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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default My Mexico Fiesta Experience **WRC Update MARCH 5th **

I am down here for the Ford Fiesta launch (fast shameless plug below).
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I spend my time between Cuautitlan and Irapuato and there is enough cool crap to do every weekend for months. Figured I might as well entertain you guys at the same time. I'll try to take this in order.

Irapuato is a fairly traditional city, not many chains or American influences, which to me, is good. A lot of traditional restaurants and very nice people.

The first place worth mentioning was Guanajuato. It is a silver mining town started in the 1500's and finally established in the 1700's. The term Guanajuato comes from "Hill or Frogs" and started when outsiders came to the mountainous areas and declared it only hospitable to frogs. It was where Diego Rivera was born and raised and where Mexico's independence war started. It is about 7,000 feet elevation. The town has preserved most of it's old buildings and it has turned into a place more for tourism than mining, although they still mine the area. It has a University and many old temples that are still active. A lot of the old mines have been turned into tunnels to navigate the city since the cliff would not allow it. The town is kept very clean and very safe.

Pics from my point and shoot, unfortunately I didn't have my SLR with me.





This is the Mercado Hidalgo, which has been converted to a large shopping center for vendors.






This is the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato, which is still active. They were in mass when we were there (Sunday late morning)






This is looking up at the statue of El Pipila. A man who was taunted because of his physical deformity ultimately ended up becoming a hero because of an action that his deformity helped him accomplish during the Independence War. It is a very interesting story.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_P%C3%ADpila








The University








Templo San Javier


Courtyard of the Camino Real, a popular higher-end hotel in Mexico where we parked our car for the day.


A parade on Sunday afternoon through downtown which paid respects to lost loved ones




Can't wait to return with my SLR.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:48 AM   #2
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While I am in Mexico City I am staying in Sante Fe, a community on the SW corner of Mexico City. It is safe and clean, not your typical Mexico City feel. For having 28 million people in the metropolis of Mexico City, most people are actually very nice and helpful. You still have to be careful though. Generally don't walk the Centro areas at night alone, and if you need a cab you either call your apartment complex and they will send one, or if you are at a reputable shopping district, they will call a company for one. Apparently it is the independent cabbies that have side jobs as kidnappers.





Driving in the city is beyond chaotic. Take the worst you have seen in Detroit and multiply it by 10, then consider that normal. A 30 mile car ride across the city takes 3 hours. Cutting people off is normal driving. If you have to look twice, you already missed your chance.

The first week I was there I was pulled over for driving my rental car (thanks Hertz). Depending on the color of your license plates and the last number of your license plate you are regulated to driving either certain days of the week or certain hours of certain days inside the city limits. You can buy a special registration that allows you to drive anytime, but apparently my car didn't have that. I was escorted to the impound lot where it took 3 hours to settle. They wanted to impound the car for 30 days or have us buy a temp registration for 1,800 pesos. In the end we drove away only paying $100 pesos ($8USD) per person. The policia didn't speak any English; thankfully one person in our car knows Spanish well enough. The other 2 were brits who were just along for the ride.



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Our next weekend adventure was the Teotihuacán Pyramids which are about 2 hours NE of Mexico City. Entry fee is a mere $40 pesos per person. There are 2 pyramids, the Sun and the Moon. The Sun was fully completed by the natives, but it has been recently discovered that the sun pyramid my have been designed to be a water pyramid. They just found canals under the pyramid and a children's burial ground which are generally associated with water pyramids. The moon pyramid was only 80% completed but no one really knows why it wasn't completed. There is evidence of a huge fire that traveled through the community but after the fire, they never rebuilt the community and instead moved on to a different location. Thought are that the fire destroyed the dirt and they could not grow crops nearby anymore, but that is only a guess.

It is the first pyramids I have seen and they are simply amazing to think of how they were all built, not only the labor, but the geometry to get the angles right in the entire complex.

Riding in style. 20 people and $400 pesos per person to drive us 2.5 hours one way, sit there for 6 hours, then 2.5 hours back. I have no idea how the driver was making money.


The Sun Pyramid









Looking left off the front face



Back at the face




On the flats, walking to the moon pyramid






The Moon Pyramid





Looking back at the Sun Pyramid










Next was dinner, in a restaurant in a huge cave.





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That’s all for now. Next up will hopefully be the Mexico City historical district. Then Dec 5th I will be photographing the Mexico Xtreme Rock Racing event up near Guanajuato.
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Restaurant cave?


That is awesome.
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Very nice. You look like you fit in just like a local.
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Awesome pics.

Love the riced er I mean beaned out VW.
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no, should I?

Is this the Gavin from Fenton?
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Very cool. Looks like you are making the best out of it.
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Just had are hot and sexy rep in here giving us training on the Fiesta.......areeba areeba!!
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Sweet. My boss spent a few days down there last week for the Fiesta launch too.
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Finally had another day off; Monday the 16th. It is a National Holiday in Mexico, to celebrate the Mexican Revolution Day. We decided to head downtown to the Historical District. It is about a 45 min drive from the metro area of Sante Fe. We left early to try to beat a lot of the traffic. It worked great, we were there by 9am walking around, atleast 3 hours before the rush starts, and before the street vendors even set up.

While you look through all these pics, it is interesting to see how a lot of the buildings are no longer square and are leaning. Many of them are approaching 500 years old and are slowly sinking into the ground, or shifting through earthquakes.

Our first area was the Zocalo, which is the large square. In fact, it is the largest (or second largest in the world, depending how you measure it), only behind the Red Square. The building on the north boundary of the square is known as "The Cathedral" which started construction somewhere around 1575.









The West side of the Zocalo is the National Palace, built in 1840s and used until 1880, when a huge fire swept through the building. They moved to surrounding buildings for a period of time, but some of the National Palace is still used today. Part of it is open to the public.

Once you walk through the main gates, you walk into an enclosed square with a large fountain. It made for perfect pictures.






The main debate hall


There is also a huge garden area inside the walls of the palace




Looking from the garden back to the fountain, and out the main entrance


The next building was Latin Americas first Sky-Scraper (approx 44 floors).

Here is the view back to the Zocalo

The Cathedral


The Zocalo


Alameda, the oldest public park in Mexico



Random overlook shots… that's not fog…




Palace of fine arts.


Back to the ground, here is the Palace of Fine Arts




Looking back up at the Tower



Then we took a 20 min subway ride to Basilica de Guadalupe (which was amazing clean, well organized, well lit, etc). This is the most visited cathedral in the world, and is home to the famous cloak. It was a cloak worn by a local peasant who had a dream and woke up to discover the image of the Virgin Mary had been imprinted into his cloak. It is on display for all to see.


The grounds of the Basilica are very large. It includes the original Basilica, the temple on the hill, and the modern Basilica.
Here is the original Basilica with the temple on the hill in the background.



The temple




Looking back over the city
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