Gym, Chapultepec and el Ocho

So, this saturday morning started with some working out! :) Santiago had like vouchers to invite some friends with him to the gym, so me, Santiago and Svetlana went to the gym. Maybe not a typical couch-surfing experience, haha, but since both me and Svetlana are traveling for a longer time, we need to do some exercise :)

at the gym, jupjup

At the gym, jupjup

From the gym, we passed by Santiagos work to leave our clothes, and went to Bosque de Chapultepec. It’s like their Central park, but bigger. It’s considered being the most important of Mexico City’s ”lungs” and is the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere, measuring in total just over 686 hectares (1,695 acres).

It was beautiful. We went to the museum of the castle too, it costs 57 pesos, but it’s free on Sundays. It closes at 17 though, that’s to bad, we didn’t have much time.
Still a very nice area to just walk around, visit the small markets, hang out with squirrels, paddling on the water, read a book, watch people..

Me and my host Santiago, view over Mexico City. Picture taken from the Chapultepec Castle.

Me and my host Santiago, view over Mexico City. Picture taken from the Chapultepec Castle.

After that we went home for a while. Svetlana had a date, Santiago was worried, haha ”Is he going to pick you up? Where exactly? Where are you going? If it’s anything, you call me, ok?”. He is so sweet. Me and Santiago went to Condesa-area and Parque de Mexico (we walked around for a while first before we found it), and right there in front of the park at Avenida Mexico, there’s a place called ”El ocho”, it’s a cafe/restaurant but a really cool one where you can entertain yourself with playing different board games. Very nice atmosphere and really good food! (at least the cake, hehe). Svetlana met us up there too and we played charades for kids. :)

el ocho, at upper left: the building of el ocho, up.right: our food, down left: us playing games, down right: the very good chocolate cake with nutella ice cream..

el ocho, at upper left: the building of el ocho, up.right: our food, down left: us playing games, down right: the very good chocolate cake with nutella ice cream..

Vegetarian restaurant in Mexico City

So, I was walking from the historical center by one of the main shopping streets, Francisco Madero, between Plaza de La Constitución and Bellas Artes.

I don’t know why, but there are many jewelry and gold stores around this area. I would guess that I’ve seen at least 50 stores on this street. It’s quite weird though since nobody is walking around with jewelry or gold because of the risk of getting robbed.

Anyhow, while walking on this street, I happened to se this:

vegres

I was like whaaaaat! So I had to try it out.

It was great, and so cheap! The menu of the day only costs 75 mxn pesos (35 Sek), and includes drink, bread, a starter, desert, and 2 main courses. They also have a menu with lot of  others vegetarian mexican food to a very good price.

vegres2

First plate, Fruit salad, water of fruits, and a cold soup of raisins and plums

Quelites al andaluz and Enchiladas morelianas

For second plate, Quelites al andaluz and Enchiladas morelianas

Desert, Tapioca

Desert, Tapioca


This are the direccions:
Restaurante
 Vegetariano y Dietético
Madero 56, Centro Historico, Del. Cuauhtemoc.
06000 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México
01 55 5521 6880

Mexico City

Bueeeeenas!

So I arrived well :) The flight was fun, I’ve never been in such a big plane before, there where like 300 people, and the first class had this sleeping boxes. We got pillows, blankets and even a tooth-brush haha. And everyone had their own ”tv” in the back of the person in front where you could choose to see news, tv-series, film, cartoons etc. So the 12 hours between London and Mexico City felt like nothing. Also I sat between some french people (who were going to make the same route as me but in 12 days!) and a mexican older couple who were adorable, they invited me to stay with them when I want and I got all their contact info. I also found out a lot about Mexico and about what food I should try to eat (that’s vegetarian) and so on. Very nice!

So what have I done? Well, I already got in the tourist-fell. When I got to the airport, I ordered a taxi and to where I was going it costed 380 mxn which I paid in their desk at the airport. (quite expensive). While being at the taxi, I changed the address to my hosts home instead of work, and the taxi had to stop to put on some gas. Then he asked me for 200 more pesos because the new address was further away, and I was way to afraid to say something about that. So, the taxi costed total 580 pesos for me, which according to Santiago shouldn’t have been even 300. But I got a quite luxurious car (more like a mini-van by myself) because I didn’t specify that I wanted a normal taxi, so already there they took advantage of me and made me pay more.

I’m sharing room here with a russian girl, Svetlana. She was supposed to have left before me but had some problems with finding another place so now we share bed. :) So I got to practice some russian :) My host Santiago sleeps in the sofa (apparently he always does that even when he doesn’t have any couchsurfers). He is really cool, very helpful with eeeverything, even if he is working a lot (like until after 12 at night) he still sends me texts asking how I am, where I am, and he answers my messages when I’m wondering how to get home from where I am.

So, when I got here on Wednesday I was kind of tired. It was like 9pm here but 5 am in my head. But even if I just slept like 6 hours (after being awake more than 24 hours), I woke up early and fine. I went to Perisur with Svetlana, like a mall close to where we live, and had some mexican breakfast. After, when she went to university (studies spanish) I went in to the city center with the metrobus. I started talking to a man who told me that here in mexico they can retire when they are 60 if they have worked for 30 years, he had 10 years left and later he was going to travel too. :) We talked for half an hour and he helped me to find my way to the historical center where I spent the whole day. I walked so much that I got a lots of blisters on my feet.. the first day. Bad. =/

I was quite afraid of getting robbed in the beginning, but later I noticed that it’s just as a normal big city. In the center, there is police eeeverywhere, so it feels quite safe.  All though I met a woman who asked me for money to because she had been robbed of all her things. She even found me twice, once at the Zocalo, and once in the Angel, and they are not that close to each other. In a city where 20 million of people live, how the hell do you manage to find each other twice in one day? Haha.

In front of the Angel, the "statue of liberty" of Mexico DF

In front of the Angel, the ”statue of liberty” of Mexico DF

Leaving for Mexico!

IT’S TIME!!!!

Mexico

Mexico (Photo credit: robynejay)

So, my future entries will be in english so that both my swedish and spanish friends and family can read about what’s going on on the other side of the world. The only problem is that half of my spanish family doesn’t speak english (Andrea! Tienes que aprender!)…
I have no idea of what type of internet connection I will find overseas, so we’ll also have to see how often I can update. I will buy a mexican phone-card and maybe I’ll be able to surf from the phone, but I won’t be able to upload pics, so I’ll try to go to internet cafés or use my hosts internet now and then, mainly because I need to do a backup of my photos during the trip, in case my camera gets stolen or I drop it in the water or whatever.

Anyhow, if you wish to get a postcard from me (not from every country though!), please write me your address, either on facebook or mail soretnemra@gmail.com. You can always e-mail me if it’s something!

So… Time to go to the airport now. Carro is picking me up at 5. My flight leaves at 7.15 and I have to change flight in London. I’ll arrive in Mexico City 18.20, but it’s mexican time, so it would be around 00.20 Swedish/Spanish time. Mexico is -6 hours of time difference. So if you are thinking about calling me someday, please check the world clock before! :) All the countries I’m going to are 4-7 hours before Swedish/Spanish time.

And please write comments on my updates, it will be much funnier for me to write if I know someones reading :)

Byeeeee! See you soon!

Corto en español:
Teneís que aprender inglés!! He cambiado el idioma de este blog de Sueco a Ingles, para que toda mi familiy tenga la oportunidad de poder entender lo que escribo, pero claro, la mitad de mi familia no hablán ingles! Teneís que aprender!

Si quereís una postal, mandadme vuesta dirección a mi e-mail soretnemra@gmail.com, o en un mensaje del facebook. Intentaré comprarme una tarjeta de móvil en Mexico, así que alomejor tendré internet en el móvil, pero ya veremos. Si no, intentaré connectarme de vez en cuando para daros unas cuantas actualidades. :)

Y porfaa, deja commentarios en los posts que escribo, asi se que alguien los lee! Hasta luego!!!

Love you all!
Byeeeeee. Adiooooos. Hejdååååååå.