Visitantes. Dia Cinco.

Well, we woke up Sunday morning and it was the last half day of our trip. Mom had located a ward meeting a short walk from our hotel at 8am, so we walked on over. I don't recall what was in the breakfast buffet that morning, looks like I didn't get a picture. But look how empty the streets were at quarter to 8!

It was very good to go to Mexican church, I had forgotten about the clean smell and prevalence of linoleum in Mexican Mormon churches. And that you have to bring your own hymnal in Mexico. And that the Mexicans will be very eager to share their hymnals with you if you haven't got one.

After church we made our way through a few neighborhoods over to Ave. Reforma. Among other places we passed the Mexico City Ripley's Believe it or Not and Wax Museum. I'd visited there once on my mission. There was a gigantic line there as it was opening. Glad to know it's still doing great business. We went into a supermarket, too, just to see what was up.

The Reforma is a grand avenue stretching from the center of Mexico City to Chapultapec Park and on Sundays it closes down to cars and opens up for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a very metropolitan thing, to close down your streets and let people ride bikes up and down them.

And then we walked the whole Reforma in the other direction to get back to el Centro and gave the Centro one last walking around.

We had one last meal at a nice little fonda (actually, it was pretty big) where all the food, from the orangeades to the sope to the tacos to the cubana, were quite big. Our waiter was nice enough to cut us off and tell us we had ordered enough. He knew their food was big!

More of our last little walking around...

At Mexican McDonald's they were selling 10 peso soft serves with Oreo cookie cones. Look out, Ample Hills! McDonald's is coming for you!

One last pair of tacos? Why not?

Back to the hotel and off to the airport

And after some sitting around, off we go! Adios Amigos, thanks for a great time! See you all again soon.

Visitantes. Dia Cuatro.

Ah, another lovely Mexico City morning! And another visit to the Hampton Inn breakfast buffet, today's selection: Make your own chilaquiles bar (plus popcorn chicken, a famous Mexican breakfast staple)!

We had a big plan for Saturday, a big two part plan, and the first part of that two part plan had three subparts itself. Part 1 Subpart 1: The Chapultapec Park Zoo! We got there nice and early before the crowds and before most of the animals had woken up. Just as planned!

You might wonder why we decided to go to what looks like a very normal zoo while on our big trip to Mexico City. That's because...(drumroll)...the Chapultapec Park Zoo has Pandas! And not only does it have pandas, but a long history of in-captivity pandas breeding success, just a great general Mexican Panda history (that's another thing, the Mexico City Pandas aren't loaners from China like most pandas, but owned outright!)

Pandas observed, we made our way out of the park past all the vendors setting up in the early morning 

And across the street and down the street a little...

To Plan Part 1, Subpart 2: the Anthropology Museum! An exhaustive and amazing collection of so much old Mexico history. Which would be a lot more interesting to me now that I've begun reading a book on the history of Mexico City, but when I was on the trip nearly felt like anthropology overload. I was so young back then! 

Then back outside to head to Plan Part 1, Subpart 3...but first, we pass some food stall and buy an elote. I know you were wondering when we'd get an elote! We picked it out from a bunch on a grill and paid according to its size, just like a Christmas tree!

Okay, last part of the Chapultapec Park plan: A visit to Chapultapec Castle up on top of Chapultapec Hill in Chapultapect Hill. Did you know that "Chapultapec" means "Grasshopper Hill?" Kind of makes me wonder if anything I said in the last few sentences was redundant.

Back down the hill and out of the park we went and to catch ourselves an Uber to the second part of our day.

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Part 2 of our day was a visit to Cuoyocan, a quaint and charming and lovely part of town to the south of town. We started our Cuoyocan visit with a visit to the Cuoyocan Market to eat at world famous Tostadas Cuoyocan, an amazing grouping of stalls where a humongous variety of  tostadas are available for rapid delivery and eating.

Then we walked down the street to the center of town.

Then we took a little walk through the residential parts of town, admiring how good it looked

Heading back into town, things were sure starting to bustle with high Friday evening energy

One thing Coyoacan is known for is Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Casa Azul, and I understand its pretty cool

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But you can find me at Leon Trotsky's house

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That night we did some more El Centro walking and went up to Plaza Garibaldi, where all the mariachi hang out, but I forgot to keep my memory card in my camera. So no pictures! I shouldn't have even said anything because now you're so disappointed.