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 .