Yesterday we took a taxi to our school, Inter Act, to meet our manager, Michael, so that we could take a bus tour of Mexico City togther. We walked the same route that we had originally taken when Mike had his first seizure. And soon enough we passed the butcher shop that Mike had fallen down in front of. We went inside to say hello to the shop manager that had offered his assistance the day of the seizure. Luckily Michael speaks Spanish so we were able to offer our gratitude for all of his help. It was a teary moment for both Mike and myself.
We took the Metro bus to the Metro train and got to experience public transportation for the first time. Wow. It is fast and efficient and the buses operate 24/7. I can´t even remember the cost, but it was VERY CHEAP! It was also crowded, but what an efficient way to mobilize so many people at once.
We walked through el centro and the area in which the national government offices are located. This included a plaza - the world's largest plaza - that can accomodate 300,000 people! The world renowned Nomad Museum is in the plaza through April and since the mayor is footing the bill for all citizens of Mexico City to visit the museum, the line was long!! There were also native Aztec dancers performing in the plaza. Their headpieces were full of beautiful pheasant plumage, but they looked hot and heavy.
From here we hopped on the double-decker tour bus and got to see the sights of Mexico City from the top of the bus. The thing that struck me most is the HUGE park in the city - sorry I don't remember the name - and all of the wonderful, distinctive architecture of many of the buildings. The tour lasted about 3 hours and it was a really great way to see a lot in one day.
We acutally did a lot of walking yesterday and Mike kept up just fine. This morning we have walked from our hotel back to the hospital area and now we are at an internet cafe. I had met a restaurant manager, Eduardo, on one of my walks while Mike was hospitalized and Eduardo relished the opportunity to speak English to a native speaker. So Mike and I are now headed to Eduardo's restuarant for lunch. !Adios¡
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