February 28, 2011 Leave a comment
So many shiny things…
February 27, 2011 2 Comments
We saw several protests and rallies in Mexico City. They included protests for releasing alleged religious prisoners, justice in education and retired soldier pensions. Whenever there was a protest there was a huge influx in police. Large personnel carriers would park in the backstreets and police would be carrying riot gear and standing in lines of 20 or 30. In the morning of the 30-31st rally there were more police than demosnstraters. On a non eventful day, three policemen can be found on any street corner in the Zocalo. Some patrol the pedestrian thoroughfares on segways.
February 22, 2011 Leave a comment
We said goodbye to Merida after too short a stay. I hope to get back some day. After all, I completely missed Uxmal and a dozen other archaeological sites. Have arrived in Mexico City. Am beginning to appreciate the term ‘mega-city.’ I think I might take advantage of the hop on hop off bus until I get my bearings.
We are staying at the Casa de los Amigos (http://www.casadelosamigos.org/). For now it is comfortable and communal and full of cheerful Quakers doing community outreach programs. The library on the top floor was the studio of muralist José Clemente Orozco.
We walked through the historic centre tonight and it was thronging with people full of delightfully gentrified shops like McDonalds, up market frozen yoghurt, jewelery, bookshops etc. Lots of restaurants. Also museums and art galleries. The buildings (in
which the shops and museums are found) are beautiful and ornate.