Tacos & Tequila
09.09.2007 - 11.09.2007
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I arrived in Mexico on Sunday to be greeted by a major down pour, it's supposed to be the end of the rainy season but it wasn't letting up. After an interesting journey from the airport through some dodgy looking areas I arrived at Tara's place and in the few minutes getting from the Taxi to the apartment I got soaked. She lives in a nice area of the City called Roma which is next to an even nicer area called Condesa. That evening we ate out at a funky little restaurant where they serve the nicest cheese dish which is basically a large round piece of cheese which is baked so it goes soft inside with a tomato sauce over it, you spread it onto pieces of bread, it was delicious!
The next day I had a lie in then went for lunch and checked out Roma, just nearby there is a semi derelict house affectionately referred to as 'the earthquake house' it was one of the houses which was damaged in the 1985 earthquake and was never rebuilt or knocked down and it is now inhabited by squatters. That evening I sampled some traditional Mexican tacos where I found that they are not actually crispy shells like you get in the UK, apparently this is an Americanisation (bloody Yanks!), they are in fact soft like small tortilla and are much tastier and easier to eat. I also sampled some Mescal which is similar to Tequila but not the same.
The following day I explored the City Center (Centro Histórico), visited the Zócalo also known here as 'Plaza de la Constitución' They have decorated the surrounding buildings with Mexican flags and colours in preparation for Mexican independence day (16th Sept) there should be lots of celebrations going on this weekend. I joined a walking tour from the Hostel off the Zócalo which took us on the metro to Chapultepec Park which has the only Castle you'll see in North America. Here we also got to see the dance of the Voldaroes whereby four performers, tied to ropes atop a pole, spin and spiral down to the sound of flute and drum to signify the cycle of the Aztec calendar.
After this we visited the Anthropology museum, I'm not a big museum person as I've mentioned and I quickly became bored listening to our guide go on and on about Aztec history, they did have some cool looking objects though including this skull....