Weekly wrap : Mexico

Hello from sunny Mexico city ! I am travelling for 10 days for business. But before talking about travel, I started last week off with 2 days vacation and went to the countryside. We had one gorgeous, perfect spring day where I got to run and spend time with my daughter as she accompanied me on her bike.

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With more time in my schedule, I ran 4 times and got to the gym once. Luckily I didn’t have a long run on the weekend because my plane was Saturday afternoon. I had 10 K on the plan but it was pouring & cold, so I waited until 9 a.m. when the gym opened to run on the treadmill. This put a lot of strain on my schedule, and I didn’t have much time to get to the airport. Priorities, priorities.

So I arrived in Mexico Saturday evening. I am quite nervous when it comes to my personal safety, so I was worried about the (possible) violence, crime and insecurity. While I have only been here for 48 hours, I can say that I am very pleasently surprised. I have found a country with probably the most welcoming people I have met, fantastic food, a fascinating cultural heritage and I have not felt nervous at all.

I was lucky to have the opportunity to sight see on Sunday. We went to see the The Virgin of Guadalupe, an image depicting  the Virgin Mary and her apparitions. It is in a basilica which is part of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site (according to Wikipédia). Three churches have been built over time, and in the new basilica there is mass 10 times a day, always full.  Many people come to see the Virgin on their knees. There is a 4 KM route that people do. Can you imagine ? Just try crossing your kitchen floor on your knees. Could you do that for 4 km ? I saw elderly people arriving on their knees.

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You can see that the different buildings on the site are not level. Mexico city is built on a mountain and it is very unstable. The ground is sinking all over the city and even in the church on the left here, the floor is not flat.

We then went to visit Teotihuacan, the the site of many of the most architecturally significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas  (again, Wikipedia). It was breathtaking.

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The big pyramid in the background is the temple of the Sun

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The temple of the Moon

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View taken from atop the temple of the Moon

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So now I have a 3 day conference and client vist before flying out the end of the week.

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to head on over and offer some positive support to the participating bloggers ! There are more and more people every week with fun, new blogs to discover.

Have you ever been to Mexico City ?

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Comments: 28

  1. Diane March 7, 2016 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Those pictures are breathtaking. I am glad your trip has been so nice. I have never been to Mexico City but I do love the places I have visited there. Enjoy your conference and any other sight seeing you have time for.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 3:58 am Reply

      The rest of my days are spent at a conference, so it will be a bit less exciting but I am eating ALL the Mexican food. I love it.

  2. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 8, 2016 at 1:49 am Reply

    I haven’t been to Mexico (except Tijuana–does that count?) but your comment about the people resonated with me. The majority of my patients are Mexican, and they are the best people. I learned Spanish (which isn’t great) and they are so gracious to me. I have to say that I look forward to those visits the most!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 3:59 am Reply

      Every single person I have met has been wonderful and they speak English. For all of the travelling I do, this is by far the most welcoming place.

  3. Sonia March 8, 2016 at 2:38 am Reply

    I’ve been to Mexico for a short vacation but not Mexico City. Looks lovely! I’d love to go back and do some sightseeing.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 3:59 am Reply

      The amount of history and culture here is amazing.

  4. Marcia March 8, 2016 at 4:21 am Reply

    Glad you are enjoying! I went to Mexico City on business many years ago and had the same concerns but it all turned out really well. It’s quite beautiful there!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

      Of course with any city you need to be careful but so much better than I expected.

  5. Tamieka March 8, 2016 at 4:23 am Reply

    Wow!! How beautiful!

    I have never been to Mexico City..looks like so much history and beauty there.

    Enjoy your travels.

    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

      Thank you !

  6. Lisa @ Running Out Of WIne March 8, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply

    Looks like a beautiful place! Glad you are having a good trip and managed to get your runs in before leaving!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply

      With the time zone difference I have also been getting up early to hit the gym. A definite advantage of the time difference.

  7. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy March 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

    No, I’ve never been to Mexico City but I would definitely be nervous, too.

    I’ve been to Cancun, Conzumel, Tulum, and Ensenada (all cruises — Ensenada was a day cruise, which I’m sure I wouldn’t do today, and quite frankly it wasn’t terribly exciting).
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm Reply

      I have never been to any of those places… too far from Europe for me.

  8. Chaitali March 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Wow, looks like you’re having a great time in Mexico! I hope the rest of the trip goes well too 🙂 I’ve never been to Mexico City but I’ve made it to Cancun and Cozumel. Definitely more tourist-y areas of Mexico.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm Reply

      Its very very interesting ! Definitely worth the detour

  9. Jennifer @ Run Jenny Run March 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Beautiful pictures! I remember learning about Teotihuacan in history class. I would love to explore those ruins. Safe travels, Karen!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 9, 2016 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Thank you. It was truely fascinating. I have also seen the pyramids in Egypt and this is just as spectacular.

  10. Elizabeth March 9, 2016 at 1:44 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing your photos! I’m happy to hear it is so welcoming. We’ve only been to Cancun for a wedding and we didn’t get out much, but we did have lovely conversations with locals. I feel like the American media (for sure) stigmatizes Mexico as a terribly unsafe place. While I know there are rough areas, I think it’s unfair to stereotype an entire country and its people. Have a lovely time on the rest of your trip!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 9, 2016 at 8:35 pm Reply

      I am amazed at how different my experience is compared to what my expectations were. Yes, I think the media definitely plays a part, and over does things !

  11. HoHo Runs March 9, 2016 at 2:10 am Reply

    Wow. I can’t fathom crawling on my knees for 4k. Those are beautiful pictures of the pyramids. We’ve only been to Mexican port cities while on different cruises. I specifically remember the Mexican police patrolling the beaches with machine guns…we were told because of the drug trade. Regardless, we had a fantastic visit each time and found the people friendly. Thanks for linking with us Karen.
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply

      Apparently Acapulco is seriously drug infested now…

  12. Tricia@MissSippiPiddlin March 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Wow what cool pictures of Mexico City, I’ve never been out of the country period. Don’t even have a passport. I’d love to see this though! Great job on getting in your runs before you left. Do you think it will be hard to keep up with your running while away or are you looking forward to running with different scenery?
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm Reply

      It is hard to run while away, lots of my runs are on the gym treadmill which I do not like. I will be with my parents Saturday in Florida and will get in a long run… but 20+ miles in an area I am not familiar with is not very appealing to me.

  13. Kelli March 10, 2016 at 2:22 am Reply

    Exciting trip! I have been to Mexico City, although it was for work so I was primarily at the JW Marriott or at our office. At the time I was there we had security alerts for travel in Mexico City so I wasn’t allowed to leave the hotel without an in-country chaperone. Enjoy the rest of your trip!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France March 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

      I think you still need to be careful but we are allowed to go out. The President of Mexico was in our hotel yesterday, so there was major heightened security IN the hotel, but besides that things have been fine.

  14. Karen March 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Back tracking today 🙂 I enjoyed the pictures! very beautiful, but crazy the ground is that uneven. . .

    • Karen - Fit in France March 20, 2016 at 7:19 am Reply

      It was really really interesting.

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