At the beginning of this semester, Jeff and I made the goal of going to at least one museum every week for the rest of our time here. The time is flying by and there is no way we can see everything, but we want to make a concerted effort. However, life does get in the way sometimes and we have been bad at sticking to our goal. The last two Sundays though, we have tried to get back on track! Last week, we walked over to Bosque de Chapultepec (Forest of Chapultepec, the enormous park that we live by) in order to check out one of the museums, the Castillo de Chapultepec.
The Castillo was turned into the Museo Nacional de Historia in the late 30’s/early 40’s but previously had several other uses, including as the home of former Mexican presidents. (Incidentally, in case you think it looks familiar, I just read that the Castillo was used as a set for the movie Romeo and Juliet in the 90’s starring Claire Danes and Leonardo Dicaprio.)
We decided to return again to the Bosque this past Sunday to walk around and find something to do. Here are a couple of scenic shots we took while walking around:
After walking around for awhile, we decided to explore another section of the zoo that we hadn’t seen before–animals from dry/desert environments:
They had a very cool snake house but it was too dark in there to take pictures. Though you would certainly see the animals that I have shown at zoos in the U.S., the snakes were particularly interesting because with the exception of a few, they were all native to Mexico, so I had never seen most of them before. And if I see them again, I hope it’s only in the context of a zoo, because most of them were poisonous and looked scary!