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Mexico Travel Diary (III)

May 10, 2018
Written by: Jenny

Mexico Travel Diary (III)

After spending one night in La Piedad we took a bus to Mexico City – and those busses in Mexico are nothing like I expected them to be: They are like first class travel busses which I can’t even afford in Germany but there they were cheap. You can switch your seat into a laying down position and watch movies on a screen, while eating the free food they give you. But while enjoying this luxury trip I realized that it was the first time I saw it raining since I landed in Mexico.
Once we got to the capital – or let’s say a lousy old house next to the highway (which was the bus stop of Mexico City) we got picked up by a friend and went to have dinner right after at a place called taquerias el fogón.
When I woke up the next morning I was really excited because we finally went to see the Teotihuacán pyramides and they were absolutely stunning! I’ve never seen such an amazing and breathtaking architecture before but it was also exhausting walking on top of a pyramide while it’s 40 degrees. After cooling down thanks to a fresh coconut that I bought from a guy next to the street we went to a cave to have lunch in there. The place was breathtaking and it’s called la gruta (I can only recommend it!). It’s a natural cave with colorful interior design and super yummy food! After our meal we followed a ritual where your body gets energy through lightening a candle.
When we got back home from our day trip, they showed me how to make my own flan (which I’m making a lot since I’m back in Germany) and we watched the movie Coco since it’s about the Mexican dia de los muertos and the Mexican culture in general.
On the following day we went to a giant shopping mall which is called mundo E and it really reminded me of malls in the US. After having a sub for lunch we went into a huge supermarket where I found all kinds of typical Mexican groceries. First of all: Mexicans have a whole department of different types of chili. Then, there are so many fruits that I’ve never seen before and that I don’t even know the name of that they were selling there.
At night we went to a club that’s called bar27 and what I loved about it: no tourists! It was awesome to be the only non-Mexican in this club and it was a great party night!
We spent our last day in Mexico City in Coyoacán where we passed the house of Frida Kahlo and where I bought really delicious churros . There was a clown giving a show in a park and since he performed redhood and the wolf – a German tail – he decided that he wants me to be redhood. Some of you might know me and that I absolutely don’t like acting but I actually had fun pretending to be redhood in front of a crowd full of strangers haha. After that we went to a good pizza place called Balboa in Cuauhtemoc and on our way there we passed a street that was made to look like the Champs Elysées in Paris, it’s called Reforma. We also saw the big palacio national and of course a lot of churches.
At night we took our bus back to La Piedad – yes, the luxury one.
The next day was one of my favorite days of the whole Mexico trip because we went to the volcano paricutin in Mochoacan. But not only because of that. On our (kind of crazy) way there we passed a real Indio village and the Sierra Madre and I finally got to see how the Indios live – without electricity, plumbing or internet and only from selling fresh fruit to the people passing their village. Of course we also had to stop in the small town Paracho to get a mango with sweet chili powder on top.
But when we got to the town that’s closest to the volcano things got even more interesting. I don’t know the name of this town, it’s probably Paricutin, too but I know what makes it so special. People don’t use cars or bikes to get around – they use horses and donkey instead and they do actual western riding with western saddles and wearing cowboy hats. Since we went there on a holiday (it was easter and Mexicans are pretty religious) the women were dressed in their prettiest and most colorful dresses.
To get to the volcano we had to park our car outside of the town and ride through the ashes and lava rocks of the last erruption (around 100 years ago) towards the volcano or let’s say towards a hidden town under the dried lava. All that’s left from this hidden town is pretty much the church since all the other houses were built out of wood and got destroyed by the lava. We were climbing around on the lava rocks for hours before we were riding back to where we left the car. It was such a cool and at the same time stunning experience that I can’t even describe! The whole scenery reminded me a lot of Hawaii – I guess because of the volcano. By the way, if you are wondering why there are no pictures of the volcano: I didn’t bring any camera or phone and just enjoyed life 🙂
On our way back we stopped at a waterfall and had food at the restaurant la mansion de Cupatitzio which is pretty famous in Mexico.
The next morning, back in La Piedad, we had lunch at Don Camaron which is famous for its awesome seafood.
After that we left for Léon passing a big wild fire next to the street and also passing autolata which is a drive-through liquor store (of course you can find something like that only in Mexico, so: Don’t drink and drive!) in the shape of a giant beer can.
Once we got to Léon I found a Buffalo Wild Wings (my favourite American food) and we just had to eat dinner there.
We spend the last day in a shopping mall and celebrating a friends birthday but also my goodbye – because it was my last day in Mexico!
 

I’m so grateful for my Mexican friends who showed me all their favorite and so many special places that you won’t find in any tourist guide! Especially, thanks to Feri!
 
Check out my Photo Gallery for more pictures of Mexico and other beautiful spots.
 
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