Mexico

Coyoacan & Chapultepec

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Started out the day in Coyoacan and browsed around a market there. They have a lot of the local crafts and such, but generally of a higher quality and without the aggressive sales tactics at a lot of tourist areas. There was an artisan there selling the traditional carved and painted animals from the Oaxaca […]

Mexico

Teotihuacan & Zona Rosa

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Got a fairly early start to go visit the ruins in Teotihuacan (about 45 min from Mexico City). Scorching hot but otherwise good weather. We traveled on the non-tourist local bus (less than $3 each) Interesting events during the trip included being stopped at a Federal Police roadblock and having every passenger and their luggage […]

Mexico

The Trajinera Scam

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Fairly relaxed third day in Mexico City. On the agenda: taking a Trajinera (elaborately decorated boat) down canals first used by the Aztecs. Our destination (sort of) was something called “Island of the Dolls”. It’s a bizarre area off a canal where a man started placing old and mutilated dolls everywhere to appease the spirit […]

Mexico

Mexico City: Downtown/Historic District

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We arrived in Mexico City a couple days ago reasonably well rested after a couple uneventful flights. I’m withholding my complete verdict on the “Cabin Comfort” pillow, but tentatively it seems ok and I managed a short nap on the way here with it. As usual, she snoozed most of the flight with her travel […]

Travel

World Trip 2011 Itinerary

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Planned Itinerary, May 31 – August 11, 2011: 1. Mexico (Mexico City, Puebla, Tlachichuca, Hidalgo Village, Pico de Orizaba) 2.┬áRussia (Moscow) 3.┬áIndia (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) 4.┬áThailand (Bangkok, Kanchanaburi) 5.┬áCambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh) 6.┬áVietnam (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon) 7.┬áChina (Guilin, Beijing, Xi’an) 8.┬áNorth Korea/DPRK (Pyongyang, Nampo, Mt. Myohyang, Sinchon, Kaesong)