But first, we had to walk to his friends apartment so he could feed their cats. The friends live on the 9th floor and have a decent view of the city.
We took a taxi to Coyoacan. Adrian was going there to visit his father anyhow and said it was a nice area to wander around. We went to the market where he knows a busy popular place that makes fruit smoothies and sandwiches. He recommended Ruth and I split a sandwich, and it was a good recommendation!
The sandwich place in the market. We had to wait a few minutes to get a seat.
Now that's a sandwich! And look at the size of the fresh fruit smoothie! One sandwich and one smoothie for 75 pesos ($6.00).
Pinatas for sale
After brunch, Adrian walked us to the plaza and pointed out a few places we could visit, then left us on our own. We wandered around for a couple of hours, sat in the plaza and watched the people, visited a cultural house and of course the cathedral. Coyoacan was just another small town until it was amalgamated into part of Mexico City many many years ago as the City grew.
Ruth relaxing in the quiet plaza outside the cultural house.
Nice gardens, but otherwise not much to see. Good thing entrance was free.
The statue and fountain in the main plaza at Coyoacan.
The cathedral is nothing special on the outside.
But the inside is very ornate! There was a communion or something going on.
We then took the local bus for 3.5 pesos (28 cents) each, to the University of Mexico City. This is the largest university in Latin America, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because of the "outstanding" architecture. Personally, I didn't find it that outstanding, only one building really caught my eye.
The library building, with a mural done with different colored stones.
Close up detail of the stone work.
Opposite the university is the stadium where the 1968 Olympics were held. We weren't allowed inside.
We walked to the metro station and took the subway back to Adrian's apartment. Made it there for 6:00pm so it was still light out. We had walked for miles and our legs felt it! We relaxed for a couple of hours and then Adrian took us to a nice Thai restaurant for dinner. We haven't eaten out this much for a long time! But Adrian is a young single guy with a decent income who doesn't do much cooking so he knows a lot of good restaurants.
Today, we are off to the central zone (many things are free on Sunday's), and then tonight Ruth is going to make Adrian dinner!