July 12

July 12

Left the house around 11, and Andrés’ friend Daniel (the same from yesterday) drove us to Auditorio Nacional in Chapultepec Park, the same place as I went a few days ago. He was going somewhere else, but in the same direction as us, so it worked well. We didn’t go there to see the park again, we went there, because that is where we were going to start our activity.

But before we did that, we got something to eat at a small Mexican outdoor market. As we were walking through, Andrés pointed out a scam, which tried to get us to come over. There were probably 6 or so people standing around the table, trying to look like bystanders, but more than likely were involved. One of the guys involved even spoke to me in english, once he realized his Spanish wasn’t luring me over to his table. He said something like “can you come and help me for a minute with this” It was more or less of a shell game, where they let you win the first round. Andrés tried to explain, that they draw you in, and try to keep you there, but you never win anything. While we were eating, he overheard someone getting scammed, and he thought he heard something about 1000 pesos.

We got on the TuriBus, which is a double-decker tour bus, with an open roof! It drives around the city, and drives by all of the tourist highlights. It has stops every once in a while, and allows you to get off and look around, and then get back on the next one that comes by. We didn’t get off, as I kind of just wanted to see as much as possible. Also because I had already seen some of the places it stopped. Andrés thought it lasted 2 hours, but it was actually just over 3 hours!

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We saw many cool things, and a many different parts of the city. You could plug your headphones in, and hear a guided tour of what was around you. It pointed out several different points of interest.

After our three hour joy-ride, we took an Uber to a mall called Santa-Fe. I have been there a few times. We were going to meet with a friend of Andrés (Sophia), whom I met briefly while she was in Vancouver on a school exchange. We had wanted to go skating on the ice rink in the mall, but upon arrival, we found out that it was closed for private lessons. We ended up seeing a movie in the mall, Skyscraper. I had to get down off of my horse, and settle into the average joe theatre, as the times for the VIP theatre didn’t work out. Sophia & I liked the movie, but Andrés didn’t really. The only notable actor in it was Dwayne “the rock” Johnson. They probably blew the entire movie budget on him, and couldn’t afford anyone else.

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