16.09.2011 - 16.09.2011 74 °F
Woke up in a diff room with 8 other backpackers….breakfast was provided at the ‘The Bed Breakfast’ and surprisingly it was not continental I had eggs on toast and a cup of tea :o) the showers were minging but at least the water was hot! We stayed in an area called Durango and our nearest tube station was Insurgentes. The tube was really easy to use, dull on the exterior but served the purpose and only 3 pesos (which is about £0.14 each way!!!
We headed off to the hot spots that were mentioned to us by the guys at the bed & breakfast– as it was Independence Day. As we headed off to explore Mexico City we found it to be very quiet especially on a celebratory day but we soon came across a heard of locals going towards ‘Zocalo Square’. It was more and less a massive parade of the Army, Cowboys and other forces.
Most of today we spent with the locals watching the parade. I saw many weird and wonderful things. The few things that I kept on seeing was this obsession with chilli powder on EVERYTHING…chilli on any fruit, on Tamarind, crisps, pancakes even on ice-cream…on anything that could be eaten. During the parade we saw kids chucking eggs at one another but inside they were filled with confetti – apparently a must have. A very patriotic country everyone got involved especially the adults – face paints, Mexican colours were everywhere!
A whole day of roaming around, found some nice squares, saw loads of familiar shops like Starbucks, Mangoes, GNC (my favourite), especially Dominoes pizza - McDonalds were pretty much non existent.