Monday, May 30, 2016

Lunch at Pujol

When I started planning for Mexico City, I was thrilled to read I could get a decent meal for $2-3 USD. I love food, but I don't have the type of budget that allows me to splurge on fancy multi-course meals or tasting menus on the regular. After a bit of reading, however, Mexico proved to be an exception. There are a number of high-end restaurants in Mexico City - Biko, Quintonil, Contramar - but one name keeps coming up again and again as you read articles about the dining scene. Pujol has been ranked one of the top 50 restaurants in the world for the past few years, currently sitting at #16. The tasting menu cost $1,650 - a little under $100 USD. It's a price that seems ridiculous in Mexico, but when compared with other top restaurants around the world, it starts to look like a bargain. I was curious.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Anthropology Museum

To this point, I had visited the Templo Mayor and Teotihuacan. I'd learned a bit about Mexico's "modern" history at the Castillo de Chapultepec. Now it was time to visit what is possibly the biggest global draw to Mexico City. Mexico has an incredible history, with multiple vibrant and powerful cultures existing within its borders throughout the centuries. It also celebrates that history by showcasing artifacts in one of the top museums in the world - the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chapultepec Park and Castle

My perfect - and improbable - Tuesday started out with an Uber to Chapultepec Park. After a brief stop by HSBC to withdraw some cash, I used my phone to navigate my way. (It was more difficult to find the entrance from the Paseo de la Reforma than I'd imagined.) Once in the park, I enjoyed the early quiet as I walked toward the Castillo de Chapultepec. I stumbled across a few monuments and modest Aztec ruins on my way.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Visiting Teotihuacan on the "Equinox"

My original plan had been to stay at Teotihuacan as long as I liked and just catch the bus back, but with limited funds and no data on my phone, I decided to stick with my new Costa Rican friends. The line at the first gate our van pulled up to went on forever, so after a quick survey of the group, we drove to Gate 3, closer to the Pyramid of the Moon. The line, though still long, looked much more manageable. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Ballooning Teotihuacan

A few weeks in advance, I'd gotten in touch with Sean and Diana at 'Flying Pictures' and booked a "sunrise" balloon flight over Teotihuacan for Monday, March 21st. Monday is a popular day to visit the pyramids, as most museums in the city are closed. I'd read that Teotihuacan gets crazy around the equinox, but figured that since it had technically fallen on Sunday this year - the 20th - the worst of the crush would be over. Sean had mentioned something about a balloon festival in his correspondence, but I figured that would be a fun little extra...