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Mexico City Roundup!

You've probably surmised from this, this, & this post that I had an amazing time in Mexico City. It's a destination I highly recommend, especially for Americans who are interested in dipping their toe in international travel. Mexico City is a relatively easy distance from much of the United States, is super affordable, & very explore-able making it ideal for those who might be a little wary of a bigger trip. But it's not just for the travel shy! CDMX is a beautiful, vivacious city anyone can have a great time visiting.

So, to help you plan your Mexico City adventure I've got all the tips!

Getting around.
The subway is amazing in Mexico City. Very affordable (roughly a US dollar) & it goes just about everywhere. A word of warning: it is extremely crowded, especially during rush hour, so be ready to get to know your fellow passengers very well. Yes, Mexico City does have a reputation for pickpockets, so keep your eyes on your bag at all times, don't carry …

248 Steps to the Top: Teotihuacan (Mexico City part 3)

My first vague inclinations toward Mexico City were because of its artistic heritage: I wanted to see the streets Frida Kahlo walked down. But then I learned about Teotihuacan, & I absolutely had to go.

This place is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. To call it stunning is a major understatement, but no other word seems to apply. It is magical. Haunting. Tragic. Beautiful. Teotihuacan defies explanation, but I'll give it my best shot.

Just a short bus ride north of Mexico City is the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan (pronounced, I believe, teo-tea-wah-ken). At its most populous & prosperous it was the largest city of pre-Colombian America, a focal point for ancient life, & a major exporter of fine obsidian which was revered throughout the Mesoamerican empire. So densely populated multi-level apartment compounds were built within the city to house residents. I have never imagined an ancient city with apartment complexes, but Teotihuacan had them. Besides i…

Mary & Me: Mexico City Part 2

If you're making a trek to Mexico City you're going to see a lot of Mexico's patron saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is literally everywhere you look. On the sides of buildings, on shopping bags, in small altars hanging from low roofs, in massive churches, on tee-shirts, & adorning bumper stickers. You can't go more than 5 feet without seeing her on something

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Why is she such a big deal around here? Well, in 1531 she appeared to a indigenous man named Juan Diego on several occasions beginning 9 December (her official feast day is 12 December, the date of another of her appearances) on the, now infamous, Tepeyac Hill. 

In the 1500's Tepeyac was outside Mexico City, but now it's a northern suburb, & home to one of the most impressive Catholic compounds I think I've ever seen. The Old Basilica, finished in 1709, was a major place of Mexican Cathol…

Tree Town: Wandering Coyoacán & Museo Frida Kahlo (Mexico City Part 1)

If you've been following my instagram, you know I've been in Mexico City recently. I totally fell in love with the place! There is no way to talk about this sprawling metropolis in a single blog post, so I'll be breaking up my Mexico City chronicles into parts. Part one? The reason I've wanted to visit Mexico City for years, Museo Frida Kahlo & the stunning surrounding neighborhood Coyoacán.

Coyoacán is a former independent village & now one of the boroughs of Mexico City. It was used by Cortes as his base of operations during the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs in the area, as the villagers were largely Tepanec & not friendly with the Aztec people. The village was then the capital of New Spain from 1521-1523. Coyoacán was actually completely independent of Mexico City until 1857, when the federal district's sprawl swallowed up the neighbourhood. When, in 1928, Mexico City was divided into boroughs, Coyoacán the district as we see it today was formed. As…