One in a (20) Million
Mexico City. El D.F. A city of a mere 20 million people. Getting lost in the masses is one of the joys of living in Mexico. The pulse of this city is unreal. With hundreds of neighborhoods and a really great public transportation system to whisk you around, I don’t think we shall ever bore of visiting this city.
Feeling a little stuck in a rut in San Cristobal I decided to hop on an overnight bus to Mexico City recently, and spend a week wandering around.
With no real plan or agenda for the week, I took off each day to check out another neighborhood by foot, met up with an old colleague for dinner one night, crossed a few more museums off my list, continued my quest to find the city’s best pozole, did a little shopping, and sought out fun things to eat. Luis met up with me at the end of the week and we went to one of Mexico’s most spectacular (and ridiculous) shows: Lucha Libre.
Mexico City is one of the world’s forerunners in number of museums per capita. This time around I checked out 3 museums: Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, el Monumento de la Revolucion, & the Museo del Objeto del Objeto.
There are several museums and cultural centers dedicated to showcasing the life and works of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. This is one that I hadn’t visited yet – their joint homes in Coyoacan. I enjoyed taking a walk through both of their homes and seeing some of their belongings and pieces of work.
The Monument of the Revolution visit included a trip up into the dome, which had great views but was a bit claustrophobic and lit up a little fear of heights. An interesting aspect to the tour was a visit down into the foundation work of the monument, not a view you get to see everyday.
Just like everywhere else, I like to the play the “if we move here where should we live?” game in Mexico City. This game entails walking through different neighborhoods, rating them on their character and stopping someplace for a bite to eat, a coffee, a drink, a haircut, etc – anything to pretend I live there. Mexico City is dense and chaotic and oftentimes thick with smog, but there are a surprising number of parks, plazas and green spaces to enjoy.
Double the Fun
Once Luis met up with me we had two days to enjoy the city together. Mostly, it was more of the same as what I’d spent my week doing…only double the fun! We quickly decided there was only one right answer for our Friday night: Lucha Libre. The evening was so entertaining I shall write another post just about this freestyle wrestling show, but for now, will share a photo of the famed Arena Mexico, where the best of the best Luchadores show up to fight/perform.
And lastly, no trip to Mexico City would be complete without furthering my obsession with pozole – the delicious, droolworthy slow cooked pork shoulder & hominy stew that is hands down, the dish I’m taking with me to my desert island!
This bowl is yet another solid contender in the running for BEST POZOLE ON EARTH: