Our reality is very different to that of most people and we are aware of our good fortune in having the ability to lead the life we have chosen. This doesn't make it any easier when a trip comes to an end. We've had the winter of a lifetime, what with a week in Barcelona, Transatlantic Cruise, a month in Florida, three weeks in Puerto Vallarta and a three week trip across Mexico. However the van needs to be collected from store in Spain and all good things come to an end. A punctuation mark has been created during our journey and enables us to think about where we're off to next.
Our last day in Mexico was spent mooching about our part of the city and packing. Taking it easy was the order of the day as I had booked us a potential nightmare from hell with 4 connecting flights. Mexico City, Panama, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Frankfurt and London Heathrow. But it cost a third of the price, and we had the time. A German air hostess made fun of Mike's shiny hiking boots, calling him Mr. Boots and all went to plan, no lost luggage or delays. The journey was in excess of 32 hours, and I was so tired, the first night I went to bed on our return I slept right through and avoided jet lag.
Two more must see sites in Mexico City are the Museo Nacional de Antropología and the pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan and fortunately we had the time and the inclination to go and have a look at both. The museum lived up to expectation and we spent a whole day there. It was a Sunday and very busy as Mexican citizens get free entry. Inexpensive, very interesting and the cafe was superb. What more could a girl want?
The alarm was set on Monday morning to get to the Pyramids 48km from our hotel, before the heat and the crowds. We wanted to use public transport. It was quite difficult to decipher how to get there using the Lonely Planet but the Wiki Travel Guide was excellent. Most tourists go there on a pre arranged tour but we like to do things independently. We took the metro to Potrero then a local bus. The metro was great. Very jolly music at the stations and lots of different hawkers on the train. I bought a CD, and I'm listening to it now, but that's making me miss Mexico. We didn't need a headset, lollypops, chewing gum, a cook book or any other assorted merchandise. It was easy to navigate on the metro as each of the stations had pictures as well as their names, presumably for anyone who cannot read. A passer by offered help to find the correct bus stop in Potrero. Entertainment on the bus was provided by a guitarist who sang three different songs very well, but if his cough in between was anything to go by our donation should have gone towards a chest x-ray.
Teotihuacan when translated, means the place where the gods were created. It was built between the 1st and 7th centuries A.D. and has huge monuments – in particular, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, laid out alongside the Avenue of the Dead. The Pyramids would have had a temple on top back in the day but they certainly provided enough for us to climb them. If this city had not fallen into disuse the StairMaster would never have needed to be invented. There was also a good museum on site which fitted in nicely with what we had learnt at the Anthropological Museum on Sunday.
The journey back to our part of the city was straightforward but only with the help of a Good Samaritan. There were many forms of transport around the city and as we had used taxis, the metro and the bus I wanted to complete the set and try the Metro Bus. This is a bendy bus network, providing a fast service through the city and has barriered entrances and a platform just like a train. The buses use their own lane and run on the major through roads. Unfortunately we didn't realise we needed a prepaid plastic card to get on. A guard told us the journey would cost 5 Pesos but we didn't want to get a card when we only going to do one journey. Up stepped Pedro, a fellow passenger who said we could pay him the money and he would swipe his card 3 times. We sat at the back and he chatted to Mike for the whole journey which took Mike's mind off feeling travel sick. It was a very bouncy ride, just like a fairground. Pedro got off the stop before us and raced away as I think we had made him late for work.
I love travel, any type. There is always a buzz in finding & exploring a place for the first time, meeting and making new friends and if you return things are never quite the same.
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