Our time in Mexico City was nothing like what we’d imagined. As one of the largest cities in the world, we knew we weren’t going to be able to spend enough time here to really give this city justice so we picked a few points of interest and set off.
We had planned on spending 4 nights here, but soon realized we needed at least one more day. It didn’t take long for our allergies to flare up (which for Erica means bronchitis as well), causing us to use several of our days here attempting to recover.
Being on the road also tends to start putting us in a permanent backpacker-mindset if not kept in check. Needing a day to feel like ‘normal’ people, we decided to walk down to a nearby mall and see a movie. Now, you may find yourself asking “What movie did they watch in Mexico City?”. The answer? Well, it’s not as simple as that. You see, Erica is film major with very high expectations for movies and Shaun is dude. Not just any dude, but a dude who has not driven his Subaru WRX (or any other car) for a month now. He goes through withdrawls, bad, and needs a fix. Like any crack whore knows, you do what you need to survive. On this day, survival meant sitting through Rapido y Furioso 5. And, plot/realism aside, not a completely terrible movie.
Much of our time was spent in Coyoacan, a very safe part of the city. In fact, it seemed to us that the only thing you have to worry about in Coyoacan is having your business shut down for “Violating the law”. You’d be hard-pressed to find a block devoid of at least one building plastered with the yellow signs, acting as a reminder that EVEN YOUR ART STORE ISN’T SAFE!!! However, even with so many businesses closed down, the neighborhood was hopping well into the night. It was here that we got our first, wonderful tastes of churros relleno and churros and hot chocolate. Along with tacos al pastor, add them to your “food you should absolutely try in Mexico City” list.
One of our other highlights here was meeting up with Laura (of GoMexicoGuide.com) and her fiancee, Carlos. We spent a couple evenings getting to know each other, laughing, sharing stories, and probing all the advice we could from them. Good times were had by all.
Mexico City is a place where anything is possible if you know where to go. Hopefully next time we’ll be in better health and be able to get more accomplished.
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