I still have to finish my post on Canada, it’s much more time consuming when adding pictures, but definitely worth it!! In the meantime, I took my girls to Mexico City visit my brother, my mom went also. It was really really awesome!! We went to church in both English and Spanish on Sunday, English, cause my brother goes to the English speaking ward and Spanish, cause I wanted the girls to experience a tiny bit of what life was like for me as a kid ( I grew up in Guadalajara).
Monday we went to the pyramids of Tenochtitlan. It was awesome– huge ancient city, with more and more ruins being uncovered, there were archeologists working that day, so interesting, so many unanswered questions.
There were a lot of vendors at the pyramids, they pretty much make everything themselves by hand. The obsidian and the silver is beautiful. We got some cool things, and the vendors were so grateful and so incredibly nice, I wish I had more money spend!! Then we ate at an authentic restaurant, it was so good– I like cactus and we got serenaded by a guitarist.
This is where we were waiting one evening, I just like how my photos came out!!
We happened to be there over Independence Day so we got to watch the military parade on Tuesday. The parade route shifted a few times, and it ended up being long, but it was worth it for the horses at the end. Also, the soldiers would touch the hands of the kids as they passed by and they would periodically stop the trailers so the kids could get pics with them. So cool. My favorite was the fresh sliced mangoes with limon y sal (lime and salt).
Wednesday we went to Chapultepec Park and castle. The castle was the dream castle of an Austrian prince and was amazing. It later served as an observatory and a presidential palace and is today a museum.
We also rented a row boat, and had a hard time of it, but lots of fun. We also went to the zoo. We saw lots of animals, this baby monkey was especially cute!!
We returned in the evening to watch the Ballet Folklorico which was also at Chapultepec castle. It was so Mexican and so cool!!
Thursday we went to the Ciudadela to buy trinkets. They had so much cool stuff and the people were all so incredibly nice, I wish I could have bought more, but I am pleased with my purchases!! They had hammocks, purses, shoes, toys, clothes, amazing art of al kinds, mostly hand made– truly truly amazing, I was so busy looking at things, I never took a photo!! Afterward we got some bread at a panaderia and waited for a taxi. I took some photos of the area there, it looks like I remember Mexico looking like– the rest of the time while at my brother’s place, it felt very modern and upscale– he lives in a super nice area. Costco is nearby, Office Depot, Chilis, California Pizza Kitchen, an amazing grocery store, so different than it was when I grew up there– there was no way to buy anything American. So these pictures show the area I related to:
Friday, the girls and I went by ourselves to the Centro where the National Cathedral is. It was hot and the air was pretty bad, it was not nearly as nice as it had been the other days of the week– rainy season had just ended and now there will no storms to clear out the pollution. There were lots of true worshippers at the cathedral, and we walked passed the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and onto the Ciudadela again. We got the rest of our souvenirs, and enjoyed our last day there.
It was so fun to spend time with my brother and his family and with my mom too. I am so glad I got to go and take my girls with me. We all learned so much. Now that I have been, I would do it again, but I would not have attempted the trip without my brother being there to visit and inform of us of what to do. Advice to those wanting to visit Mexico– contact the Embassy for updates on where and when and how you can travel safely. We stayed in the safe areas and we only used Sitio taxis which keep a record of all their clients. My brother told us the regular taxis are the ones that Americans get kidnapped in periodically, we also stayed on the toll roads and traveled during the daytime.
Home at last, I really missed my boys, here are some of them with their Mexican luchadores masks!!