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Leaving Mexico

June 20, 2011

¡Por la ultima vez, hola de México, DF!

Our last week, was quite eventful here in the Distrito Federal.

Monday a group of us went to Ciudadela, which is a little artist market. You want it, they’ve got it. From bags to jewelry, they really do have everything. It’s really cool to see how everything works together in a huge market like that. It is like a super tianguis, just a little bit (and by a little I mean a lot of bit) cooler.

Wagner at the Olympic Swimming Pool in Mexico DF

Ian and I also ventured through the City this week looking for the Olympic sites. I had looked up the pool and opening ceremonies stadium, but we still got a little turned around on our 30 minute walks from the Metro.

It was kind of a bust considering we couldn’t get into the stadium or the gymnasium where they did gymnastics and what not, but we did get into the pool. The pool was fascinating to me though, partly for obvious reasons, and in part because of its similarity to Tech’s pool. I really wish I had time to go swimming in it but we had to get back for our despedida by 6 p.m. Being able to see the pool totally made up for not being able to go into the other buildings and the two hours of fast walking that accompanied this journey.

Every Sunday, the government closes down Reforma which is one of the busiest streets in the city, and “rents” out bicycles to people for free for two hours to ride around the city. Not only do you get to bike, they have free yoga and Zumba classes (yes, I joined one) along the way. After six weeks, we finally had the chance to partake in this awesome event. It was so cool to be riding a bike down one of the busiest and largest streets in the world. I really wish we had time to do that again.

Since it was our last week, we had our “despedida” or good-bye dinner. La despedida was incredible. We had great

La Despedida

food, great atmosphere but more importantly, great company. It was so awesome to see everyone with their host families and hearing everyone’s “thank you” speeches. It was hard to get up there and say goodbye, though. I am really going to miss this group and my family. Although, my mom did say that when I am a doctor and live in a big house I am to call her and she will come and be my personal cook. Not a bad idea, right?

As always, if you’re interested in finding out more information on my journey check out my daily blog at gtraviswagner.wordpress.com or email me at gtraviswagner@gmail.com. By Monday night I will be writing from Peru about the next chapter of my adventure.

Hasta Luego, Yellow Jacket Fans!

Glenn Travis Wagner
Men’s Swimming and Diving, 2011

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