This was an unusual journey from the beginning since it was a flight out of Haneda Airport instead of Narita Airport. From Ebisu by train it's only 30 minutes, whereas Narita takes probably about 90 minutes since I have to catch the Narita Express at Shibuya or Shinjuku. I was also still recovering from food poisoning from bad fish I ate on Tuesday (it has been the longest lasting I've ever had, lingering for more than five days). It was also a night flight departing Tokyo at 12:35 am. However, luckily I was given an upgrade to Business class with a seat that extend into a bed and was able to get a fair amount of sleep, but it was still disorienting to arrive in Los Angeles at 7:00 pm, with another night flight to Mexico City leaving at 11:05 arriving at 5:00 am. I bought a voucher for a taxi to my hotel, but the express lanes downtown were blocked off so my driver (who spoke no English) said it was impossible drive me to the Metro bus and kept my voucher (luckily only $20). It turns out the day before there was a protest by teachers against the President that shut the city down and caused him to reschedule a speech he was going to give on the first. (I keep missing these big news events-I visited Kagoshima the day after a volcano exploded-luckily!) I later learned he was lying. He was just too lazy to take normal streets to the hotel. On that note the bus drivers were very kind and helpful, going as far as to draw a small map to my hotel from the bus stop.
The exterior of Hotel Catedral located in the Historico district and a mere $54 a night.
Views from the seventh floor terrace.
Spacious double room, which they let me check into ealry, since I finally arrived at the hotel at 7:00 am.
Don't drink the water-unless it is potable, so I don't have to worry about using bottled water to brush my teeth.
My first meal in Mexico at a hole in the wall breakfast place near the hotel, this could be my regular routine.
Enchiladas Verde, 50 pesos ($3.50) served with a bagette?
Protesters in Zocalo.
Inside Templo Mayor.
Inside the museum at Templo Mayor.
A mural inside the Museo Nacional de las Culturas.
The tranquil courtyard.
My first tacos in Mexico.
I knew about these kebab-style tacos, but it still seems strange to me.