Sometimes people look at me somewhat strange when I tell them I have no particular plan when I start traveling. I have a general idea what I want to see, and at one point (morning coffee) I read the guide and make a draft.
And unfortunately this means that a lot of times I do not make an optimized circuit in the city. I might arrive in the same place 2 or 3 times in the same day – and even more if I stay a whole week for example. On the other hand this means that if I do not feel particularly keen on visiting a certain area, I don’t. And it also means that every new place I see I find very interesting and enchanting – after all I had no expectations and sometimes it wasn’t even on the plan.
First day in Ciudad de Mexico was basically a whole chain of surprises (good ones I might add). As last week I couldn’t muster the energy to plan what I want to see here, first day in the city I had no idea what to do. But being Sunday, and me being on holiday, I decided to take it easy and visit the area around Zocalo (historical center in Ciudad de Mexico). Well, it proved to be a pretty good decision – as I managed to “tick” some of the things on my wishlist for every country I visit:
- I got lost
- I got hungry and sampled street food (I like eating on the go)
- saw a concert
- catch a special event
- meet some local people
- sample the local beer
- and more
And all this because today was the last day of the celebrations for 100 years from the Mexican Revolution. (actually I didn’t get lost because of this, it happened on my own)
So I enjoyed some concerts from Mexican, Columbian and Bolivian bands, saw a parade from some samba/dancing schools, talked with some of the “revelers” and now I have to download 20 gb of photos (no exaggeration).
The pictures will trickle online – probably I will post most after I return. The netbook I carry now with me might do a lot of things, but processing in Lightroom is not it’s strong point. Even browsing the 18mb raw files is an exercise in patience.