Mexico City Part 2: Teotihuacan
As I mentioned yesterday, the main purpose of our trip to Mexico City was to see Teotihuacan. I have always been fascinated by pyramids and had the fortune of travelling to Egypt when I was nineteen, so this was actually my second pyramid. It was my husband’s first.
We were allowed to climb to the very top, but the thing is, I am terrified of heights! But I did it anyway.
Here we are at the top of the pyramid and it was all I could do to keep from totally having a panic attack! Going up was fairly easy because you aren’t looking at anything except the stones in front of you. But the way down was much harder! The levels are extremely steep and I just felt like if I let go of the railing I was going to tumble to the bottom. Speaking of bottoms, at one point the only way I was able to continue down the stairs was scooting on my bum! LOL! Not very glamorous, but neither is getting stuck on an ancient structure.
We had hired a private tour guide and he took us to a part of Teotihuacan that was off of the beaten path and not seen by many tourists. As a matter of fact, we were there for about 30 minutes and didn’t see anyone else the entire time! The building was where the people of the city lived and many of the wall murals survived! They had been restored and were amazing to look at.
One often hears of the pyramids of Mexico being compared to the pyramids of Egypt, but I found the art to be much more similar to things one would see in China, not Egypt. I’ve often thought the Mayans looked quite a bit like Asians, so I wonder if there is a connection between the two people. If anyone knows for sure, let me know in the comments.
I was rewarded for my vertical adventure with the most amazing cup of Mexican coffee. I don’t even like coffee and this was amazing. It was quite sweet and tasted a lot like molasses, without a hint of bitterness.
I also indulged in eating this cactus! Well, not this exact cactus, but one like it. And did you know when those lighter barrel shaped things ripen, they are quite sweet? The cactus didn’t really taste like anything and had a texture similar to the stem of broccoli.
Even though it was a quick trip, it was really terrific to go do something different, you know what I mean? It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday bump and grind, so to do something so out of my element was exciting. But of course I am thrilled to be back home. I’ve always said the best thing about traveling is the coming home.