Searching for Mexico (from within)
My husband claims that my last post was a bit doom & gloomy. Perhaps it came across with more woe is me than I intended. Maybe it sounded like I was super bummed to be missing out on a traditional American summer. The last few months have been partially fun and partially blah. Just regular ol’ life happening around here! That’s all I was trying to say. But just to be safe, and because I’d hate to prove my husband right, I guess I’ll go with a cheerier subject today and will have to save my draft of “9 things to hate about living in San Cristobal” for another time.
Hey, it’s our 18 month MEXtaversary! That’s chipper, eh?
That’s a decent amount of time to be living under the Chiapanecan Sun! We’ve come and gone numerous times and it absolutely feels like home when we roll back into town. Goes to show it’s sometimes as simple as where you hang your hat.
That said, the last few months have been somewhat uninspiring and I’ve progressively spent more and more time living like a hermit adopting this philosophy on life.
A few weeks went by where I barely noticed that I was IN Mexico. While it’s lovely to lose yourself in a novel, I needed to reign myself in.
So, I decided it was time to stir up the pot a bit, get out of my lounge clothes and dive right back in. Since there is no better place for a full dose of Mexico than Mexico City….off I went. Luis was already there so it was just a matter of hopping up on our beloved low-cost carrier and crashing his week of living the good (bachelor) life.
La Ciudad de Mexico
We have a few different places we use as a home base when we are in the city and this time around we went with the downtown option. It has been awhile since I’d spent much time downtown and was happy to get reacquainted with the hustle and bustle of the city center.
Independence Day Approaching
With September 16th only a few days away, the entire city seemed to be decorating itself in patriotic colors and symbols. For someone on a mission to spice things up and feel Mexicany again, this was the time and place!
A Few Classic Stops
There are many tried and true places we love to visit in the city and, as usual, we added in a few to this visit. Nothing gets the Mexican blood flowing through your veins like a pit stop and drink at one of the most famous cantinas in all of Mexico: The Tenampa in Garibaldi Plaza. Also, a visit to el DF wouldn’t be complete without finding yourself deep inside a street protest. This one required little clothing.
Been Here Before
We’ve been in Mexico City often enough that I rarely feel the need to “see the sights” anymore. That said, there is always something new to see in this giant metropolis that I try to make a point to check out one new museum each time I pass through. This time I ended up popping into three: The Museum of Memory and Tolerance, The Museum “Estanquillo” and The Museum of Popular Art. While the first two had little to do with Mexican culture the last one certainly did and helped top off that dose of Mexico I desperately needed.
With a week in the city we were able to see several friends and relatives, eat lots of yummy grub, and make a visit to the Mexican Artisanal Beer Festival, all appropriately celebratory for our 18 month MEXtaversary.
Here’s to 18 more months. That is, if the winds don’t pull us further south in the meantime.