There’s no place like home…

June 3, 2010

We love visiting Adam and the family in Mexico City… but we are also happy to get home!  This time I had a severe headache for three days due to the altitude – 7,349 feet above sea level!  And of course  Mazatlán is at sea level!  Finally I visited Dr. Google and found that I should have been taking ibuprofen or tylenol instead of aspirin.  That did the trick!  But then my eyes were burning and my nose was dry – so when we got off the plane into the sea level humidity here we breathed deeply and enjoyed the moisture.

We had a lot of fun.  They are remodeling an old house in Colonia Roma so we were able to visit and see the piles of rubble and the workers demolishing a strange unstable structure in the back.  It will be great when they get into the building and repairing phase rather than the demo phase, I’m sure.

We hung around a bit – Paul loved playing with Adam’s new iPad. (see above)  We love our Kindles, but I bet Paul will get an iPad when they update it in a year or two.

We spent the day in Tepotzlán, which is about an hour outside of Mexico City.  They have another project going there (it’s a long story) so we visited there and then met some friends of theirs for a visit to a great nursery and a leisurely comida at a (yes, this is true) a German restaurant. The photo gallery below has photos of the amazing Vivero Yautepec.  They will ship all over Mexico, so if you are looking for something unusual, give them a call.

More photos of the nursery are here.

I gave Consuelo the jacket-vest I made for her and then forgot to get a picture of her modeling it.  Oh well, the picture below shows it a little bit!


We walked here and there of course and took Consuelo to Parque México in her stroller.  While there we saw the dog trainers that Adam used when they first moved to Mexico City.  They transformed Xochitl the Newfoundland-Labrador mix from a nightmare on a leash to a very well behaved city dog.  But their business has grown a lot – when we were there they must have had 50 dogs there for training.  (Photo gallery here)

We had so much great food, of course!  But the highlight for me was comida at Dawat in Polanco for fantastic Indian food.  I mean this was seriously good food.  I know we’ll visit there whenever we go to Mexico City in the future.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Sunday we headed out fairly early to go to the Sunday antiques and collectibles market called La Lagunilla.  Adam and Martha are looking for mid-century modern furniture, and they actually found a nice table.  If we had been driving home I would have bought a fantastic floor lamp, but oh well, we’ll just need to do that another time.  Some pictures are in the gallery here.

It was a great visit and it was fantastic to get to hang out with little Consuelo for a few days.  But yes, it’s good to be home.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Looks like a wonderful trip 🙂

      Hadn’t thought about the difference in altitude but suppose that would be the case with any trip from the coast to points inland. How long does it take for you to make a comfortable transition to the altitude??

      1. It usually takes me three days. Unfortunate, too, since usually that’s how long we stay! I was bothered by the altitude when we visited Morelia and Pátzcuaro late last year, too. Paul isn’t affected, so I’d just recommend that if you’re going to an altitude, take ibuprofen with you, just in case.

      1. Mic, Another thing – alcohol affects people quicker and more intensely than it would at sea level!

    1. My friend, Linda, can’t go anywhere above 6500 feet, or she gets really sick. Feels like her head will explode, gets dizzy, etc. Nothing helps, so now she just stays at lower levels. That sort of put the kibosh on a trip we talked about to Zacatecas this summer, so John and I will go and we two girls will find another site for a few days’ visit. (I use the word “girls” loosely) ‘-) I loved the pics of the antique market.

    1. <> as I wipe the drool off my keyboard. That is a fantastic nursery and we’ve driven that road a couple of times in the RV as a bypass to the big taco. Also drooling over the antique market, I have to get there one of these days and I want to go with the RV so I can haul stuff home. 🙂 Well, we’ll park the RV out of the city but I want it within range.

      Altitude also really bothers me, I get quite sick. Oxygen will cure you for the short term, if you just get one of those pony bottles and breathe from it occasionally. It kind of scares me to be too high, it just seems dangerous. I’ll deal with it though for a market like that.

      Consuelo is lovely and the vest looks adorable. Tell Paul I want an iPad too. I’m going to try and wait for version 2 but it’s so tempting.

      1. Zoe, The center of Mexico is quite high – you might enjoy Mexico Bob’s blog post about it –

        Jonna, The market and the nursery are SO worth a visit. And so is the Indian food! I will look into the oxygen idea for next time we go – It is just such a bummer to be wincing from a major headache as we try to have fun.

    1. oh, i haven’t been to la lagunilla yet, but now i really want to! shopping heaven!! did you get anything? seems like a place where you can’t go home empty handed. and, if you liked dawat, i think tandoor is better. 🙂

      1. Alice, La Lagunilla was fantastic! We didn’t get anything because we were traveling with a carryon and I had already bought four bags of organic flour to take with me for my sourdough bread! We will have to try Tandoor, is it in Polanco, too?

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