Day 2: Mexico City

Fully recharged today and explored the historic center of the city. Zocalo, the main plaza is one of the world’s biggest squares. Not sure about that, but the massive flag hoisted right in the middle seemed to support that. Nothing less than national pride.
I thought I saw huge Canadian flags in Ontario, but this flag must be 2 or 3 times my definition of huge! There was something magical watching it swim in the breeze like a jellyfish.

Spent the rest of the morning walking the cobblestoned streets around Zocalo with old school beetle cabs whizzing pass. Many of the old buildings were noticeably slanted to one side – apparently the city is sinking. No joke, but the city is built on the former site of a lake. The Spaniards having destroyed Tenochtitlan (the original Aztec settlement), came up with a clever idea of draining the lake to lay down their mark of conquest.

We escaped the sinking feeling to Chapultepec for the afternoon and brushed up on some anthro at the National Museum of Anthropology. Learned about the Mayans in preparation for our later visits to Palenque & Tikal (Guatemala), and Teotihuacan which we are headed for tomorrow. Also came here to see the Sun Stone, a gigantic stone disc laid down by the Aztecs in Zocalo, the original site where Tenochtitlan was founded and later evolved into Mexico City.

I’m breaking into the swing of things here and starting to feel the city. Plan to head out at 6:30am to shoot with my SLR.  Hope for some good shots!

Hasta luego…

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4 Comments

  1. Leslie says:

    Gorgeous photos already! Thanks for keeping us updated! :)

  2. Ray says:

    That's an exciting start!

  3. Bernice says:

    Coolness! Love the update and learned something new today. That little note in the first photo is so sweet~ :)

  4. Rafzana says:

    Hi Guys,
    So much fun to read how much you have experienced already! Looking forward to reading some more!
    Cheers!

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