Mexico City Journals

Christmas in Mexico City

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A December 2002 trip to Mexico City by ext212

Mexico City Day One Photo, Mexico City, Mexico More Photos
Quote: I fell in love in 2002 twice--with my boyfriend and with Mexico.

Christmas in Mexico City

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We decided to spend the holidays in Mexico. We planned to be in Mexico City for a few days before we head down south to Mazunte (see other journal). I had a copy of Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo and I was set to celebrate Christmas and my birthday in Mexico City.

Quick Tips:

Do not be afraid of the tacos and tamales sold in the streets. Your best bet is street food to experience true and delicious Mexican fare.

Best Way To Get Around:

Mexico City has a subway that's ALWAYS crowded, but if you're from New York City like me, it's the best option. There are also the VW beetles as taxis with drivers as reckless as New York City's. It's like we never left home!

Mexico City Day One

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Mexico City Day One Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Flying into Mexico's Juarez airport is strikingly familiar, like flying into the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino international airport. The crowds are overwhelming. Family members seem to arrive by the busload to greet their respective arrivals from the United States. The security guards futilely try to impose rules--to not go beyond a certain line--but as soon as they turn around, everybody's pushing against the gate again. We went through a fairly brisk immigration and customs process. We made sure to hold onto our tourist/exit cards as failure to present these at departure time would result in stiff fines. There are several currency exchanges and authorized taxi stands inside the airport. E...Read More

Mexico City Day Two -- Christmas Eve

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Mexico City Day Two Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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Our first morning in Mexico City was pretty busy. Our itinerary still had gaps that had to be filled. We booked a Oaxaca van through Mexbus online while still in New York City, but they cancelled the last minute. So at 8am we took our first Metro ride to the TAPO terminal to buy tickets to Oaxaca. There are no buses running on Christmas Day so we settled for 11:30pm tickets on December 26. We picked the first class UNO bus which cost us about $45 each one way. Back at the Zocalo we decided to visit the Palacio Nacional, which houses various government departments. The National Palace takes up the whole eastern side of the Zocalo and it has the facade of tezontle, a red volcanic stone. ...Read More
Mexico City Day Three Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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For Christmas breakfast, we were surprised to find Cafe El Popular open. We had tamales and huevos rancheros. Eggs sunnyside up went well with rice though I passed on the beans. Mexico's cafe con crema is more like milk with a little coffee; just the way I like it. Cafe Americano is simply brewed coffee, straight up and black. Most of the city was still closed. So we walked to different places to check the whole scene out. The city was definitely more palatable with less people around. We started off at the Santo Domingo, a church that, in its better days, had housed a monastery. Though somewhat run down, services were still held there. Plaza Girabaldi where mariachi bands normally gat...Read More
Mexico City Day Four Photo, Mexico City, Mexico
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After breakfast atop the hostel's rooftop terrace, we took the Metro to Terminal del Norte to catch an early bus to Teotihuacan more commonly known as Las Piramides. About an hour later, we were outside Mexico City. The driver packed his vehicle in with passengers, making frequent stops at what appeared to be random places. Teotihuacan is a remarkable site--a window looking onto an ancient civilization whose true identity no one knows for sure. There are three main areas: Ciudadela, Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. They are all connected by the four-km. Avenue of the Dead. The Pyramid of the Sun covers almost the same amount of space as the Great Pyramid ...Read More