The Buckingham Palace

On my last visit to London I went to the Buckingham Palace.  This year our Mexican president made an official visit to the State.  He has been much criticized for his performance at Office, being held responsible for 43 missing students and some other crimes against humanity.  Still a warm reception, some say, because of our telecommunication and oil concessions. Of Course, that is the fine print.

On a brighter side, Mexico and the U.K. have a great relationship, not to mention their secret war with Mexico when they wanted to abduct  mexican revolutionary General Zapata. (interesting? try The Secret War in Mexico: Europe, the United States and the Mexican Revolution,  by Friedrich Katz Austrian-born anthropologist and historian specialized in 19th and 20th century history of Latin America; particularly, in the Mexican Revolution)

Where was I? ok, back to the topic. The Buckingham Palace is a must when visiting London. It is my understanding that it is not always open to the public, so check in advance. I am fond of londoners, they have been very kind and some either spent time explaining me directions.

The Buckingham Palace

The Buckingham Palace

The Buckingham Palace

Trafalgar Biker

Trafalgar biker

I was surprised by the carelessness of London’s bikers. Thankfully, cars drivers have no other option but to stay away from them. They ride at anytime of the day, during night or day. Their bike’s roads are no more than a thin red line painted along the sidewalks. Some use lights to be spotted, some helmets. Many don’t. To take turns they just signal with their arms and hands, left or right, and make their move. They don’t even look to see if they can pass.
As the opposite in Mexico City, there are not that many roads where bikers can circulate, roads are confined, and the use of helmet is a must (a similarity here as some just don’t use it), cars barely respect cyclists.

And an added difficulty, you would have to ride on the left side of the road.

Trafalgar biker

 

 

Left or right driving? from: http://www.worldstandards.eu/cars/list-of-left-driving-countries/

This world map shows which side of the road traffic drives on. Green coloured countries drive on the right, orangecountries drive on the left. As you can see, most former British colonies, with some exceptions, drive on the left side of the road, whereas the United States of America, Latin American countries and European countries drive on the right. Almost always, in countries where one drives on the right-hand side of the road, the cars are built so that the driver sits on the left-hand side of the car. Conversely, driving on the left-hand side of the road usually implies that the driver’s seat is on the right-hand side of the car.

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