Today I went out to see what the city had in store for me. I discovered they are in the middle of a three week long International Festival. . The world is here including Australia. The Aussies are dishing up crocodile nuggets and lamb pies. I asked where the beer was. They don’t have any. Meanwile I grabbed a nice French Merlot to sit back wth tonight. I have loads of photos both on my tabet and camera. Will see what I can share here.
I took a stroll down the main mall in the company of an American. I lost her when she was taking a block walk to her bank. All the internationals are here.Maccas KFC Starbucks Subway…. 7/11 will be my saviour if I wake early again tomorrow.Hotel breakkie is 8 till 10. They didn’t tell me 8.30 on Sunday! And the coffee was the last thing brought out. It was brewed in a special pot uderr pressure. I have ever seen anything like it. To top it off it would not pour so the waiter opened it up and dished it out by he mug full soup style. I was not the only patron waiting on that coffee! So, in my travels today I discovered7/11 right next door. They have coffee and never close:) Awesome!
I did what I could to enjoy the expo but it was super crowded. Sometimes Rex (my walker) got me through a crowd, sometimes not. The pavement in he square is in appalling condition. Rex needed 4×4 at times:) However there are signs around and building in progress with new pavement. If I come again it will all be fixed.
I tasted some chilli but it was the hottest of one f the Latin American Countries! Not quite ready for That! I was entertained by Japanese schoolchildren in a drum performance, ripped off when paying to get to a toilet. (But is was clean and had disability cubicle) . I made my way into the magnificent cathedral just in time for one of the mass services and lit a candle for a friend recently passed. He would appreciate the cultures I am encountering. It was very moving. I recall as a child how devout I found Mexicans to be and had that spiritual connection again.
Hungry I found cheap eats in a little alley. Chicken taco and quesadillas. When they are authentic they are so much nicer than what we get at home! I took a break, my siesta time had come but 20 pesos was called consistently for the whole time by a street seller and he was sill at it as I headed out again.
The square was now jam packed. There were more drummers on stage. I was asked about where I got my dress from too! This set up a Spangles conversation! ! At 6 pm the military lowered the humongous fag in the centre of the square with military precision. It is a huge flag as you will see from photos. Apparently it goes up again at 6 am. After this I heard more drums and followed the sound to traditional Mayan dancing. Very colorful and fun to watch. Prowling their wares in the market led me to meet Aman, a very nice fellow who spoke to my about Mayan and azteca cultures. It was a lovely conversation and I purchased the Mayan symbol for wholeness from him. He made me the necklace and put it on for me. He taught me how to do a traditional Mayan greeting too. I think this was the highlight of my day.
I found a restaurant for supper and slowly headed to the hotel, my body declaring enough for today.
More Photos to come when I work out how to transfer from my camera. Hasta Luego