Zoe and Ed's Travels
We are coming to the end of our time in Mexico City; tomorrow we head off to Oaxaca, further south. There is a lot to see in this city, and we have only scratched the surface, but we have seen some fantastic things. We started with a walking tour of the city, which came free from our hostel. We saw the cathedral, the Diego Rivera murals at the Ministry of Education, and got to eat grasshoppers! We didn't manage to get into the Palacio Nacional as it is currently closed due to all the political upheaval in the city at the moment (there are lots of demonstrations in the wake of the disputed general election results). Even with all the demonstrations etc the city has a very friendly atmosphere. Nevertheless we are being careful. Our hostel seems very good, and is a bit of a haven from the bustle of the city and a great place to hang out and meet fellow travellers. On Tuesday we went to the Anthropological Museum. That was also on a free tour, and the guide was very informative (it was the same guide we had for the city walking tour). It was a really good way to see the museum, which has all manner of fantastic exhibits from the various civilizations to have called this part of the world home. We spent around three hours in the museum. Yesterday we went to see the third century pyramids at Teotihuacan, which is about 30km northeast of the city. We decided to go on the public bus rather than take the tour. (This time the tour was not free, so we saved a lot of money!) The pyramids are very impressive, and have a lot of (sometimes steep) steps going to the top. It is a large site, and there's been quite a lot of reconstruction, so you get a feel for what the city looked like. We took our time going round as it was quite a hot day. We both have pink noses to prove how sunny it was!