When was the last time you popped a letter in the post? Personally, I cannot remember, but I do not think it was recently. When I first moved to Europe, I spent hours sitting in smokey French cafes (you could still smoke in cafes back then), drinking espresso (the cheapest drink I could get) and keeping up on my correspondence. Then I would stand in line at the dreary La Poste near the Pathe Chavant and ask for my stamps and par avion stickers. After seeing this stunning Correo Mayor (Main Post Office) in Mexico City, I would be willing to stand in line for hours waiting for my stamps.
It was brief, it was busy, but I had a great mini-tour. I braved the teacher protests and the demonstrations for a walk around my neighborhood, got over my fear of eating alone in foreign countries and sampled some of the best enchiladas con mole, met some of our fabulous alumni and caught up with them over tequila and beers (not for me). They can put it away.
Today, I am in Peru and am very excited about this, I arrived last night. I have not yet been to Peru but have heard great things about the country, the city and the cebiche!
Hello from Mexico City. Then sun is shining and I am heading to meetings. I get a kick out of the VW Beetle taxis that are crawling the streets. Maybe I will be able to hitch a ride in one- although I have been warned about the taxis. Beep-beep.
FINAL PHOTOS… After, going through my photos this weekend, I had to post these final shots of my fall travels.
I am starting to organise my spring travel schedule- it is going to be a busy one. Look forward to more adventures starting in January with Thailand.
I loved Mexico City. From what little I saw of it, I was impressed by its history, architecture, food and friendly people, although I was a bit disappointed in the hotel-lobby bar margaritas*.
I had the opportunity to poke around downtown after one of my many meetings. Here are some of the photos:
Ben and I made margaritas a few Friday’s ago- we used this recipe for Fresh Margarita’s, these were much better than my Mexican Margarita experience.
La Reforma the main thoroughfare in Mexico City, home of hotels and the U.S. Embassy, was the location of the Dios de Los Meurtos carnival decorations. There were loads of examples of brightly-coloured creatures fashioned from paper mache and other materials.
Here are some of my favourite examples:
It was a perfect time of year to visit. The weather was perfect, maybe even a bit too warm, but a lovely stroll for enjoying the floats.
WOW… I do not usually post pictures of my school visits, but IPADE in Mexico City was too impressive not to showcase. I arrived early and enjoyed some time in the perfectly groomed garden reading Vanity Fair on the iPad while I soaked in all the vitamin D I could (winters are long in Edinburgh).
The main offices are in an old hacienda which is historically significant. The Hacienda of San Antonio Clavería was formed in the last third of the seventeenth century. Its first proprietor to be known was Domingo Bustamante, a Spaniard. When Mr. Bustamante died the Hacienda was bought by a man surnamed Otero for a ridiculous sum of money.
The Hacienda just managed to survive the fierce wars in the Mexican nineteenth century. By the twentieth, it was converted into a wheat barn, a situation which didn’t help the building’s architecture. It was restored in 1951. The Institute arrived in 1967 and shortly after the Business School.
I have never been tempted to study business, but sun-dappled, lego-team building activities in the garden, perhaps… Ben fancy two years in Mexico- por favor?