Titus Goes to The City (Mexico City)

Its been awhile since we last posted about taking Spanish classes in Guanajuato. Since then we’ve actually made it all the way to the Yucatan (with no service in Isla Blanca – therefore no blog posts!), and are currently driving west again towards Oaxaca to finish out Mexico. Before heading to the coast of Yucatan we made a couple more stops in cities in central Mexico, most notably, Mexico City (also known as DF – Distrito Federal).

DF boasts a population of 9 million (with the greater Mexico city having 21 million). I always thought that Mexico City would be like combining the amount of people and energy of Manhattan with the traffic and smog of LA, and the grit of a Mexican city. Boy was I wrong. What we actually found were that people are spread over numerous neighborhoods with low-lying buildings (imagine the 2-4 story buildings of San Francisco), and each neighborhood had its own feel and character, and felt oddly tranquil.

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Downtown Mexico City

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The very upscale Oscar Wilde intersection in Mexico City

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There are awesome murals all over Mexico City. This was in the subway

We made a bold decision to drive Titus into Mexico City and try to find a parking garage for the week (as opposed parking outside at Teotehicaun and busing in). We paid for this in two ways:

  1. We got pulled over by police entering the city for having a GPS device in our window. It was a classic Mexican shake-down for money and we tried to pull the “we will go to the station and take our ticket please” but at the end of the day we caved and gave the cop $20 to let us go. We are going to work on our approach for next time – as we are sure there will be a next time that we get shaken down for cash.
  2. Titus is just too darn tall for most parking garages. We were VERY lucky that we had found an awesome AirBnb in Colonial Roma with 24 hour security. 50 pesos a day bought us some eyes for Titus as he was parked… on the street…in Mexico City…for SIX DAYS!
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We actually street parked Titus in Mexico City for the entire week with no problems. We paid our building's security guard 50 pesos a day to watch it though.

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Jenine "working" at our amazing Airbnb in Mexico City

Colonial Roma was such a fantastic neighborhood to “live” in for a week. We spent a good amount of time eating in the amazing restaurants, cafes, and comida joints (50 peso lunch which is really the biggest meal of the day for most Mexicans). What was so cool was that each neighborhood was dotted with places to eat in between the cute houses, especially around Roma and Condesa. Our favorite restaurant experiences were Cassius (for late-night dinner and great cocktails) and Contramar (for the big late lunch).

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This cool restaurant was tucked in the neighborhood that we stayed in. Next door are all residential houses

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Me trying to order at the neighborhood Argentinian restaurant

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One of the many great meals we had in D.F.

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This was our first time eating pozole and at the best Pizole place in Mexico City - La Casa De Tono

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After dinner drink in Colonia Roma at Lilit - so many bars had this open air loungy feel with couches and swank lighting

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We met up with friends in Mexico City - Johnny and Jessica who just moved back to the city. They took us to an awesome Cuban restuarant

I was also getting pretty shaggy and in desperate need of a haircut; however, I was nervous about explaining what I wanted in Spanish (or more importantly what I didn’t want). This great hipster spot was a few blocks away from where we were staying and after walking by numerous times I got up the courage to walk in. I walked out with the most amazing haircut (and neck massage) for about $35!

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Jenine got her haircut in a funky hip salon

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Jenine's new mexico city haircut

Of course we spent a good amount of time visiting the tourist sites. We took the Metro down to the Zocalo (historic center) and spent some time viewing many of Diego Rivera and other famous muralists in the Palacio Nacional (the presidential palace) and the Palacio de Belles Artes, as well as a stop in the Cathedral Metropolitana.

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The Metropolitan Cathedral - view from the square

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One of the more famous Diego Rivera murals depicting the history of Mexico

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Inside the old parliament building

Also managed to make it to the Anthropology museum, which had quite an expansive collection of Aztec and Mayan artifacts.

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Inside the Anthropology museum. This is the pièce de résistance - the Aztec Calendar Stone

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Pretty sure the hearts go in the middle after the human sacrifice

On the walk back from the museum in Chapultepec Park, we came across a rally for the missing 43 students that disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero back in September. While Mexico City is quite safe and feels like such a progressive and liberal city, it was a stark reminder of the problems that Mexico as a nation still faces with corruption and narco/cartel presence.

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Protest / gathering of support for the 43 missing students (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Iguala_mass_kidnapping)

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Police were ready, but the protests were very peaceful from what we saw

Before leaving DF, George was adamant that we MUST go to a proper futbol/soccer game (you can probably hear George going, “Jenine, Jenine, Jenine, Jenine…”). It was such a cool idea and Club America in Mexico City is the top team in Mexico. The stadium was massive (holds over 100,000 people) and even though it wasn’t a major game for Club America versus Leon, it was so impressive how the hardcore fan section stood and sang team chants the ENTIRE game. Diehard fans. And since it wasn’t too crowded we got a great view of the action. We had so much fun, that more futbol games are definitely on the agenda for future countries we visit.

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These supporters sang the same three songs for nearly 4 hours

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Supporting Club America

We really loved Mexico City! Check out more photos of our time in DF and San Miguel Allende:

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View from Luna Bar in San Miguel de Allende

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Campsite in San Miguel de Allende, check out those Man Truck Rigs

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The coolest UW camper we have ever seen (https://www.facebook.com/viaje.ch)

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MAN Trucks rolling out

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In downtown San Miguel de Allende.

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Every town in Mexico has a square, the one in SMA was quite nice.

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There are awesome murals all over Mexico City. This was in the subway

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Inside Metropolitan Cathedral - I think it might be a dining room?

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The Metropolitan Cathedral - view from the square

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One of the more famous Diego Rivera murals depicting the history of Mexico

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Inside the old parliament building

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Mexican constitution.

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We met up with friends in Mexico City - Johnny and Jessica who just moved back to the city. They took us to an awesome Cuban restuarant

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Eating at the #1 trip advisor restaurant. Jenine loves trip advisor

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Downtown Mexico City

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Inside the Anthropology museum. This is the pièce de résistance - the Aztec Calendar Stone

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Pretty sure the hearts go in the middle after the human sacrifice

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The chic district of Mexico City

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The very upscale Oscar Wilde intersection in Mexico City

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The park by Oscar Wilde street in Mexico City. Cool restaurants are tucked in everywhere in this city

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Protest / gathering of support for the 43 missing students (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Iguala_mass_kidnapping)

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Police were ready, but the protests were very peaceful from what we saw

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Delicious cocktails in Mexico City - this was at our favorite restaurant Cassius

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This cool restaurant was tucked in the neighborhood that we stayed in. Next door are all residential houses

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Reebok crossfit Mexico City - I did some of the CrossFit Games workout here. Amazing view of the city

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Jenine "working" at our amazing Airbnb in Mexico City

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This was our first time eating pozole and at the best Pizole place in Mexico City - La Casa De Tono

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Jenine got her haircut in a funky hip salon

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Jenine's new mexico city haircut

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Me trying to order at the neighborhood Argentinian restaurant

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Mexico City's Coyoacan district was a cool place to walk around and had lot of good restuarants

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Estadio Azteca where the Futbol Club America plays

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We saw a game - Mexico City vs Leone

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These supporters sang the same three songs for nearly 4 hours

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Supporting Club America

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Mexico City was full of highend bars and cafes like this fancy tea shop

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One of the many great meals we had in D.F.

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After dinner drink in Colonia Roma

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We actually street parked Titus in Mexico City for the entire week with no problems. We paid our building's security guard 50 pesos a day to watch it though.

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11 comments on “Titus Goes to The City (Mexico City)
  1. Jane says:

    Fabulous.

  2. Geneva says:

    Great blog post. You make the city look so much better than we could have imagined. We only experienced the fringes, and it felt much grittier! Mike and I are super worried about Titus. We do wish you could find “invisible” parking somewhere behind a locked gate. As you know, we were in nearly the same situation when we lost some pretty critical stuff. We hope your outcome is better than ours. Keep smiling and showing off that great haircut!

    • Jenine says:

      Thanks Geneva! Titus (and our stuff) made it without incident, but boy was that nerve wracking!

  3. Haley Heneveld says:

    miss you two!!
    love the haircut J!
    xoxo

  4. karie says:

    Really great haircut!

  5. Brian says:

    Thanks guys!! I enjoy your posts so much!!

  6. Carrie Ryan says:

    I just so enjoy reading about your amaZING ADVENTURE !! Loved reading about and seeing pics from Mexico City . That was very enlightening !!! Happy St Patricks day!!! Hehe

  7. Patty says:

    Jenine and George,
    Thank you for a look at the rich history of Mexico:) I appreciate it! We love you!
    Wasielewski Family : )