Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The President.

About three weeks ago, I was chosen at my school to go with our director, the prefect, and 31 kids to see the president in Mexico City. I was really happy to be able to go to Los Pinos, the official residence and offices of the President of Mexico. This place is located next to the Bosque de Chapultepec, the equivalent to Central Park in N.Y. The place is really nice with lots of trees that were loosing their leaves because of Autumn. We saw the president at an official "Visita de Estado" in which the Mexican president recieved the president of Bulgaria with all his commitive (I hope I used the word correctly). Unfortunately I took more video than pictures. As soon as I learn how to upload videos, I'll put them up here.
After the welcoming ceremony, a guide from the "Estado Mayor Presidencial" gave us a tour of a museum that honors all the members of the Armed Forces who have protected all the presidents and their families. There were some really antique pictures, and lots of sables, guns, horse saddles, and things the military have used through the decades.
Only some pictures:

In front of this monument to Madero, the presidents would
be presented. Bulgaria and Mexico's flags have the same color.

The Military Band who played both National Anthems.

Military guard in charge of the protection of the
Bulgarian delegation. The ceremony in which the General in charge
promises to defend this delegation, was impressive.

The short man in front of the flag is Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico.
The woman in black, next to him in fron of the monument is his wife Margarita.
The couple on the left is the President of Bulgaria, Georgi and his wife.
The Mexican Goverment was in mourning beacuse a few days before,
a small jet carrying the Secretary of State, Jaime Mouriño, crashed
into an avenue a few minutes from this place. All who were aboard
died in the accident. Mouriño was a very good friend of the president.

Felipe Calderón giving his welcoming speach to the President of Bulgaria.

Entrance to the museum.

The actual president and the military guards in charge during his precidency.

In the background of this old picture, the castle atop Chapultepec.
It is now a museum.

Some original presidential bands or sashes (I do not know the correct word).

I love these two pictures of the same place. Now they are offices,
but it was a place where wheat and other grains were ground into flour. It
goes back to Maximiliano.
"Molino del Rey".

These two pictures show the arches through which we exited
"Los Pinos". This was really a great experience for me and I enjoyed it
very much.

Till tomorrow. Good night.

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