Mexico city is full of awesome little places here and there. It has so many places for so many things that I’m considering making it a hobby to explore the city. A few days ago, knowing that I love my fish tanks, my friend Luis Perez told me about the Fish Market where I could find anything I like for my fish tank.
We planned a visit on a Sunday and spent most of the day there. At the fish market you really can find anything you need or want for salt or fresh water tanks. The variety of species found is impressive and the prices are great too.
Not only crowded by fish, but also by people. Very hard to walk in this tiny crowded aisles.
You can find exotic species like a fresh water ray, alligators and even a Mexican axolotl (endangered species by the way, but oh well…Mexico)
There’s not only fish and tank gear, you can also find a few other pets around like dogs and birds.
I ended up buying some gear for my tank, a few neon tetras and a freshwater shrimp that looks awesome in the tank and will help clean it up too.
I’ve lived in Mexico almost all of my life (except for one year) and I had never seen any of the pyramids we have. I felt like I was a “bad” mexican or “incomplete” mexican by not knowing these amazing historical landscapes that everyone around the world talk about when visiting Mexico, besides the tequila, the beaches and the food.
So I finally planned a trip to Teotihuacan and take a few photos there.
The entrance was free, but I was not allowed to take my tripod with me. A security guard stopped me and told me that I needed a special permit to be allowed to use a tripod inside. I’ve heard about this rule for some churches in certain places but it’s the first time I get stopped for it myself. And of course as most security guards behave, I didn’t get informed on how or where I should ask for that special permission.
Since it was a weekend, the place was crowded with people. Ada and my uncle, who grew up in Mexico city and had visited the place several times told me that it usually is not as crowded. But when they visited, most of the times were school trips during the weekdays and they say those days the place is almost desert. So if you plan to visit to take some photos (with your tripod special permit), plan your trip for a week day if you want photos without people.
Ada and I met with my uncle, who’s a year younger than me and whom I hadn’t seen in several years. Little did I know, my uncle had just partied the night before and got home 1 hour before I picked him up. But he was a fighter and got up to the top of the pyramid of the Sun while hangover.
When we got to the top of the pyramid of the sun, there was a large crowd looking at something at the very center of the area. I asked what was going on, they told me that people were “recharging energy” by touching a little hole in the center of the pyramid. I got close enough to try to see this hole, and it was a little dent between rocks that was like a stone had been removed because it didn’t go deep at all, and people were putting their index fingers in it. It is always hilarious to me when people believe these kind of things.
So it was a very nice experience, lots of sun, we had to carry our water because it is a long walk between pyramids and in general we just had a nice time.
Back in the Bay Area once again thanks to my job, I mainly visited Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley, Pleasanton and of course, San Francisco. Since my friend Basilio moved to California a couple months ago, I had the chance to stay during the weekend for some sightseeing and shopping.
I tried ramen for the first time at Japan Town, visited my favorite restaurant in Chinatown and at night we stopped at Treasure Island to take some city skyline shots. I love visiting San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Finally after my long break from posting on this blog, here’s the last part of the Guadalajara Zoo visit, for the previous posts check part1 – Big animals, Part 2 – Birds and Part 3 – Reptiles. The last section visited was the aquarium. I have a special feeling towards fish in the water, I don’t know exactly what it is. Maybe it’s the calm sounds of water, maybe it’s the freedom fish express by swimming anywhere. I really never thought about it before, but I enjoy watching the fish.
Ever since I left my parents’ home and live my myself, I’ve always had fish tanks at my place. Nowadays a home without a fish tanks doesn’t feel like home for me.
Taking pictures of them is not easy but I think I got lucky and have some good shots to share.
I was very impressed by the peacock. I’ve seen quite a few in some places in Mexico but I rarely see them showing off their feathers. This guy was trying to impress a female and I think it even posed for my camera. Their personalities might be as cocky as they look.
I remember when I used to hunt pheasants for dinner back when I was living in Hungary. It’s been a while since the last time I saw one. They males have beautiful feather colors, the females are just brown. I remember they taste great served in soups.
The predator birds are the most fascinating to me. The look in their faces, the way they stand. They are great looking birds.
Oh the mexican eagle. A sad metaphor of our country these days to see this photo of this great eagle, symbol of our nation, behind a fence.
Pink flamingos are fun. They remind me of ballet dancers with the way the move and their leg extensions.
Their balance impresses me, how can they stand in one leg for so long and never fall down? I think I even saw one sleeping in that position.
There were many other birds that I couldn’t get the chance to take a good shot at, in a photographic way of course. Next post about the Guadalajara Zoo will be about the reptiles.
A few weeks ago I went with some friends to visit the Guadalajara zoo. I hadn’t gone to a zoo in many years. I remember not being too impressed by the animals as this time as an adult. It’s fascinating to see them up close and at the same time thinking they must be sad for being in captivity.
In a way they are no different than humans in modern day society: With the privacy scandals and freedom vs security debates lately, we’re not very different than these animals in limited areas that emulate freedom but safer than being in the wild while all our moves are being watched.
I took a lot of photos that I’d like to show here, so I decided to split the blog post into several posts, each with a group or type of animals. In this first post I’ll show the mammals, marsupials and one large bird that got in the mix.
The hippo area was at ground level and this happy guy was eating very very close to the fence, so I had a great opportunity for nice shots.
The titi monkey area was the most fun part of the trip. These little guys are very curious and will jump over you without notice. They also like to steal things from tourists like earrings, pens, lighters and anything removable from your person.
This titi monkey jumped on my back while I was photographing another monkey, then got very curious about my camera and tried to grab it from me.
Next we took a “safari” tour, where we saw many of the big herbivores from the African areas.
We also got the opportunity to feed the giraffes.
The last of the big animals we saw were the kangaroos. I thought they were not going to have them but there they were. I like the expression in this kangaroo’s face.
Before moving to other types of animals, we rested by the edge of the gully to take a landscape photo of this beautiful view. This place is called Barranca de Huentitan.