|You know you are in a great neighborhood when this is right around the corner!|
We roamed around the area a bit, had sunset drinks on a rooftop bar and then headed to the restaurant where we had dinner reservations. We found the restaurant, which was unfortunately closed for the holiday and realized we were a week early for our reservation. Drat! Back to the neighborhood for some comfort food and home. This was about the point I realized I was VERY TIRED from the holidays! The travel adrenaline had worn off and the harsh reality of exhaustion and possible illness set in. My much needed sleep came with great difficulty and it became very apparent that a visit to a pharmacy and/or doctor was needed in the morning. Luckily, we were in an awesome neighborhood and both were right down the street.
|The view outside the "clinic"....|
I visited the nearby pharmacy and found out that before I could get my prescription I had to see the doctor in the clinic next door. A short 15 or 20 minute wait later I saw the doctor who was younger than my daughter, in a one room, tiny clinic. We communicated in our best attempts at each other's languages and she confirmed my suspicion and wrote me 3 prescriptions to be filled next door. 250 pesos or $12 later I had three prescriptions and a doctor visit under my belt. I felt better already! I needed to rally....we were doing a 5 hour food tour that afternoon.
I muscled my way through the food tour. After all, I'm not a quitter! Five hours, six stops, multiple interesting food tastings and a lot of history and culture mixed together kept me putting one foot in front of the other. I was full after the third stop....I so wish I could have enjoyed the food truck ceviche tostada as much as I know I would have on an empty stomach!
|"Avocados, the bacon of Mexico!"|
Our food tour was a little bit of everything. The food market was a visual treat as well as the stop for our most unique tastings. We were introduced to spicy crickets and grasshoppers and some other insects (the new protein). I bravely tried the little crickets and some other bug that reminded me of a doodle bug but the grasshoppers were just too big for me to handle! At one stall, a cute little girl and her mother proudly served us many different types of herbs along with a root that made your mouth go numb and tingly all at the same time when chewed up. Her grand finale was a cup with an edible rose and other flowers, fruit and some yummy chocolate pudding. It really was delicious!
|There was also plenty of normal food at the market!|
The Museo Nacional de Anthroplogia was our activity the next day. It was very near our neighborhood and situated in the Bosque de Chapultapec or as I referred to it, the Central Park of Mexico City. You can spend an entire day in that park! Between the museum, the castle, the walking paths, paddle boats, hundreds of street vendors and restaurants, the area is worth at least a day of your time if you visit! The museum was a walk through history from 10,000 BC to the early 1900's. Too much to cover on this amateur blog but absolutely worth a visit. The castle is at the very top of grasshopper hill (they really like grasshoppers here!) and has a view worth the climb. Considering Mexico City is at 7,300 ft. what is another 2 or 300 ft? We huffed and puffed our way to the top and the castle and view were worth the climb.
|The "lungs" of Mexico City, working hard so you can breathe!|
|My name is Diana, not Katniss!|
|No wimpy drinks here!|
|All the way to the tip top of the Sun!|
|Kelly considering whether we really need to do 2 pyramids in one day....|
|Yes! We do! To the Moon!|
|You gotta love a place that serves 7 different kinds of salsa with their chips!|