Although we really didn't do any sightseeing yesterday, Alejandro and I had a pleasant Sunday together. The morning was sunny and warm. After going out for breakfast, we took a stroll around the Condesa neighborhood, and I showed him the renovations at "Parque México" (which I wrote about yesterday).
By afternoon the sky was overcast, and the forecast called for rain. (It never did rain however.) We decided to go see a movie. We took the "Metrobus" a few miles up Insurgentes Avenue to the Buenavista Mall. The mall is located on the site of Mexico City's former train station. (You can still take a local train from here to the northern suburbs of the city, but there is no long-distance passenger train service out of Mexico City anymore.) The mall is four stories high and is much like shopping malls anywhere in the world. There are plenty of American chains (Sears, Best Buy, Office Depot), but there also many Mexican and European stores. Browsing through some of the shops, I found the prices no cheaper, and at times, more expensive, than in the United States.
The mall includes an ice-skating rink.
A view of part of the Mexico City skyline from the mall. The dome in the center is the Monument to the Mexican Revolution.
The mall includes a large multiplex cinema. Unfortunately, half of the screens were showing the latest edition of "Fast and Furious"... definitely NOT our cup of tea! We ended up seeing a movie I had never heard of... "Out of the Darkness". It was co-produced by Spanish and Colombian film companies, but it is an English language film starring Julia Stiles. It deals with an American family who moves to a South American town which is haunted by ghosts... some say the ghosts of children murdered centuries ago by the Spanish conquerors. The story seemed very stereotypical... sweet, little girl is threatened by scary, supernatural creatures. The photography (it was filmed in Colombia) was very nice, the acting wasn't bad, and it was a fairly entertaining way to spend a couple hours.