Another great day in Mexico City entailed a trip to the Teotihuacan pyramids north of the city. The pyramids are remnants of a pre-Hispanic culture and it's jewels are the giant temples of the sun and the moon. We climbed all the way to the top of the larger temple of the sun, a pretty tiring walk up considering the blistering sun and giant array of steps but it's a gorgeous view from the top.
My plan to visit the museum of anthropology that afternoon was foiled as most of the museums are closed on Mondays. Instead we went to the famous cafe Tacuba for a drink.
The next morning I got up early to see Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul (The Blue House). It's amazing and definitely the most worthwhile museum trip I've been on. She was a fascinating woman faced with so much woe and talent, becoming seriously ill after contracting polio and being victim to a fatal tram accident at the age of 18. One wonders, however, whether her abstract outlook on art, sexuality and her communist political orientation would be nearly as radical were it not for her misfortune so early on in life. Frida's house, which once housed Trotsky in his exile, now displays scatterings of her possessions; her brushes and vials, remnants of her wardrobe and even her ashes. Her house is so personal that I feel almost like an intruder within it.
After the museum, me and Hugo, a French traveller from the hostel, explore the Coyoacan district and grab an iced coffee in a quaint tea shop and people watch for a while.
Later in the afternoon, wanting to pack in as much as possible into my last day in the city, me and another friend from the hostel head to Xochimilco for a boat ride on a colourfully decorated Venetian style boat. It sounds a little strange but I'm assured that it's actually a very traditional Mexican experience and it is rather tranquil as a young Mexican boy punts us along the river. Lunch in Xochimilco was also great. The restaurant we chose was so traditional it felt as if I was eating in someone's house, which I probably was. For he equivalent of just £2 we got a drink, a starter and main of traditional Mexican cuisine. It was delicious.
Tomorrow I'm headed south on the bus to Oaxaca but not before picking up tickets to EDC music festival which I'm returning to the city for in a couple of weekends time.