02.08.2009 - 03.08.2009 25 °C
Okay. So I knew Mexico City is big: really big... reaaallllly reeeeaaallllyy big... but even so, its sheer size blew me away when flying over it. It...is...MASSIVE!!!
Other than seeing a volcano (with a clearly visible crater), all I could see for about half an hour (it took a bit long to land), were millions & millions of buildings everywhere, disappearing over the horizon. Craziness!
So, yes- I have arrived in Mexico City safe & sound.
After a long day of queuing, wondering if I would actually get on the flight (I was put on a stand-by list of 'randomly selected passengers' in Tocumen Airport as the flight was overbooked) and getting my bag searched, I landed in Mexico City one hour late.
Elisa, her sister & cousin came to pick me up from the airport (luxury!) and we drove straight to a taco place :-)
I had some 'Michelada' (beer with salted rim) and my first real Mexican taco- with chicken & 'nopales' (cactus leaf), which has a similar taste and texture to okra (yummy!).
We then drove to Elisa's place, met her family (they're incredibly friendly & gave me flowers to welcome me!) and we all had a little discussion on Cuba/Mexico and the sites I wanted to see. (I am now no longer in denial about my true Spanish level. I suck.) We then went out to a square in town with loads of little jewellery, clothes and food-stalls. We sat at a quesadilla stand and I had one with cheese & 'huitlacoche' (a.k.a. Mexican corn truffle- made from the fungus on corn). Sounds gross, tastes great! ..oh, and a 'Boing' mango juice. Loved the name :-) hehe...
We then walked around a bit more, had a beer at one of the Cafe's on the square (nice & lively) and drove back home.
Today I woke up with swollen tonsils and my cough is back. Great. Luckily my plan for today was just to be online/read up on Mexico & start planning my time here, so at least its not stopping me from doing anything yet. And I'm being spoilt rotten (I keep getting new cups of tea, honey and lemon and Elisa's mother is really looking after me) so I am sure I'll be better soon.
Nick (a guy I met on my course in Cuba) is flying in today & we'll probably meet up tomorrow so we can start planning what we want to do (as he'll be accompanying me during the weeks when Elisa has to work). The 2 main ideas right now are doing the 7-day Copper Canyon train journey (a.k.a. Barranca del Cobre) or heading to the south/southeast to Chiapas, Tabasco and Tepoztlan. I am leaning towards the latter option as the former involves going to some towns in the north which don't have the best safety record, though the trip really does sound amazing (its similar to the Grand Canyon apparently).
Before doing these trips however, we´ll be doing loads of exploring around Mexico City (my list of ´must-see´places is getting rather long...).
I can't wait to start exploring...tomorrow.