Thursday, March 15, 2018

Taxco to Mexico City, March 14, 2018

Tick, tock, tick, tock, time is running out.  Today is the last day of moving my stuff from place to place besides on Tuesday when I go to the airport.  I was at the bus terminal plenty early this morning and by paying an extra $5, I took a direct coach to DF - District Federal (Mexico City).  More than 22 million people live here - 22 million!  That's unbelievable!

Once in the city, I took the subway from the bus station and walked 15 minutes to my hotel.  My room wasn't ready so I stored my stuff and walked around el Centro Historico.  I found a shop that could fix my camera's flash for $40 so I haven't had my camera all day.

The Catedral is gigantic, the Zócalo the biggest yet and there is tons of shopping.  Right around the Zócalo there have to be 100 optical shops.  People on the street hand out flyers and holler.  I talked to one woman about it and I followed her to her shop.  Up some stairs, around a corner, in the back - frames, frames, frames as far as the eye can see!  So, no computer in this office.  She said an exam was better using the big frame glasses and slipping in the separate disks.  This woman could not get it right and besides that, the lenses were covered in finger prints!  They tested my sunglasses and used that as a starting point.  I was in there about an hour and just getting more and more frustrated by the opticians Spanish - she talked so fast and when I said I didn't understand, she talked louder and just as fast.  She had to have the woman who tricked me into coming into the shop in the first place explain to me, using synonyms, what she meant.  She'd put her face really close to mine and talk really loud - as if deaf and blind = I don't understand.  Oh well.  I said I'd think about it.

There's a huge exhibition of local foods, agricultural products and crafts on display in the Zócalo.  Lunch was a large tortilla stuffed with chicken, cheese, lettuce and hot.

I came back to my room where I think it's going to be really quiet which is a bonus but there's no internet in my room and they don't supply drinking water.  Oh well.  And, since I've been back, it hasn't stopped raining.  I'm busy planning my next 5.5 days here.  Should be fun!

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