So I had a quick little three-day trip to Mexico City this week and had a very wonderful time! It's a really incredible and lively place down there and I can't wait to get back and see more of it soon.
I flew in on the red eye Tuesday morning and landed around 7am. It was pretty freezing cold down there with temperatures in the low 40s. From what I hear (and experienced this week) it's very cold in the morning and there's a lot of pollution before noon and the pollution keeps the temperature down. In any case, I jumped in a cab and made my way to the hotel in Polanco. Along the way, I had about an hour to practice spanish with the cabbie and talk about US government, education, iraq, and the state of mobile networks in mexico. It was fun to be able to talk in spanish for so long...by far the most spanish I've used in about 8 years :)
Tuesday afternoon, I had some free time and walked over to the anthropology museum with my manager. We had a great time and got to see a ton of Aztec and Mayan artifacts as well as learn a lot about the cultures. Mexico is just such a fascinating place with all of its rich history. I wish the US would have embraced and documented earlier civilizations here as throughly.
The neighborhood that we were staying in was really nice and definitely safe to wander around in at night which was really nice. I went down there hearing so many horrid stories of kidnappings and muggings, but the area we were in was quite safe. It's also full of fun restaurants which I also enjoyed...japanese, chinese, italian. Yum!
Wednesday and Thursday were "full" days of work down at the stadium. Now a "full" day in Mexico is like 9-4, so that didn't give us much time to finish all we wanted to. But it was nice to get back to the hotel rather early and have some free time in the evenings for once. I actually got to watch one of the Club America games on TV wednesday night. And because they won, I'll be attending the Copa Sudamerica finals in a week and a half down there!! Yay!