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Old 12-28-2012, 11:40 AM   #38
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Mexico City….Don’t be so scared you miss out!

Garry Dymond kindly met us at Lerma BMW to guide us back to his home in Chamontoya, Álvaro Obregón, Ciudad de México. Garry and Yvonne settled us in and were amazing hosts! We may never want to leave “Garry's Hostel”.


Screen Shot 2012-10-22 at 1.58.01 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Hostel Garry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Garry & Yvonne Dymond by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We ventured out (yes in MC and on our own) to connect up with some fellow BMW riders we had happened to meet at a Pemex on the way from Jalpan to San Miquel de Allende. Diana and Frederick invited us to the Moto Expo.


Expo Moto by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan Expo Moto Dakkar bike by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dan Expo Moto by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


They also introduced us to many of their friends including Juan.


Expo Moto gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We managed to find our way “home” in the dark without needing to make one of the famous “we found 2 of your lost Gringo” calls to Yvonne. Then we had our first of several late night visits to SUPER TACO.


Super tacos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Plus to our delight Grandma had made us a delicious flan for dessert!


Dan Flan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


After a delicious breakfast by chef Garry we set off for downtown by bus and Metro.


breakfast Chez Garry by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Vancouver metro add by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We arrived in the Zocolo to find a huge book fair and writers expo. The Cathedral was crowded with a special celebration with live music and singing.


Cathedral MC by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral MC 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral MC 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The National Palace houses the spectacular murals of Diego Rivera and several permanent and temporary art exhibits.


Palacio national by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Palacio national 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Murals 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Murals by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Murals 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Walking down Reforma to the Plaza of the republic, there were several interesting churches including the Cathedral of San Francisco Grande where there were massive paintings on canvas. We wandered around the Zona Rosa and again made it easily home if a bit late. Luckily not to late for super taco!


Fountain on reforma by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral San Francisco Grande by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral San Francisco Grande 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Cathedral San Francisco Grande 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


On Saturday after Ivonne's amazing chilaquiles we set out for the City again. There is some pretty good neighbourhood graffiti in the barrios.


chiliquesles by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


graffitti by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Museum of Anthropology is a must see if you visit the capital.


Museum of Anthropology by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Mexico 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Gulf coast by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Gulf coast 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Mexico by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Museum of Anthropology Botorini codex by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony that consists of dance and the climbing of a 30 meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought.


Dance of the flyers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dance of the flyers 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dance of the flyers 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The Mexico City Alebrije Parade is an annual event to honor Mexican handcrafts and folk art, especially a hard kind of papier-mâché called “cartonería” and the creation of fantastic figures with it called “alebrijes.” Alebrijes are chimera-like creatures painted in bright colors. They are up to four meters in height and three meters in width. The parade begins at the Zocolo or historic center of Mexico City and travels down the Paseo de la Reforma to the Angel de la Independencia. Musicians, clowns, and people with costumes and on stilts accompany the giant creatures.


Alebrije Parade 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Alebrije Parade by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Garry and Ivonne took us to the historic area of Coyacan to experience the festive weekend atmosphere and taste some of the delicious street foods.


coyacan churros by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


sweets by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Sunday we had the deluxe tour of the pyramids at Teotihuacan by Garry, including amazing lamb soup and tacos on the way.


breakfast lamb 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


breakfast lamb by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

He took us to all the places the Gringo never experience, including the shaved ice man.


Dan and Garry pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Getting energy at pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


puma pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02358 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan museum by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


pyramids at Teotihuacan 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


shaved ice by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We met up again with our BMW friends for an evening tour of the city and dinner with a lovely view of the Zocolo.


Zocolo view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Zocolo view 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Sara & Dan Zocolo view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Biker gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Well we thought we were off to Oaxaca. Unfortunately Daniel's bike died, but luckily only 2 blocks from Garry’s and not 20 km away at Yamaha where he went to buy oil. They diagnosed the issue as the alternator, which we can get rewound here for about 1000 Pesos and keep as a spare. Fortunately we had friends coming from Seattle to bring us the new parts we needed to get the F800 back on the road. This gave us time to experience other local delicacies like huauzontle which is like a breaded vegetable that is sort of like broccoli and quince paste and fresh cheese.


Huauzontle by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Dulce de Membrillo con queseo by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We visited the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadeloupe. The ancient church is so lopsided you can feel it when you walk inside.


Virgin of Guadaloupe by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe nave by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe tilt 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe Tilt by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe image by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe Candles by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe Candles 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe View by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Virgin of Guadaloupe 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Daniel spent his birthday installing the new stator. He carefully followed the instructions and we were so happy when the bike was working again. Now finally off to Oaxaca.


DSC02409 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
DSC02410 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02412 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02415 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02416 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02413 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


DSC02414 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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