Day 4 – Part I – My Trip to Mexico City and It’s Surrounding Areas San Angel’s / Templo de San Jacinto / Chucho El Roto / Convent of El Carmen Museum / Chimalistac / Plaza San Jacinto

It’s best to read about my trip in order so you don’t miss part of the “story”. If you haven’t read the previous posts, go to the sidebar on the right and in the archive section, start at Day 1 in April of 2011.

Ah.  Day 4.  Our busiest day!  This one will be mostly pictures.  Since the wedding was yesterday, and our host and hostess slept at the mother of our host (keeping up?) we knew it would be a big day, so we had cereal and fresh fruit for breakfast.

Our first stop was a beautiful neighborhood of Mexico City, San Ángel.  This is actually a link that will tell you more about the area.

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Does this look familiar to anyone?  Just a little smaller?
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There were actually a few American chains that I saw.  Kinda bummed me out.  When I’m visiting another area, I like to forget all about where I’m from and just want to see local sights/restaurants.  I also saw a McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC.  They actually have delivery men for KFC that deliver on bicycles!  The bikes have huge baskets which is really a box with the KFC logo on each side.  I wanted to take a picture – it was pretty cool – but my brother wouldn’t drive around the block.  We even ordered pizza from Pizza Hut our last night.

They were making ___ (I’ll fill in later) on the sidewalk and our host just had to stop to buy one.  He let us sample it.  Mmmmmm.   Got a little kick to it though!  The other people were also buying them.

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We stopped at Templo de San Jacinto.  When we first walked onto the property, we saw these nuns selling items to raise money for charity.

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What did I have to do?  Go to the bathroom.  Now, at the pyramids I paid a woman in the bathroom for folding a paper towel and handing it to me after I washed my hands, but this bathroom you actually had to pay to use.

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There was a man inside the gate handing out folded paper towels and folded strips of toilet paper.

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I actually did point to my camera asking if these women didn’t mind if I took a picture of them.  This first woman was nodding with a smile.  She told the other’s.  I “assumed” they all thought it was alright.  Then, when I had the pictures on my computer screen, I noticed that all their faces were turned or covered except the one woman.  They’re outside the church waiting for mass to be out.  They have small bowls to collect money.  Our host said that they have no head of the house to take care of them, so they have to get money on their own.  They basically panhandle.
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My sister-in-law couldn’t pass up this lady making ______ (will fill in later) with green corn meal.

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Mexico City is very dog friendly.  These two guys were sitting at a restaurante with their dog.  The owner took the time from his meal to stand up and stood beside me to get the dog to look.  He even had the dog stand on it’s hind legs for me.

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We ate at a restaurant across the street.

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Like I said, so many things to take pictures of!  I was taking one picture and I almost missed this dog!  I wish I would have got him coming instead of going.

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We had lunch at Chucho El Roto.  When we had walked by here in the morning, we saw a Mariachi playing to the patrons:

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This is what my brother had.  I’m not sure what it was.  I think tacos.

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I had sopes and they were sooooo good:

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This was my sister-in-law’s appetizer – Pancita (cow’s stomach).  You can always count me in to try something new at least once.  The taste and consistency was like clams.

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Saturday art market in Plaza San Jacinto:

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Now we’re at the Convent of El Carmen Museum which was a convent for Carmelite nuns:
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This is actually at the upper left corner of a doorway:
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I was told this is basically one of the prison “cells” that nuns had to stay in when they did something wrong:

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The hall way of “cells”.  There are numbers above every door:

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Mummies:
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You’re unable to use flash with photography in the convent, but a guard told me and our hostess that we were unable to take pictures in this room.  Well everyone else didn’t get the message, so I took pictures too.  I did ask someone in our group if I’d go to h-e-double toothpicks for it:

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“Between 1917 and 1918, troops ransacked the convent, looking for treasure. What they found in the crypt area instead were a number of well-preserved, naturally occurring mummies. The museum has 12 mummies on display in the crypt area, however, many are in deteriorating condition because they are not in hermetically sealed cases.”*

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We’re now heading to the beautiful Chimalistac which is a small neighborhood in San Ángel:

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When we pulled up to this beautiful park in this equally beautiful neighborhood, we heard vicious dogs.  It turns out this policeman guards the neighborhood with his three dogs:

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What a beautiful pose!

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It’s not the end of our day, but we’re heading out of San Ángel.  I’ll see you tomorrow for the 2nd part of our day 4.

p.s.  Still missing two suitcases.
*taken from Wikipedia

2 thoughts on “Day 4 – Part I – My Trip to Mexico City and It’s Surrounding Areas San Angel’s / Templo de San Jacinto / Chucho El Roto / Convent of El Carmen Museum / Chimalistac / Plaza San Jacinto

  1. The nuns’ cells were not prision cells. They were their private chambers where they slept. They are called cells (celdas) because their very small.

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