A Must Visit Place in Mexico City : Chapultepec.
Or not. But if you are lucky enough, you might experience something magical, here in Chapultepec Park.
I wasn’t amused by this Forest or Park. But then, It was in Mike’s must visit list. And what makes the visit was so bitter than sweet is, I had no idea and I agreed to walk to it from our hotel which, later on I found out the total distance is 6 kilometers. and I made it in my brand new Valentino flat shoes. And yes. It was a bleeding walking tour.
I get to see another huge statue after 2 long hours agony walk..Do you know how frustrated I was? This park is so big, in fact, the biggest in Western Hemisphere (1695 acres) containing 8 museums, 1 Amusement Park, A Zoo, Art Gallery, Old Palace and god knows how many sculptures and monuments in between. Like seriously, how could one able to explore the whole 1695 acres park after she did 6 kilometers walk in 2 hours.
Mike strongly believed that walking tour will give you detail insight about one city and you will get to see and notice every building and flower pots too
Like I said for one too many times, I was impressed by the modern architecture in this city.
and of course, I had to stop for a few seconds, here and there to
pose rest my feet
I wish I can bring this planter box home. This will make my apartment the cutest in the block. Not. My cats probably will chew it all by the 2nd day. (Yes. My cats eat flowers and all living plants)
Another stop. Which at this point, I almost give up. Tapi seperti model professional, saya juga mampu menyembunyikan riak wajah yang kurang gembira dan tetap memberikan ‘killer’ pose seperti biasa. Gitu. (just like a professional model, I was able to conceal my frustration and still able to give killer pose as usual) – I had to put translation since my husband start to complaint that he don’t understand half of my blog post lately. Urggh. Payah menikah dengan mat salleh ni kan.
Finally here. I believed this park has gazillion entrance gate, but this is the gate we managed to find and to enter the park.
The lion remind me of Aslan, the mighty lion in The Narnia.
I had to walk for another half kilometer from the gate to the actual park. Apa lah nasib. At this point, I let Mike walk ahead and I did the baby-stepping behind, and pay to the details along the walkway.
I remember that I had the same situation during my trip to Japan too. Did a lengthy walk from train station to Osaka Castle in my high heeled Aldo boots. I hated the feeling so much, I sold my boots through Carousell.
It happened that there was a photography exhibition by Daragh. If you are interested in underwater photography and wanted to learn more about it, you can visit his website at www.dulraphotography.com
So, from this entrance, you get to see nothing much. Only snacks stalls, parks and lots of kids 🙁
I know that Mike still have 85% energy to find the museum which he wanted to visit, but, just like a wounded warrior, I hold him back and he can’t leave me behind no more with my bleeding feet. But since we were at the park, I tried to make the most out of it.
By taking kiddy train. haha. This train brings you to 20 spots around the park. You can hop in and off this train but we didn’t do it. Mood dah kurang sikit.
To me, this part of Chapultepec park is more suitable for family with small kids.
When I was in agony from the feet swell and bleed, still manage to walk back to the entrance gate, the one we came from. I did the baby step again and trust me, ‘happy’ wasn’t in the mood list at that moment. I let Mike walk ahead of me until I heard a very loud ‘HAPPY’ noise in front of me. Actually I tried to take a picture of the building, but this group so happily pose for my camera. They looks like a motivation group or something. Keep cheering in unison and clapping hands and jumping around. Anyway, just like a blessing in disguise that God sent from Heaven above….
These people gave me a GROUP HUG!!! I don’t understand what they were saying, but they keep me in the center of the circle and all of them hugged me and cheering the loudest cheers at the same time. I can feel the happiness and sincerity energy flow into my body in an instant. I NEVER GOT A BIG HUG FROM A BIG GROUP in my entire life. and this experience is one of the best so far! Too bad there was no picture taken when it happened because Mike was confused and stood there watching the whole thing in 5 seconds.
And from that hug, I was able to continue the walk again and forgot about the pain from my swelling feet. Magic kan? Positive betul energy group tu. Silap silap orang sakit kanser pun boleh baik kalau jumpa group ni.
Few minutes after that, Mike was approached by a group of students with video camera. They asked permission to conduct an interview for their school project. The interview was in English (I guess this is for English class project) and they were asking Mike’s opinion on Mexico City and places that we visited. Huhh..aku dapat group hug, dia siap dapat masuk video camera. Tak aci betul.
Solar energy tower right outside the gate. Mexico already leads Latin America in solar energy production. Historically, the main applications of solar energy technologies in Mexico have been for non-electric active solar system applications for space heating, water heating and drying crops (Source: Wikipedia)
A little limped, walked my way to the subway (balik naik train la oi). Suddenly, there was one Mexican lady tapped my shoulder from behind. I stopped and turned to her. It appear that she unable to speak English at all, but she took out a piece of hansaplast (handiplast) and pointed out to my feet. At first I refused to take it because I was worry she tried to sell me a piece of hansaplast for million dollars. But then she insisted and put it into my hand, smiled and left. I was startled, and I don’t remember whether I said ‘gracias’ to her or not. I myself was so embarrassed at that moment for forgetting that there is still good, sincere people left out there that pay attention and willing to help without expecting anything in return, regardless race, belief and how you dressed.
The two little things that occurred to me while I was in Chapultepec Park make me wonder exactly on how God works in mysterious ways. Later then, makes me feel more grateful, learn how not to judge toward others so quickly and always be patient with your husband’s request to do 6 kilometers walk in your new Valentino shoes.
I must rephrase the sentence from earlier. It was a bittersweet walking tour. And I am looking forward to experience something like this again in another place, another time.
to be continued.