Sept. 7th – 9th 2007
Well, this weekend was amazing. My group spent the weekend in Mexico D.F. and it was nothing short of amazing. We left early Friday morning and made our first stop at Teotihuacan which was beautiful. The pyramids were amazing and the history of the site is incredible.
After our adventure at Teotihuacan, we finished the three hour trip to D.F. I am now in love with the city. I was not expecting the city to be what it was, but I LOVE it. The city has so much character and it’s especially beautiful and lively now, as they are preparing for the Mexican independence day (sept 15th, 2007).
I guess the best way for me to describe DF is a cross between New York and Washington D.C. NY in the metropolitan sense, DC in the historical sense.
Our hotel was 3 blocks from the main square. That night our group went out to the most entertaining dinner. The restaurant had a stage in the middle where various performers performed throughout the night – including a Mexican RuPaul who decided to attach himself to Torin and Mateo which was pretty much the best thing thus far on the trip.
On Saturday we went to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia as well as the Museo Nacional de Historia en Chapultepec. I enjoyed all the museums –especially the antropologia because there was a man playing an electric violin! Also, I was pretty excited because on of the rooms of the hotel featured homo sapiens, homo habelis, neandertals, and the stone tools; all things I learned in anthropology this past term. I loved it because I hated that class and figured I would never use any of the information I learned, but I guess I am wrong!
That night, I went out to dinner with Sheri, Sam, Ali, and Elizabeth. After returning to the hotel, everyone ended up in Sam and my room where we pushed the beds to the sides and played games and hung out with a bunch of people from our group which was so much fun. I love our group so much and I love how our group loves each other! We are all so different, yet we all get along so well. After everyone left, Torin, Sam and I ended up downstairs in one of the rooms from the students from Westmont who were having a dance party. One of the guys host brothers had come and was teaching everyone to dance, so we joined in for a bit! I had so much fun hanging out with the students from Westmont! It’s weird because we have classes together, but we haven’t had the opportunity to hang out outside of class, so it was nice to finally do so because they are such fun people!
On Sunday, we woke up bright and early to visit the palacio nacional. There is quite a bit of controversy with this past presidential election because many Mexicans feel the wrong man won presidency. It’s funny, there is a massive poster hanging from the opposite side of the national palace which reads something to the effect of the wrong man won presidency and has a picture of the “rightful” president. Mex. City is filled with controversy, as it is also the only place in Mexico which permits legal abortions – a huge debate, especially since almost everyone here is catholic.
After the national palace we visited the templo mayor and the bellas artes museum. Amazing building! We went to the plaza de las tres culturas, coyoacan, and Frida Kahlo’s house. It was so amazing for me to see actual paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Wow.
All in all, that is my trip in a nutshell. It was amazing. Back to school tomorrow!
I am getting nervous because the majority of the people in our group has been sick at least once; however, I seem to have avoided it. It makes me nervous, but knock on wood that I will be fine. Ashley was so sick this morning, the doctor had to come to our hotel to give her shots. Ugh.
Anyway, more later, it’s late, I’m tired, and I still have homework!
P.S. NICOLE – thank you for the beaver beast card! It made my day!!!!