Marvelous Mexico City: Beautiful Churches and Bird Caca

Friday I did not post. I was very exhausted from CELTA. Last week we were given our 1st of 4 assignments. The topic is language analysis. We were required to breakdown a conversation and expose grammar form, meaning and pronunciation of words in those sentences. We had to discuss anticipated problems that our learners would encounter when understanding the meaning, pronunciation and form of words like “embarrassing” or “managed to” and we also had to discuss possible solutions. I spent Friday night working on those questions.

Saturday I woke up early to move-in with my HOST family. 🙂img_20140715_091124_792_zpse7d20c57I thought I would be able to walk there no problem, since my luggage is on wheels. I grabbed both of my 50 pound suitcases, my backpack and began my trek. Here is the route.

Right from the start, I began to encounter obstacles. I felt like I was part of a Nintendo game and each road became more challenging in order to advance to the next level. The sidewalks were cracked, uneven and the curbs were very high.

After a long while, I decided to stop and look at the map on my phone. I stood on the curb to pull the phone out of my pocket and a BIRD POOPED on my forehead. It also ricocheted off my forehead and landed onto my wrist and phone. I had NO napkins and I was only halfway there. At one point, a cute man asked to carry my luggage. I quickly  turned my head and said “no gracias” in an effort to hide the sh*t on my face! Hah. I may use this story in my assignment. This situation was so EMBARRASSING. After 30 minutes, I finally MANAGED TO arrive at the new apartment. 🙂

The apartment is ADORABLE. Stephanie is my host. She is a super cute barista who works at a coffee shop nearby. She had to leave for work, but I will talk with her more later. I cleaned myself up and I was off to school. I met 6 other students to work on our assignment. I was able to finish the assignment, but it took about 5 hours.

At 2pm, we all stopped to take lunch. I wanted authentic tacos. During the day, vendors set up their grills, tables and chairs along the street. The sidewalks literally transform into long restaurants covered by a large red tarp. I followed my nose to a stand selling blue corn tortilla tacos. The taste is similar to a corn tortilla, yet made with a different variety of corn. I had 3 tacos. The first was beef barbacoa or slowly cooked beef. The second was pork and the third was nopales(cactus) and cheese. I tried the green and red salsa, which were both SPICY and DELICIOUS!img_20140719_132555_348_zpsd49c1aa3After lunch and the assignment, I was able to relax and explore the city. I took the METRO to the center of Mexico City. The metro lines are color-coded and easy to navigate. The metro costs less than 50 cents.

From the city center, I explored many historic churches and palaces. They were absolutely AMAZING. Here is the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Inside there is an art museum and it is also the venue for many theatre performances.img_20140719_153510_852_zps8703f4fdHere is the Metropolitan Cathedral.img_2639_zps899e2914Here is the National Palace.img_2643_zpse8fd42d3Inside the National Palace are beautiful works of art and the famous murals of Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera was a revolutionary artist whose pieces exposed the turbulent history of Mexico.img_2642_zps894a61bemuralesOn the way home, I walked by so many gorgeous churches.
 photo img_2704_zps8350c2cd.jpgss4The architecture is stunning and there are hidden gems around every corner.
img_2697_zpsa3548bc5img_2682_zpsabe9d62c img_2702_zps6499a9bcThis vertical lawn is the wall of a restaurant.img_2705_zpsd0c6b250The last stop of the day was Pulqueria Insurgentes where I met up with classmates from school. We drank pulque, which is a fermented beverage made from agave. The flavors were wonderful. I sampled oatmeal, hibiscus, mango, pineapple and prickly pear. The pear was my favorite! 😀 The glass is lined with salted chili powder. So amazing! It is also quite potent.img_20140719_195022_840_zpsa4f3e0ccIt was great chatting with students outside of class. Helen is from England and has moved here with her husband who is Mexican. They met when he was completing his Master’s degree in England. She also has an adorable baby girl. Becca is a clothes designer from Los Angeles. She is hoping to sell vintage dresses online for plus sized women. After a few drinks, I took a cab ride back to my new place. Overall, it was a fantastic day!

Today I am NOT hungover and hope to do some more exploring. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Marvelous Mexico City: Beautiful Churches and Bird Caca

  1. Food isn’t like Sucasa is it?
    Mom should have packed you a pretty umbrella AND a pretty
    hanky..very usefull for dirty hands ,bathroom emergencies and
    Oh yeah bird poop!
    Enjoying your blog….
    Happy that your enjoying your time there too.

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    1. Hi Maggie,

      Poor Su Casa doesn’t even compare to the food here.
      I brought hand sanitizer, but I was not prepared for that! My host Stephanie told me that it was good luck. I guess everything has been going very well since then. Hah. I grabbed extra napkins to shove in my purse from now on. 🙂 Thanks for following the blog!

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