After the 5 hour delay in Oaxaca, we were finally well and truly on our way. The bus ride took another 6.5 hours, passing the site of the protest which led to our delay, the beautiful dry, arid, rolling hills of Central Mexico and even an erupting volcano in the distance.
Eventually though, we arrived at Mexico City's Tapo bus station and promptly grabbed a cab to our hood for the next couple of nights. With the advice of my dear friend Jacqui, we booked a spot in the trendy neighborhood Condesa-Roma. Casa del la Condesa proved to be a more than adequate abode, overlooking the tree lined Luis Cabrera Plaza and its lovely water fountains.
It was dark and getting late when we arrived, but we decided to go for a short walk to stretch our legs, get some air, and to familiarize ourselves with the area. Before long though, we were tucked in bed sleeping off our fatigue and preparing for a big day in Mexico City.
In the morning, we got ready and grabbed a quick bite before heading out to take on the town. We made our way to the train station at General Hospital and boarded for our quick trip to Coyoacan station. Our first stop for the day was the Frida Kahlo house in the shady, peaceful neighborhood of Coyoacan.
On the site of the museum, stands the house in which Frida and Diego Rivera used to reside. The house holds hundreds of both artists' finest works, along with much of their furniture and belongings. The museum prides itself on leaving the house as untouched as possible, and offered quite possibly the most impressive art exhibition I have ever seen.
Beyond the art, the house itself is set up in such a way that gives the guests a real glimpse into Frida and Diego's tumultuous lives . The garden outside also offered a tranquil serenity on a gorgeous and sunsoaked Mexican day.
All up, most definitely a Mexico City highlight.
After finishing up at the Kahlo house, we made our way over to the Coyoacan Park. Active locals were jogging down paths that crisscrossed the massive spans of green space. We walked almost the entire perimeter of the park which was filled with exotic, desert plants, shrubs, and trees of every description.
By the time, we finished up in the park, we were more than ready for lunch. We stopped at a local taqueria, where we dined on fish and carne asada tacos and ever-delicious Mexican cokes.
We worked off our lunch and then some with the long, hot walk to Chapultepec Park. This park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is home to several museums, lakes, monuments, etc.
We kept ourselves busy by walking down the many paths that make up the park. We took in a beautiful city vista on top on the central hill. After snapping countless photos, we made our way down and out the park via the main entrance that led us down Paseo de la Reforma and to the gleaming monument of the Indepencia "El Angel".
By this point, we were getting to roughly 5:30 pm, and my legs were pretty worn out from the 11 miles we had walked that day. So despite our desire to make it over to the Zoloco for the evening, I just could muster the energy. Instead we grabbed a couple Coronas and enjoyed a late afternoon park session across from our hotel.
After a quick R n' R session and a phone call back home, we headed out once more for dinner. We had past an incredible looking organic, vegetarian spot (and I was literally craving vegetables after 10 days in Mexico). We had a spectacular and, mind you, healthy meal and were feeling great as we wound down our day with another evening stroll.
We stopped into an Internet cafe to load up and send off a video we made for a friend of ours all around Mexico City, (Hope it turned out ok!) and by 10 pm we arrived back to our hotel room.
I think we both were pretty proud of the distance we covered in Mexico City (just under 13 miles) and what we saw. That being said, 1 day isn't near enough and I will definitely be back to see more of it when we have more time.
For now though, we're off. We are scheduled to meet more great friends, Justin and Cori, who are flying in from Oakland. It's Tulum, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres for 10 days with these characters. What a lucky girl, I am!
Muchas Gracias, Ciuadad de Mexico. ¡Hasta Luego!