What started out as a week hand-delivered from hell was pleasantly turned around by the time the weekend came and we received a spontaneous vacation opportunity. I don’t know what we did to make our apartment rebel against us so much, but one night last week we ran out of gas; therefore, we couldn’t cook anything for dinner (stove and oven are both gas powered) and we couldn’t shower without freezing because the water heater requires gas. The following morning, our shower that collects water and takes hours to drain, stopped working along with the rest of the water in our apartment; hence, we couldn’t use the sink, shower, or toilet. However, things started looking up when gas got delivered to our apartment, our shower drain got fixed, and our water was restored. To pile onto the small miseries of last week, Mexico finally foredoomed me with food poisoning and I basically died. Today, our apartment threw another temper tantrum at us and our water stopped working again, but that’s besides the point because I’m about to spill all the greatness and adventure that happened this weekend.
Our group was planning to go to Querétaro on Saturday for a day trip, but we received news on Friday that we had a three day weekend. It would be nefarious on our part to let a three day weekend and travel opportunity like that go to waste so with some quick planning, emails sent, travel plans submitted, and phone calls made, we had our new weekend plans all set.
Saturday we still went to Querétaro.
There we visited a pyramid, Skye held a police chicken, we waited 30 minutes for Buffalo Wild Wings to open for lunch like the lame Americans we are, we walked and walked and walked around downtown, weaving in and out of the many markets, and we had the most delicious fresh strawberry filled, Nutella drizzled, vanilla ice cream topped crepes with a cup of Mexican hot cocoa for dinner before wandering through the streets again to find our hostel.
Words can’t describe how sweet it felt to stay in a hostel again! The familiar atmosphere of several bunk beds, random roommates, common bathrooms, and shared living areas… it was something I didn’t know I missed so much until I was in that environment again. Even feeling every single spring of the mattress dig into my ribs and hips didn’t phase me that much. Because we had to get up at 4 am to leave to Mexico City in the morning, we all turned in early for the night. It was just my luck to wake up at 12:30 am and not fall back asleep until 3:30am then get up at 4.
We slept all the way there and upon arrival, we stopped at a Krispy Kreme for breakfast in a Walmart. Freaking YUM and hashtag blessed that the angels placed that heavenly establishment in our path. Following Walmart, we drove through Mexico City and we’re able to see a lot through the windows of our rented van. There must have been a triathlon or something going on because there were runners and bikers swarming the streets. We stopped by the Angel of Independence statue before attempting to go downtown… which was a fail because our van wouldn’t fit in any public parking.
While walking, we strolled right through the China town of Mexico City!
Finally, we set off to spend the rest of the day at Mexico City Six Flags! From the early afternoon into the night, we spent our time riding Medusa, Superman, Batman, stopping for a french fries and onion ring break, Justice League, Superman once again, and of course Medusa one more time. After the park closed and our adrenaline died down, we slept all the way until Teotihuacan.
On this third day of the trip, we were finally able to sleep in! If you want to call 8:45 am sleeping in. Something not so cool was the lack of heating in the hotel and the thinness of what were supposedly blankets *cough sheets cough* and when I woke up in the morning to shower, the heat of the water successfully defrosted the layer of ice from my skin and I was able to function like a normal person again.
The hotel was only a five minute drive from the Teotihuacan pyramids so we got there in a jiffy. The pyramids were unreal and climbing them was even more so. When we finally ascended to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun after what felt like 92 million stairs and a collapsed lung later, it was only appropriate to start playing “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons so that’s just what we did. From the Pyramid of the Sun, we could spot the Pyramid of the Moon in the distance. This so called City of the Gods, Teotihuacan, preserves the remains of one of the most important civilizations in Mesoamerica.
We only stayed for a couple hours before grabbing lunch at the cutest restaurant and stuffing my face with bistek tacos naturally, before making our way back toward Mexico City and to Xochimilco. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known especially for its’ canals, so that’s exactly where we headed to and hopped on a colorful boat to ride along the water. Some boats passing along were those of birthday parties and attached to their bigger boat were smaller ones holding a band of Mariachi’s to entertain the party. There were other little boats along the water selling snacks and tempting elote, along with little souvenirs here and there. We most definitely jammed to a Disney Spotify playlist and sang Jo-Bros, High School Musical, and Camp Rock all the way back to the dock.
This morning around 12:30 am, we dragged our feet up our four flights of stairs and plopped our exhausted bodies into our warm, comfortable, familiar, beds. What was supposed to be a single day trip ended up turning into a wonderful impromptu mini road-trip through Querétaro, Mexico City, Teotihuacan, and Xochimilco.