March 10, 2020
We got up and enjoyed the free Holiday Inn Express Breakfast. Unlike other Holiday Inn Express hotels this one did not have a pancake machine. However they did have a superior hot food options including fresh scrambled eggs, ham, bacon and a couple of Mexican food selections plus the usual fruit, cereal and pastry options.
We filled up and then took an Uber to the Papalote Museo del Nino or the children’s museum. There we found a good sized children’s museum positively swarming with school field trip kids. The museum had very good human body exhibits, plus science, crafting and a nice garden. At over 500 pesos for the three of us it was a bit more expensive than I expected but it was a nice place. My only tip would be to go late in the afternoon to avoid the school groups.
After that we walked around Chapultepec park. This is one of the largest urban parks in the world, twice the size of New York’s Central park and on this Tuesday afternoon it was almost completely deserted. We walked around for a while and checked out the lake but there was no one there and the paddle boats were closed. We opted to take and Uber back to the hotel for 64 pesos and Holly had a bit of a rest while I took Olivia to the mall food court for a Subway sandwich snack.
After a bit of a rest we headed out to catch a Luche Libre show. It was only a 20 minute walk away but when I asked the hotel front desk to verify the directions they suggested we take a taxi since it wasn’t safe to walk. We ignored the suggestion since it was still late afternoon and sunny. We walked to the Arena Mexico which was just fine although it went through some quieter residential streets. I could see why someone might not want to go through some of the streets late at night but during the day people were out and it was perfectly safe.
Once at the Arena I got tickets for 220 pesos each for the best seats available. These turned out to be about five rows from the large boxing ring. For those who may not be familiar with Luche Libre, it is the Mexican version of WWF professional wresting except even more over the top and most of the wrestlers wear colorful masks. It was all a cartoonish but the athleticism of the performers was undeniable. I have never seen so many very large men jump, get thrown around and practically fly as in Luche Libre. As the night wore on the acrobatics got bigger, men would leap from the top rope of the ring into other men, guys would bounce off the ropes like super bounce balls and it was easy to see that if the stunts went even a little wrong there was a good chance that someone could really get hurt. We didn’t have much of an idea of who was who but the enthusiasm of the crowd was infectious and we all had a good time. After the show we took an Uber back to the hotel.
At the hotel we found it harder to put Olivia to bed than in Rover. In Rover each bed has curtains so when it is time for Olivia to go to sleep she goes to her bed closes her curtains and we can go to our bed, close our curtains and then we can read, use the computer or play on the iPads. Hotel rooms do not have curtains between the beds so when it is Olivia’s bedtime it is lights out for everyone. If we are doing something else the light will distract Olivia and she has a difficult time to fall asleep.