I landed in Mexico City from Guadalajara at 5:50 p.m. on Good Friday and the baggage area was a MAD house. Come to find out: the Volaris flight I took from Guadalajara also carried the Mexican National Football Team or Selección de fútbol de México and the chaos was quite something to see. Fans from 8-80 were posing for pics with their favorite players around the baggage carousel, a few ppl were wandering around with selfie sticks looking like they had died and gone to heaven. The din of chanting fans and what I assume to be their anthem was booming outside the doors, fans laying in wait for a glimpse as the players jumped into the huge red bus waiting for them while throwing a few waves and peace symbols.
By the time I got myself, my bike and my gear to the hostel via ginormous taxi (195MXN/$9.75) it was past 7:30 and there was no hope of finding something to eat much less a place to shop for dinner. Everything was closed early for Good Friday. I was in luck though because I was greeted at the door by 5 year old Miguel (he lives with his Grandmother who owns and operates the hostel). Miguel was running through the house with a huge package of Oreo cookies while playing hide and seek with his brother and every so often would stop by the table where I was sitting and offered me the cookie part of the cookie after thoughtfully cleaning the cream filling out of them… with his tongue. Yes, they were a bit soggy but I said thank you none the less. The family is great, we have been practicing our Spanish/English together and I’ve received some great recommendations on what to see while I’m in town. Sightseeing will commence Monday because of the holiday weekend.
Day two started with a complimentary breakfast of eggs and toast, yogurt, fruit, coffee or tea at the hostel, then a walk to the airport in search of an ATM. The hostel neighborhood is great, the streets are alive with music, families BBQing and kids splashing around in kiddie pools set up street side. On the way back, I stopped at one of the many taco stands, this one was HUGE compared to what I had seen so far, basically an outdoor restaurant covering the sidewalk and part of the slow lane on the road. I squatted on a stool at a community table and dove into it. Anything you could want: 2 tacos of your choosing with a drink for 50MXN/$2.50. Plus more, if you have the room for it but I was saving space for the local farmers cart: a mango, two bananas, two oranges, a pineapple, some limes and a cucumber all for 34MXN/$1.70. Miguel and I made a fruit salad back at the hostel as he was out of Oreos.
Mexico City has so much to offer and so far on the agenda are:
Have you been to Mexico City? Any recommendations?
Updates to come soon!