Started our morning at 7:30am to accommodate all the traffic for a 10 mile drive. We arrived at IBERO around 9:00am and met Florian, the director of international programs. IBERO is a wealthy private university catering to wealthy students who either didn’t get in to UNAM, the Harvard of Mexico or wanted to go to IBERO to flaunt their social status. IBERO is a Jesuit school with many international partnerships. The university had a feeder high school on site, multiple cafeterias, court yards, and a beautiful chapel.
Walking into IBERO with a small view of Santa Fe
Cafe in IBERO
Chapel of IBERO
One of IBERO’s man courtyards
IBERO is located in the most expensive area of Mexico City called the Santa Fe neighborhood. The Santa Fe area had a devastating earthquake nearly 30 years ago leveling a vast piece of land for development. Seeing opportunity, multiple corporations set up their headquarter offices within the district. The residential community in Santa Fe was amazing! Beautiful, huge homes surrounded by elaborate security systems—electric fences, gates, video cameras, security guards with shotguns, German shepherds ect. The neighborhood was quite a sight and reminded me how strong the social stratification is in Mexico.
Standing on a reunion sight for Earthquakes!
Our second institution was CINVESTAV campus #2. The campus had amazing views!
Views were so nice, they exhausted us!
Once arriving back to the hotel after the brief nap, Michelle, Dan, Joe, Karla and I decided to explore the surrounding area. We stumbled upon the Plaza de Toro, or rather plaza of bull fighting. Next to the arena we found a restaurant packed with locals and decided to eat there. The tacos were amazing, but my favorite food item is called a tostada. The meat is Spanish sausage, and it has just the right kick to it :)
After eating we continued to walk the neighborhoods. The homes ranged from lower to mid-middle class. All the street names were familiar, but Dan and I stopped to take a photo at Cleveland St!
On the avenue we found second hand/vintage goods being sold on the front lawn of someone’s house. We stopped by and Michelle purchased a handcrafted napkin holder and Joe bought a bracelet. Combined the total was $4.00 USD. As we were purchasing the items, the store owner Suzanna, gave us recommendations for other sights to see and good restaurants. She told us that she learned English from living in Canada, Texas and California. Her son lives in Houston with his family as a practicing medical doctor. She was so proud of his accomplishments and gave us his information in case we needed him.
Our last stop on the neighborhood journey was to find a supermarket that wasn’t Wal-Mart. We located a supermarket and stocked up on cheap water. I am finding it difficult not to drink little bits of the tap water when brushing m teeth or showering. So far so good :)
Arriving back to the hotel, we were met with bad news. Our of our group members would be taking the next flight home as her mother had a stroke and would likely not make it through the week. As you are reading this, please keep her in your thoughts.