I’m no wimp or princess when it comes to travel and neither is my friend Fiona. travel can be challenging, my latest trip has been an adventure (and a fabulous one) but also had a few things to deal with.
My suitcase full of quilts didn’t arrive at Mexico airport, nerve racking when you keep seeing the same suitcases going round the belt and yours isn’t one of them. Thankfully it was delivered to the hotel 24 hours later
The driver who was supposed to pick us up at the airport did not arrive but we managed to get to the hotel ok
On the last leg of our journey the plane was cancelled due to the snow and with a bit of quick thinking I managed to get home ok but Fiona was delayed for many hours
I had been told by several people before we left that Mexico city was dangerous and that I should not go.
Yes there are muggings – the Metro is very busy and probably best avoided if you can (Metro bus is much easier) and the big local markets are rife with thieves but everywhere else we felt very safe
I was invited to teach at the Mexican Quilt Expo. the show was quite small, compared to Festival of Quilts but it was very friendly
I met lots of lovely people for the few hours whilst I was at my stand, when i wasn’t teaching. I can’t speak Spanish but there were many English speakers visiting the show.
Class numbers were lowish, and often when this happens students say “I wish I had known that I would learn so much” and ” my friend would have enjoyed the class” “when are you teaching this again” etc (Note to myself – write better class descriptions and make them sound better) and then maybe the classes would have been full
I was in the middle of teaching when I suddenly felt all dizzy. I thought perhaps I had not had enough to eat. Next thing I was being told to get out of the building, quickly. Coming down the stairs the look of panic on the Mexicans faces said it all. I knew it was serious. It was an earthquake. Within seconds, videos were on twitter and it was a 7. something on the scale and the epi centre was about 7 hours away. After about an hour we could go back into classroom and then there was another so we went out again. There was another a couple of days later.
Eduardo, his family and helpers do a fabulous job of organising the show. Excellent translators, good social occasions, fun times, good security and all in all a great opportunity
Mexico… where do I start?
The country is huge so with the limited time we had we decided just to go to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca. the distances between these 3 were 2 hours and 5 hours by bus.
Mexico city is HUGE and has an official population of ……but surprisingly there are places and times when it seems that there is no one around.
The city has some of the finest museums in the World and some of the most inspiring places to visit.
Both Fiona and I are fit, and she is the only other person I know who is able to walk 30,000 steps in a day in flip flops so we cover a lot of miles and see a lot in a day. We like seeing art, textiles, markets etc
We saw so much in Mexico City that I will have to do separate blog posts or there will be too many photos and anyone reading this will be in overload
House of Tiles
The Blue House
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Studio
Diego Mural museum
Museum of Popular Arts
Palace of Belle Arts
Xochimilco canals and the Quilt Cruise
Museo Dolores Olmedo
Amazing, amazing museums and art work. I feel so inspired and have hundreds of photos
These are just a few and I haven’t put any descriptions (I wish i had more hours in the day to write about it all!) – more photos to come in a few days