I woke up bright and early this morning to meet my local guide. Thanks for the shirt, Patty! 😀Her name is Zelva and I met her on my plane ride from Dallas to Mexico City. She is an accountant and a native of Mexico. She LOVES her country and knows SO MUCH about it’s rich cultural history. She was the perfect local guide. She also speaks very little English, so it was a great day for me to practice my Spanish. Our first stop was The Monument to the Revolution.Like most things in Mexico City, the monument was GIGANTIC and we were able to take an elevator all the way to the top! From the top, we had panoramic views of the city. 😀
The lower level of the moment also serves as a history museum for the Mexican Revolution. Zelva knew so much information about the former rulers of Mexico. We mostly discussed the reign of Porfirio Díaz and revolutionary leaders, like Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa.
From there, we strolled along Paseo de la Reforma.This is one of the most important streets in Mexico City. It is the site for many important monuments, embassies, tourist attractions and cultural events.After a bit of walking, we came across the Angel of Independence.This serves as a monument to Mexican independence. There are four bronze sculptures at the base representing law, war, justice and peace. At the top is a statue of Nike, who is the Greek goddess of victory. The sculpture is made of bronze and covered in 24k gold. Very beautiful!The street eventually runs in Chapultepec park, which contains yet ANOTHER museum I had not visited.
The National Museum of Anthropology is one of the most famous in the city, since it contains artifacts from ALL of the pre-Colombian civilizations in Mexico.
Here is a clip from one of the rooms filled with Mayan artifacts.
The museum has also created replicas of the various pyramids and ruins found in Mexico. I have now added many archaeological sites to my bucket list, including the pyramids of Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza.The temporary display at the museum was of 12 bronze animal sculptures designed by the artist, Ai Weiwei. I studied a lot about Weiwei in my last semester at UWM, so I was very pleased to actually see his work. The installation was called Circle of Animals and represented the 12 zodiac heads.
Outside of the museum native Mexican men were performing Shaman cleansing rituals. Zelva was afraid and did not want to partake. Hah.
We capped off the day with a beverage and a torta de pierna. This sandwich is made with breaded pork, ham, avocado, tomato, mayo, cheese and red chili sauce. Very greasy. The water was flavored with pineapple and coconut, which was very refreshing!
I was also able to pick up one of the best things about Mexico City. Fresh salsa and tortilla chips. 🙂
On the way home we took the metro, which is always an adventure. There were speakers with DJ music playing, people selling candy and a girl playing the accordion. I told Zelva we just needed a disco ball and it would be like some sort of strange nightclub. Hah.
Now I’m home and just took a very BRIEF cold shower, which brings me to my next point. That is energy conservation.
If you do not prepare in advance, you will not have hot water. I forgot about that this morning and did not turn on the water heater, which is why I had a cold shower this afternoon!
In Mexico, if an appliance is not in use, you will find it unplugged. This includes microwaves, toasters, televisions, washers and even plug-in air fresheners.
Lastly, you do NOT flush your TP. 😦 It goes in the waste basket. I have NOT gotten used to this concept and it still really grosses me out!
Overall, I think these practices are very beneficial to the environment/plumbing and I really appreciate the effort on conserving energy.
Anyway, I’m off to work on CELTA homework. Wish me luck!