That’s right! We walked over nine miles today starting from our AirBnB and finishing at the Zócalo where there were a whole bunch of events for the World Cup. There is a lot of spirit here. People are excited and proud of their team; I love it.
We got out of bed this morning around 7:30-8:00, and I cooked the organic oatmeal that we purchased at the nature store the previous day. It was a nice cool morning and a bit refreshing compared to the climate in Texas. We chatted with our neighbor for a bit who is was waiting for one of her friends to show up so they could start having fun in the city. We learned that she lived in Portland, Oregon for two years and her friend that is in route is from there. Small world huh? Anyways, the place we are staying offers free purified water but unfortunately it was out. Luckily, we brought our steri-pen with us. We were able to use it to sterilize the city water and prepare a pot of coffee to get our morning started off right.
We originally had plans to go to Chapultepec park but instead we decided to walk around the city for a bit ending at the Zócalo. We started from our AirBnB and headed north-east toward El Museo de Bellas Artes. We didn’t plan to walk as long as we did; it’s just that there is so much visual stimulation around the city it is easy to want to go down every crack and corner and see what’s down there. We ended up stopping to take pictures, saying “lets see where this goes”, and taking routs that were a little longer because we were interested in seeing a monument or a statue.
We made two quick stops at the beginning of our walk. It is the World Cup and people in this city are very excited. As a result, there are a lot of venders selling jerseys and flags. I decided to ask one of the venders the price of a Mexican flag. I pointed to the biggest one she had and she responded with “475 pesos.” There was a smaller one right next to it which was about 350 pesos. I told her that that 475 was a little more than what I was willing to pay so she lowered the price down to 450 for the big one. We talked a little more, and I told her that I did not need the flag pole because It would not fit in my backpack; we all laughed. After haggling a little more, she ended up selling me the big flag for 350 pesos or roughly 17.50 US. I think it will make an awesome decoration for a Spanish Classroom. It’s huge!
We stopped at a local coffee shop that I recognized from our last trip because I stopped there several times in the early morning while Alisa was still asleep. We bought a small cup of coffee and a bag of whole beans for 7 dollars total, Amazing deal.
Continuing our journey, we stopped by one of the most iconic monuments in Mexico City El Ángel de la Independencia. We got a chance to walk right up to the monument and take some great photos and videos. One thing to note about this monument. There were a lot of people who walked right up to it and were taking pictures. The strange thing is that it is surrounded by a very busy street and there is no safe way to walk up to it. We, like everyone else, had to make a mad dash to get to see it. It was worth it, but it was scary.
A few large blocks down the road we passed by El Monumento de la Revolución. It was amazing to see it again. I had forgotten how grand it is. Alisa and I plan on going up it one more time but most likely we will not be able to do it this trip. We plan on returning to Mexico City at the beginning of August and will go up then.
Going a little further we finally made it to El Museo de Bellas Artes. The museum itself is a work of art and you can’t help but be impressed by the beauty and scale of it. Inside, it houses some of the most amazing art pieces from famous people such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. It is worth a visit. I really want to see it again, but I don’t think we will be able to do it on this part of our trip.
Rounding out our walk, we made it to Zócalo. Often when you see Mexico City in pictures or in the news, this is the part of the city that you are shown. It is a huge plaza surrounded by government buildings, a large church, Aztec ruins, and dozens of shops. In the center is a giant Mexican flag. The scale is awe inspiring. We entered the church and took some great videos. We walked around the plaza and got the chance to see how CDMX is celebrating the World Cup. There were events everywhere. There where art exhibits, soccer activities for the kids, and a giant monitor playing. the games. It was crazy. In Portland, people take the World Cup very serious, but I don’t think they hold a candle to what this city is doing right now.
We were planning on walking back to our AirBnB, but as we were strolling through the World Cup events, a little kid kicked a soccer ball a little too hard and ended up hitting Alisa on the head. She ended up having a head ache and not wanting to make things worse, we decided to take the metro back to the house. All in all it was a great day. I really enjoyed just walking here in Mexico City. There are so many things to see and people to meet. It is crazy and very chaotic but everything seems to work.