First Night in Mexico City

21 January

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.

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