Am in Teotihuacan for a few days, then back to México City. I went to a restaurant called 'La Gruta' for dinner. The dining room is in a cave. I've wanted to go since my first visit (this is my third), but just never made it. Good food, Great ambiance, Very expensive! I would go back to show someone the joint, but probably not by myself.
Photos are: 1. My lunch before I left México City; chicken in mole poblano sauce, rice, soup, beverage - 50 pesos. 2. Shot of the pyramid of the sun as I was walking to La Gruta. Spiky things on the top of the pyramid are people. 3. Looking into the dining room of La Gruta. 4. Another shot of the pyramid of the sun. They're closing, so no spiky people at the top
Think Houston, without the crazy floods, and you have a good idea of weather in Mazatlán! After a lifetime of cold, drizzly, rainy weather it's a change I'm more than willing to endure. And if I'm on the beach, there's usually a nice breeze (as well as the ocean) to cool things down.
June in México City is in the mid to upper 70's. June in Mazatlán is around 90 (it's already 85 and climbing). Humidity often matches the temperature here in Mazatlán too. I think the temps in Mazatlán usually get around mid-90's and hover there until late September. It's like that up/down the coast. Looks like June in México City is rainy. Rainy season in Mazatlán starts around the end of June/beginning of July. We usually get ours at night, in cloudbursts that last two or three hours. Smog in México City is crazy though - my inhaler is coming with me! There have also been fires, but the rainy season should help considerably. Elevation of México City is a little over 7,200 feet - and Mazatlán is at sea level.
I'm only in Tijuana to cross the border - flights within México are considerably cheaper than the international ones I can walk across the border and catch a shuttle to the hostel in San Diego I would like to spend a couple of days in Tijuana, just eating street food - but not this trip
Fun to read the wikipedia entry for México City (https://en.wikipedia...iki/Mexico_City) - I knew it's been there a long time, but didn't quite realize it was originally founded in 1325! And over 20 million people - I can attest that the city sprawls for miles and miles. It's amazingly huge. It's a two hour bus ride to Teotihuacan from México City, and the suburbs barely end before arriving at the pyramids.
With Summer rapidly approaching, my idea to travel during Mazatlán's heat/humidity is kicking in. I found an apartment to share on AirBnB in México City (private bedroom + bathroom; shared common areas) for a very reasonable price so I'll be there all of June. I've been through México City a couple of times on my way to Teotihuacan, but have never stayed to see the sights. The apartment is in the neighborhood next to the Zona Rosa (gay hood) and near a multitude of Korean and Chinese restaurants. I'd planned on doing several day trips, but the availability of Asian food may wind up being the bulk of the day tripping I do!
Shortly after I get back, a friend will be visiting. She is from México City, but teaches High School Spanish in Oklahoma now. She'll be spending a couple of weeks here, then we're busing it down to Acapulco for a week! I've wanted to see their clavadistas (cliff divers) ever since I saw them on the 1968 Summer Olympics (the sailing events were in Acapulco) and then I think Wild World of Sports. Traded in some of my timeshare points - and I get 1/2 off bus tickets because I'm fíng old, so I'm doing the trip pretty inexpensively! I bought my bus ticket back to Mazatlán, but I may wind up seeing if I can change the date and then run to Puerto Escondido for a few days. Big waves + surfer boys = FUN!!! I don't think it's surfing season, but I'm sure I'll find something interesting to look at! Acapulco (and Puerto Escondido) won't be escaping the heat any - but I think the eye candy will be worth it!
Nothing planned for August, but in September I'm flying to Tijuana, walking across the border, staying in San Diego for the night then taking the train to Los Angeles where I'll catch Amtrak's Coast Starlight to Seattle. It's the same one I rode a while back to Sacramento, but now I have the time to do the whole trip! Two weeks in Seattle then off to Paris, Amsterdam, Munich (Octoberfest!), and Budapest for another two weeks! Coming back I'm staying in Boston for a few days to play tourist, then back to San Diego, Tijuana and then Mazatlán! Planning the travel and connections has worn me out! I was able to get my train ticket from Paris to Amsterdam the other day - that was the last piece needing done, so now I can rest easy (until one of the airlines makes a change that f's it all up!). I was able to book my travel and lodging, from leaving Mazatlán to returning to Mazatlán, for $1,500 - so my bank account is doing a happy dance. I'll see how a shared 11 bed dorm room hostel works for me though, and I'm staying at "The Hive Party Hostel" in Budapest (on recommendation from my Spanish teacher friend) which may require an adjustment. At my age, I NEED my beauty sleep!
And now I'm off to play couch potato watching youtube videos about things to do in the places I will be going to!