After getting off the mountain a day before we expected, we arrived at the CAPU bus terminal on Tuesday evening for 3.5 days of fun in Mexico City!
We checked into Barefoot Stayinn Hostel in La Condesa and then wondered around the nearby streets looking for dinner. Van managed to find a crossfit across the street which was very convenient and scheduled to go for a workout the next morning. We stopped into a chocolate place called La Chocolaterie and had a coffee, hot chocolate and some small chocolates while we talked to the brother of the owner. He recommended that we head south a couple of blocks and to eat at his favourite crepes place. We didn't make it there today, but we stopped at a place that looked friendly and had a mezcal, some cervesa and ceviche which was nice and light after a heavy meat and taco diet over the last couple of days. We continued wondering the streets having another quick cervesa and called it an early night.
On Wednesday Van started the day with a crossfit workout while Matt went searching for a laundry place - impossible to find one that's open it turns out! We had breakfast tacos at the hostel and then headed to Centro Historico where Matt spent some time in the outdoor store before checking out the massive Christmas Tree and ice skating rink at Plaza de la Constitucion. We then popped into the Catedral Metropolitana to get some shade and have a look seeing as we haven't been in a church since Europe. Highlight for Matt was accidentally sneaking into a tour (which we were meant to pay for) and went up the bell towers for an awesome view of Mexico City. By that stage we were starving and bee-lined to Salon Corona for a beer and some delicious pork tacos! After lunch we meandered our way to Alameda Central to relax and then had some mezcal, cocktails and cervesa on a rooftop bar. The waiter had spent some time in NZ and was a HUGE fan so gave us a rundown of the history and gave us a little taste testing session. We then swung by Plaza de la Republica before heading to the crepes restaurant in La Condesa for some savoury and sweet crepes for dinner. Van had the prosciutto crepe and Matt had the bolognese crepe and we shared a fruit and chocolate crepe for dinner. SOOO good! Van encouraged Matt to only speak to the waiter in Spanish and he was very accommodating while Matt butchered his language. Great practice for the rest of the trip!
Van started Thursday with another cheeky crossfit and then we headed off to the Museo Nacional de Antropología through the Bosque de Chapultepec. On the way we found the best bakery EVER, so we'll be checking that out again before we learn. It was interesting learning about the history of Mexico at the museum, but it wasn't long until we needed some sustenance. As we were walking towards the Angel of Independence we couldn't help but pop into Salon Corona a second time for a delicious quick feed. We then headed back to the hostel for Matt to do some laundry, Van had a little rest and then we checked out Roma for a coffee, some beers and caught up with our new American mate Wes for a meaty Uraguayan dinner. Yum!
Friday was pyramid and Lucha Libre day. We met up with Wes at the bus terminal at 9.30 and caught a bus for an hour to the Teotihuacan pyramids. Mexico has a pretty impressive history! We spent a couple of hours walking around the old sites and learning about the pyramids and then caught a bus back to Mexico City to grab some tacos for lunch close to the hostel. They were so delicious but pretty unhealthy with us opting for the cheese options for all of them. It's pretty cool that hardly any people speak English so it feels like you're really experiencing Mexico rather than a tourist version. We then chilled for a bit before meeting up with Wes in Roma (and accidentally gatecrashing his tinder date). We slowly made our way towards the wrestling performance getting some cervesas along the way with half a dozen oysters for Matthew, yum! The Lucha Libre was pretty ridiculous and we all got into it by purchasing a mask each. It was pretty hilarious the performances they put on, especially the overweight wrestlers! The moves and aerials were pretty impressive all things considered. Highlights was probably one of the refs who was a bit of a character and also the little people that were involved.
Saturday was our final day in Mexico and we had a relaxed day wondering around Condesa and Roma getting some coffees, cerveza, more oysters for Matthew and playing cards. Mexico was a fantastic holiday! Until next time