Travel Date: 8/27/2016

After our street food lunch, Kruti I took an uber into the city. I don’t speak Spanish fluently. I know enough to get by. However, using the uber app makes it so much easier. Technology making travel easier!

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As we drive through the city, I try to capture photos of the surround areas when I can. But at the current speed and being indoors makes many of the pictures blurry.

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Friends of mine mentioned that I should definitely visit Bosque de Chapultepec park which is one of the largest parks in Latin America. To relate, think of Central Park for New York City.

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We walk through one of the side entrances.

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And then stare at the giant totems.

 

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This is near the Fuente de Nezahualcoyotl. Unfortunately, the fountain is not operational.

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But this one is.

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And fallen trees: this one reminds me the giant Sequoias in California.

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We pass by an amplitheater.

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I wonder what this feels like when it is filled with people.

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Nature is all around us, and it is quite peaceful.

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The distance of empty path draws my attention. Where does it end?

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We continue to walk by the street Calzada del Rey.

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And stare at the countless trees saying hello.

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One tree at a time.

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And another.

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I wish I could copy and paste this into Google Translate.

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We notice in the distance, organized classes being held. We are not sure if it is a martial arts practice session or some kind of free flow dance.

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A local citizen welcomes us.

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Wow, these squirrels are being fed by the locals. He/she/it expects food from us. Sorry bud, there is no charity here today. No pesos, nor bread crumbs. Besides you really have to learn to fend for yourself. The National Park Service in the United States drained that through me on multiple visits about NOT feeding the local animals.

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The park is beautiful, and our walk is quite peaceful. There are very few people walking through the park in this section.

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We notice a photo shoot around one of the monuments. There is no point waiting around for a clear photo of this area.

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Around the corner of this monument, there is an Audiorama section. I don’t know what that is. Our curiosity gets the better of us, so we decide to check it out.

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It is a meditation area. You have to be quiet. THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME! We spend time some time in the area. I quiet my mind, and zone out. 15 minutes later, a dong sounds brings me back to conscious awareness, and we head out.

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We walk towards the castle: Castillo de Chapultepec.

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It looks quite inviting. I should totally live there!

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We have to pay to get into the castle, and neither of us have any cash. So we decide to leave the park to find the closest ATM. We walk by another famous monument near the entrance (or exit) of the park: Monument to the Niños Héroes

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We find the exit, and there is civilization. It looks and feels very modern.

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There is even a street dedicated to Gandhi of India. Wow!

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We stop by a local bank, get some cash and head back into the park. Time to go visit the castle, and my future home!

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Reflections:

Things and moments to appreciate:

  • Uber in Mexico. Yes. Uber in Mexico.
  • The currency exchange rate between Mexico Peso and the US Dollar. A 45 minute uber ride cost us under $10.00.
  • The peace and tranquility of our walk in the park.
  • The beautiful moments, places, and fountains all across the park
  • Our meditation session at Audiorama.

Expenses:

Uber to Bosque de Chapultepec: MX$170.36 (US $9.02)