It’s been awhile since our last post, so I wanted to write a quick update. We’ve spent most of the past week being sick. Theo came down with some sort of flu and passed it on to me. So we’ve mostly spent a lot of time in bed and lazing around the apartment.
Last weekend though Jackie (Matt’s mom) came down to visit and so we had our first visitor! We had fun showing her around our neighborhood, exploring some new sights in the City and getting some much needed help with Theo. We took a trip to the downtown Zocalo, which is the large central plaza framed by government buildings on three sides and the Catedral Metropolitano on the fourth. We rode the metro for the first time to get there (its so amazing how much our style of travel has changed since having a kid – going 3 weeks in a foreign country without riding public transit would have been unheard of before). It is one of the most ridden metro systems in the world and probably one of the cheapest – 5 pesos (about 30 cents) to go anywhere. With 3 adults we were able to manage hauling our large BOB stroller up and over the ticket gates, up and down the stairs and squeeze it into the train. Definitely not an easy feat, but I’d do it again if we wanted the stroller at our destination. Theo absolutely loved his first “train” ride and repeated “choo choo” the entire day.
After a quick tour of the cathedral we strolled down one of the pedestrian streets leading away from the plaza. We stopped for lunch at Sanborns, a national restaurant chain. This particular one is located in the Casa de los Azujelos (House of Tiles). The restaurant is located on two stories, the bottom in a beautiful tile-lined courtyard and the upper level on a terrace overlooking the lower courtyard. It was a super child-friendly place too, with clowns coming around to blow up balloon animals. Theo got a horse made for him and it kept him entertained a good portion of the meal. The food was decent, but not anything special.
On Sunday, we went back to Chapultepec Park where we had visited the zoo the weekend before. This time, however, we trekked up to the Castillo de Chapultepec, which has served as a military academy, presidential home, and observatory, and is currently the National Museum of History. The castle is filled with beautiful murals, stained glass windows, and antique furniture amongst other things and has beautiful 360 degree views of the city. Theo was pretty cranky by the time we made it to the entrance of the castle though, so we only explored bits and pieces of the castle in shifts while the others chased Theo around the courtyard.
Matt and I also got to go out one night while Jackie was here and she stayed behind to watch him – our first night out on the town! We had a delicious dinner in La Condesa at a restaurant we just happened upon while walking around – La Garufa. We had a number of restaurants in mind that we had wanted to try, but since it was Sunday and a bit later, most of them were closed. After dinner we went up to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Condesa D.F. and enjoyed the atmosphere and some drinks. I tried Mezcal for the first time, and wasn’t too thrilled by it. But Matt had an absolutely delicious Tamarindo Margarita.
The next two weeks are Semana Santa and Pascua – two weeks of holiday here in Mexico for Easter. Theo is off school both weeks (i.e. we are without childcare), but Matt has a few days off this coming week and we have lots of visitors in town the following week. We are also looking forward to seeing the city in full celebration.
Abrazos a todos!