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Mexico City redux

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

After a full month in Mexico and Central America, we are outta’ here — heading even further south, on to the other side of the equator and Buenos Aires, Argentina, via a 12 hour layover in Mexico City. See how things have changed in just a month at Mexico City in today’s photo gallery.

Care to dance? Learning to dance the salsa

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Spicy like it’s namesake, salsa dancing features fast feet, gyrating hips and a hypnotic beat that spurred even these two less-than-graceful travelers to hit the dance floor on a whim. Work those quick feet and take a salsa lesson…

The mariachi bands of Plaza Garibaldi

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Forget the DJ and hire a mariachi band for your next party. Here in Mexico City, all you have to do is head to Plaza Garibaldi, where bands vie for gigs, play the latest in their repertoire, and talk shop. We spent the afternoon chatting with a few of these stylish musicians and got an earful. Find a band of your liking at Plaza Garibaldi…

Today we decided to check out Plaza Garibaldi just north of the Palacio de Bellas Artes. It’s the hang out for mariachi bands and other Mexican traditional music groups looking to get a gig at a local party. Instead of searching classified ads or yellow page listings, anyone hoping to liven up their wedding or quinceañera (sweet fifteen party for girls that is a tradition in Mexico) comes to the Plaza to find a suitable group.

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Bellas Artes and a beautiful view

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Mexico City’s architecture is about as wide ranging as our trek today. The old is downright ancient, the ornate borders on extravagant, and the tall provides an astounding view at 45 stories high. Catch some stellar views of Mexico City in today’s photo gallery…

Ice skating in Mexico?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Mexico City’s sprawling zócalo is usually just an overwhelmingly breathtaking square where history and human bustle meet. Now it is also the hot spot for thousands of first-time ice skaters. The lines are long, but admission is free, which has kept this government sponsored event packed from ten in the morning to ten at night. Take a spin on one of the world’s largest ice rinks in the featured photos of the day…

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