The other free walking tour available in Mexico City covers the Centro Historic area. This morning’s guide was Vladimir from Mexico City. I discovered that the ugly looking white tents in the main square are part of some sort of scheme to encourage computer literacy for children. I suppose that the education of the kids of Mexico City is more important than my view! The architecture around here is up there with anything I’ve seen around the world. Vlad was a decent guide. He displayed a good level of historic and contemporary knowledge. Vlad explained that the city is built on the site of a former drained lake and therefore much of the centre is slowly sinking. He also explained that Mexico City is prone to earthquakes and showed us how two department stores that were once connected now have a gap between them following a tremor in 2011. Vlad also repeated the story about how Frida Kahlo got injured, complete with the graphic details of where the pole went. Unlike Mar though he didn’t have comedic pronunciation of the lady bits!
The walking tour finished right next to one of those tall building where you can go up to the top for some views of the city. It’s a bit of a tourist trap but I still went up. You can’t see very far into the distance due to the haze in the air, presumably from pollution. However this one gets bonus points for having an outdoor area where you are able to take photos that don’t contain a glare from glass or perspex.
It has become quite noticeable that for a country whose cuisine is a UNESCO attraction, you struggle to get a decent sandwich here. The options in 7-Elevens or the Mexican equivalent, Oxxo, are ham and cheese, presented in a variety of slightly different options that all use soggy bread, nasty looking ham and fairly unappetising cheese. I understand that these are budget options and usually cost less than £1 but surely a cheese and tomato, egg or even tuna option wouldn’t go amiss.