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.
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.
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.
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 ?