This morning we set out for the ancient city of Tenochlitan, the former capital of the ancient Aztec Empire. This trip involved an hour long bus journey which included a Mexican man playing his guitar( into my Mum’s ear) and singing on the bus. People also jump on and off the bus selling chocolate and drinks. When we arrived the sun was beating down and it was the hottest day yet even though thunder storms had been predicted. The sight of these enormous pyramids in the distance was amazing. There were three main ones to visit and each one was huge and very difficult to climb in the heat! We also visited the museum there which holds artifacts from the city and skeletons also.
Tenochlitan was the most amazing thing I have ever seen and I am thrilled to have been able to visit it.Mexico City is also full of history and monuments and tomorrow we are going to visit the National Museum of Anthropology which shows all the ancient civiilisations of ancient Mexico and then that will be enough culture for the day. I have to go shopping for some souvenirs and presents to bring home!
P.s. this will be last blog until I return to Ireland !
Today the exhibition of our tapestries opened officially.The Mexican ambassador, Carlos Garcia, a recent visitor to our school , was there. Minister Brendan Howlin also came to open the exhibition and spoke about William Lamport as he is from Wexford like Lamport .He knows a great deal about his history and he said our tapestries were ” amazing” and that everyone in Scoil Mhuire should be proud of them.
There were many photographers there and even a camera man.Most of the speeches were in Spanish but I did understand *Viva Irlanda , Viva Mexico. I also met Sonia Hyland who is the Irish ambassador to Mexico, she was very nice and also loved the tapestries. I also met the sponsors of the the trip from the Municipality of Huixquilican ( pronounced whiskeylukan) and they were delighted with the tapestries also. they wanted to know if my classmates were excited about their work being on show in Mexico.
The exhibition is now open to the public , the tapestries looked great hanging in such a space and Wesley at the museum did a great job.
I am glad that it went well today and tomorrow I am off to Teotihuacan, the City of the Gods, to see the Aztec pyramids .
Today was the day when I visited the Museo de la Cancilleria to help lay out the tapestries and worked with the exhibit curator, Wesley.He is the person who takes charge of the exhibition and displays it.He was very impressed with the work of the Scoil Mhuire pupils and said it tells a great story very well.
I helped to put it in order for him and also inserted the pole supports, he said I was a great help and the Director of the museum also came in to see the work. It had been very carefully packaged by Maria. Natalie , the assistant director printed more of the information leaflets for the visitors tomorrow.
I think the tapestries will look great in the room and we brought William along to help but he just hung out in the corner.
After we had finished in the museum we went to an aquarium and saw some amazing stingrays, cute penguins and fluorescent fish! I also ate nachos, they were tasty but very filling like a lot of the Mexican food.I am going to include some random photos in this post because there is so much to see in this city and every part of it I visit is different.The museum is the Historic area and is full of 16th/17th century Spanish architecture and downtown Mexico is all high rise and contemporary.Tomorrow is the big day and the reason why I am here so more to follow tomorrow.
Mexico City is 6 hours behind Ireland, so a phone call at 2.30 in the morning here from my brother Charlie to say hi to my Mum woke us up and we were awake for the rest of the night! We had a busy day yesterday looking around the Zona Rosa where we are staying. We spent most of the day getting lost but we always found our way back to the hotel eventually!I have learned a few things about Mexico City so far:
1. It is big, busy and very noisy
2.The people here are very friendly but few speak English
3.They love to celebrate the Day of the Dead which happens next Sunday
Today after a lunch of very .very spicy tacos we wandered up to the Angel of Independence monument on Reforma Avenue where the Mexicans like to hang out on Sundays. It was amazing, there were thousands of people dressed as corpses and everywhere you looked there were queues of people waiting to have their faces painted. The idea seems to be to paint the face to look beautiful but then the painter adds some gruesome details, even very small babies had their faces painted.I decided to join a queue and a lady helped me pick a design from photos on her phone. The locals thought it was funny to see my face painted and they took a lot of photos with me. Later tonight there was a parade on the Avenue of thousands of people in their costumes, it looked amazing but it was too dark to get photos of it. I am off to bed now as I will be up early in the morning to bring the tapestries to the museum and to help the curator,Natale organise the exhibition . Thank you to everyone who has commented on the blog and who has texted and messaged us .
Good morning from the NH hotel in the Reforma /Zona Rossa area of Mexico City.After a very long flight (11 hours) from Heathrow we arrived in Mexico City.We flew British Airways and they looked after us very well but I didn’t really sleep much.When we reached the hotel we were given a beautiful room on the 16th floor and I have been up since 6 am looking out over the city. It is huge and there is lot of traffic.The suitcase with the tapestries arrived safely and so did our William Lamport mascot who is joining me for the trip.William also appeared on the t.v. yesterday but I can’t open the link too see it from here.He is enjoying the king sized bed in the hotel room at the moment.It is warm this morning but some of the rain from Hurricane Patricia is heading this way.We are going to explore the Reforma area today and I am hoping to take some nice photos to share on this blog, my mother is hoping that we don’t get lost and said that our William mascot wasn’t much use with the luggage last night.
I can’t wait to explore the city today and to see what Mexico city and the people are like, watch for some photos from me(just need to charge all our devices first but the WiFi is great ).
p.s. Happy birthday to my brother Charlie!