsētai cienīgiem sastrēgumiem, galvaspilsētas burzmu un neredzam nekādas pazīmes no tās acteku un maiju cilšu kultūras, kas ik uz soļa mums sekoja Oaxakas un Chiapas provincēs. Galvaspilsēta.
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  • Day13

    Ciudad de Mexico - muzeji un galerijas

    February 21 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Ir sākusies mūsu pēdējā pilnā diena Mehiko pilsētā, un esam nolēmuši to pilnībā veltīt kultūrai un mākslai. Mūsu sarakstā ir meksikāņu miljardiera Karlosa Slima ģimenes fonda vēl viena privātā galerija, Antropoloģijas muzejs un “Bellas Artes” muzejs ar Diego Riveras “murāliem” jeb sienu gleznojumiem. Pie sevis prātojam, kā gan tie sienu gleznojumi iedabūti muzejā, ja apgleznotās sienas atradušās citur?
    Pirmā galerija, uz kuru mums lielas cerības, un uz kuru esam izvēlējušies doties ar kājām pusotru stundu garā rīta pastaigā, izrādās pirms pāris nedēļām pārcēlusi exspozīciju uz citu pilsētu. Tā ir Meksika - neko līdz galam precīzi nevar zināt. Atliek vien padzert garšīgu kapučīno paviljona dārzā un doties tālāk. Sekojam zinātāju ieteikumiem un nonākam kādā mazākā galerijā, kurā. Izstādītas modernas vizuālās kompozīcijas, starp tām sev par prieku atrodam latviesu karikatūrista Māra Bišofa darbus.
    Antropoloģijas muzejs ir milzīgs, tā izstaigāšanai vien vajadzētu veselu dienu, kur nu vēl rūpīgai apskatei. Meksikas sabiedrībā acīmredzami vēstures izpratnei tiek piešķirta liela vērtība, muzejā sastopam skolēnu, armijas kursantu un policijas skolas grupas, visi rūpīgi un disciplinēti klausās gidu stāstījumā. Mūs visvairāk iepriecina acteku, maiju un citu mazāk zināmu cilšu skulptūras, kas savestas šeit no visas valsts.
    Kā zināms, muzeju apmelēšana nav viegla lieta, pēdējiem spēkiem izstaigājam balto, operas ēkai līdzīgo “Bellas Artes” pili, kur apbrīnojam Diego Riveras apjomīgos “murālus”. Patiešām tiem cauri vijas Krievijas revolūcijas motīvs, attēloti gan Ļeņins, gan Trockis, arī Markss un Engelss. Jūtos kā Padomju laika vēstures muzeja ekspozīcijā. Meksikas mākslas elite 20. gs. 30. gados apbrīnoja un slavināja jauno Padomju valsti. Nodomāju, ka, atrodoties drošā attālumā, Padomiju apbrīnot noteikti ir bijis mierīgāk.
    Mēs gan esam citās domās par šo politisko fenomenu, pametam daiļo muzeja ēku un metamies uz tirdziņu pirkt t-kreklus ar Mekskas simboliku mājnieku iepriecināšanai.
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  • Day31

    Murals

    January 12 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    I had hoped to post these at the end of our stay in Mexico City but we both got back to Mazatlan with sore throats. which we thought were due to the polluted air we were bearing in the capital. However, our sore throats quickly turned into nasty flus that have kept us more or less bedridden for over a week. I'm only just starting to feel human again.

    Mexico City is a vibrant and ever so colourful city. Everywhere we walked, we came across outdoor artwork and murals, some relatively small while others spanned entire buildings. These are only a few of the many we came across.
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  • Day15

    Piñatas

    December 27, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Mexico is a country where multiple traditions have merged.  The Mexicans have adopted Christmas traditions from countries like the US but of course their version of Christmas involves a piñata.

    Usually throughout the year, piñatas can be found in the shape of burros, unicorns, cartoon characters and even Donald Trump.

    But when December rolls around, one can buy piñatas in the shape of Christmas trees, reindeers, and even Santa and Mrs. Claus, though I'm not sure if Santa would put you on the naughty or nice list if you were to whack him open with a stick.

    The most common piñata we saw was shaped like a star with seven points.  Each of the points represents one of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.  Breaking the piñata meant breaking free of these sinful temptations. As a reward, you were showered by God's grace, traditionally represented by the fruits and peanuts inside the piñata but these have been replaced by candy.

    Piñatas are broken during "posadas" which Mexicans host during the 9 days leading up to Christmas (December 16-24).  The 9 days represent the 9 months of Mary's pregnancy, as well as Mary and Joseph's quest to find shelter before the birth of Jesus. Although some families still celebrate posadas with re-enactments of this quest, for many Mexicans, posadas are simply a time to party.
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  • Day14

    La Pitahaya Vegana

    December 26, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We were so happy when Boxing Day rolled around, not because we were hoping for any big sales (Boxing Day sales does not appear to be a Mexican tradition) but because all the restaurants were once again open.

    We had selected the hotel we're staying in because of its location in the "Roma Norte" neighbourhood which borders the "Condesa" neighbourhood. Condesa in particular is teeming with vegan restaurants and our biggest challenge will be deciding which ones to include and which ones to leave out in the 9 days we have remaining in Mexico City.

    For Boxing Day lunch, we went to "La Pitahaya Vegana", a completely vegan and gluten-free restaurant. Pitahaya is the Spanish word for dragon fruit, which may explain why all the tortillas they serve are pink like the fruit. Everything is made fresh at the restaurant, and the dishes are creative, colourful, and beautifully presented. We shared a trio of tacos, our favourite being the one stuffed with curried potatoes, but the show stopper of the meal was the Mole Mixteco, pink tortillas filled with tabascan bananas topped with rice and served on a bed of mole. Holy moly mole! The mix and mingling of all the flavours was just indescribably delicious.

    La Pitahaya Vegana is a little pricey by Mexican standards but given the quality and presentation of the food, it was worth it.
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  • Day17

    Vegamo

    December 29, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I woke up hungry Sunday morning and we decided to fortify ourselves with a good brunch before embarking on our Coyoacan Walking Tour.  We headed out to VegAmo and arrived shortly after they opened at 10:00 am.  Good thing we arrived when we did because the place filled up fast and there was a wait list by 11:00 am.

    VegAmo had lots of interesting dishes and many of them could be made gluten-free so that was a bonus for me. Roch and I both decided to order the Chilaquiles, described as a special Mexican dish with corn tortillas, black chocolatey almond mole, cashew cream, vegan cheese, avocado, black beans, red onions and sliced almonds.  Since we were hungry, we asked for the optional vegan chorizo as well.

    Believe me when I say that we didn't need to add the vegan chorizo.  The bowl was so substantial that we both struggled to finish it, but struggle on we did because it was too yummy to leave any behind.  The mole was spicy but not too spicy and the mingling of all the ingredients together made our tastebuds dance with delight.

    Roch had ordered a golden milk with his meal and I had ordered a "Mazunte" smoothie touted to be anti-depressing and anti-inflammatory (almond cream, cocoa, cardamom, dates, cinnamon, banana and rice milk).  My eyes were obviously bigger than my stomach because I had to ask for my smoothie to be put into a paper cup to go.  Even after walking around Coyoacan all afternoon, I still didn't feel hungry for dinner.  Our brunch was $23.65 CAD.  What a deal of a meal.
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  • Day15

    Fat Vegan

    December 27, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Vegan does not necessarily = healthy.

    To take a break from all the tacos we've been eating, we decided to go to the "Fat Vegan", a small and relatively new burger shack offering mainly burgers and fries. Since I'm not able to eat gluten, I opted for the Caesar salad with a side of fries. The Caesar salad was excellent and the fries were even better, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, exactly as I like them.

    Roch ordered the Pancho Vegan burger, a black bean-based burger that required many napkins to eat. The burger had a distinct Mexican slant with its refried beans, avocado, caramelized onions, poblano pepper strips and almond mozzarella. Unlike the Beyond Meat burger, this patty was quite soft and required rotating the burger 180 degrees after each bite to eat the parts that had squeezed out of the bun. Like me, Roch raved about the fries, opting to dip them in a vegan chipotle mayo to give them added pizzazz.

    Eating here was a great experience. The staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English. There's limited seating, just a few stools on the inside and a couple of small tables on the outside. Lucky for us, one of the tables freed up just as our meal was ready.

    I fear if we keep eating like this, we will soon resemble the Fat Vegan's logo.
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  • Day55

    Ciudad de México - semana IV

    July 28, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Seit dieser Woche sind wir mit unserer Schule in neuen Räumlichkeiten - jetzt sogar mit etwas Aussicht über einen Teil der Stadt.

    Momentan ist Regenzeit ⛈️☔ in CDMX und das bekommen wir diese Woche doch öfter zu spüren. Daher gehen wir eher in Museen, Cafés oder machen kürzere Spaziergänge. Spaß haben wir auch immer wieder beim kleinen Hinterhof-Kick ⚽ mit den Nachbarkids.
    Ansonsten trainieren wir in den letzten Tagen regelmäßig im nahegelegenen Parque México - hier wird extra auf gleichmäßige Atmung hingewiesen. Und am Sonntagmorgen um 7:00 Uhr fällt der Startschuss für den 'Medio Maratón de CDMX' 🏃🏃 Über 20.000 Menschen laufen (bzw. fahren auch viele Rollstuhlfahrer) mit uns auf einem tollen, aber auch anspruchsvollen Rundkurs durch die Stadt. Anschließend gönnen wir uns natürlich Finisher-Tacos und Bier 🌮🍻
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  • Day151

    Mexiko City (2)

    March 2, 2017 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Abends gehen wir zum Plaza Garibaldi und buchen eine Mariachi Band, die nur für uns ein Ständchen singt. Anschließend geht es in ein Restaurant, wo wiederum eine Mariachi Band für Stimmung sorgt. Zusätzlich sehen wir einen Lasso Künstler sowie einen Hahnenkampf. Hola México 🇲🇽Read more

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