Mexican Bus Ride, Riot Police and Church Irony

This entry is part 26 of 34 in the series Latin America Series
10-11-2010 – Mexico City, Mexico

Riding on a bus in Mexico CityI took my first bus ride, in years now that I think of it. But this was no ordinary bus, it had it’s own live one man band bellowing into my ear. We was on a wild goose chase for a new Pelican 1550 Case (external link) that was destroyed in my accident (post). We tried camera shops since the cases are often used for storing expensive electronics, but no dice. Eventually we found a place, but they wanted $400 USD for a case that typically costs $120 USD at most. I arranged to have one shipped to me instead. Shipping almost cost almost half the price of the case but it was worth it.

As we walked down a major street I noticed the third bus full of policemen in riot gear in the past 20 minutes. I dismissed the first two, but the third left me wondering what was going on. A few blocks later the buses were stopped and the forces were spilling out. Everyone else walk around like they weren’t there. I later found out that there was a demonstration going on. Demonstrations in Mexico City occur on a daily basis and this is a normal occurence. Still once the smoke bombs started going off I couldn’t help have at least some anxiety.

journalist protest in mexico city
Image courtesy of Flickr user Raul Urbina

Hannah from Guanajuato (post) had mentioned something about this to me, and it was all making sense. We ducked into the main church in the center of the city. I like buildings with ceilings held up by towering pillars that are big “in the way you think of gods” (line from Fight Club – script here). Apropo I suppose. Churchs are one of the few places to escape from the noise of the streets, and so I like them and sit with my thoughts. I couldn’t help but chuckle as the booms of the smoke bombs from the demonstration echoed throughout this place of peace.

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