I arrived yesterday afternoon after a couple of flights one from Sydney to Los Angeles and then L.A to Mexico city. Had a couple of friends on the same flight which was nice. The flight was pretty full, I had three young children quite close to me and I thought that they would be disruptive but that was not the case. I had a hard time going to sleep, in fact I think I only slept about two hours if I was lucky.
Arrived at Mexico City airport and then proceeded to get myself a taxi which you pre-pay. I asked the driver to take me to Condesa which is a precinct in Mexico city. Having absolutely no Spanish, was a bit of a problem as I tried to tell the driver that I needed to pick up the key from the owners of the apartment which is two blocks away, however he kept going around in circles and eventually we got to the place to pick up the key. Then he decided to ask me for an additional $100 pesos. Not too happy about that, but I did anyway.
I was then taken to the apartment and it is in a lovely part of town and reminds me a bit of Lygon st in Melbourne although it has a few more trees and a lovely walkway in the idle of the street.
About an hour after I arrived the owner of the apartment Angela had heard about the taxi debacle and insisted that she give me the $100 pesos back. I was a bit taken aback but was graciously appreciative of the gesture.
I had a well deserved shower and then went out to get myself some dinner and a nice corona beer. Got back about 8pm and then went straight to bed. I passed out and woke up about 1am but went back to sleep again after and woke again at 8am. I felt like a teenager that slept 12 hours, but I guess I hadn’t slept for a long time and needed the rest.
As Australia’s forest is burning, there is a reminder for each of us to be mindful to approach our life with a new awareness, one that is conscious of the impact we have on our environment and those that live here. We have limited resources and need to re-think our approach so that we do not further decimate all that live on this planet. This photo taken recently is the glow of an atmosphere that is filled with smoke creating a bright orange sunset, that is beautiful and eerie at the same time.
Got up early and had a final walk around the Condesa in Mexico City, walked along a beautiful park that had some nice sculpture.
I then found this great art deco coffee shop named “Cafe Rococo which is apparently one of the top ten like it in the world according to the owner Santo Rosario, who I might add spoke good english. Highly recommend it if someone is looking for a good coffee and a place to chill out for the morning.
It was sad to leave Mexico City, there is so much more to see and I plan to come back again and spend a couple more day there. There is a certain cosmopolitan feel to the area I stayed in and the hosts and the air bnb, Angela and Moy were delightful. They welcomed me with open arms and great hosts too.
Arrived in Puebla which is 2 hours south of Mexico City. The journey was pleasant sitting next to an old friend from New England, USA Robert Dodson. The landscape changed somewhat with a beautiful view of snow capped mountain side. By the time we arrived I was pretty exhausted considering that I had been up since 4:30am. I checked into the hotel, which took about an hour as there was only one person at the reception desk.
Its a nice old building in the heart of Puebla, the rooms are comfortable but a bit hot at night.
My first impressions of the city is the outstanding architecture which I plan to take photographs when time permits. There seems to be a festive atmosphere here and the people are very friendly. Still getting to grips with the language, but getting a bit better as time goes by.