It is true, you can never have too much money in London, but the most enjoyable time I usually have is just walking the garden-lined streets. So much history in every nook and cranny. You could walk for miles and never get bored. Packing and leaving in the AM. It’s been a bittersweet visit, but the city itself seems more gorgeous than I remember it to ever be.

 

Mexico City

I enjoyed traveling in what was D.F. now CDMX, (but many CDMX residents still call it “Dey eFay”). Stayed with friends who lived in La Condesa, so it made the experience less overwhelming. It is indeed a land of opportunity for more rural and mixed race Mexicans. There are many artistic, creative, and highly educated Chilangos who generate a feeling of hope and ambition in the community. Many of them travel around the world and have a network of multinationals that they do small businesses with. In regard to the city itself, there are gorgeous nuggets of art and humanity all over this town, but it is huuuge and the energy of each area is very different. That being said, I found that walking in the city was the most gratifying of adventures. There are cool places outside the city, but expect to take 3 hours to get out of the urban areas, as the traffic is insane.

The air quality is famous for being horrible. At first it doesn’t seem that palpable or a need for concern.  You will notice that the sky looks fairly clear and all seems well, but after a while, many people start to wonder why they feel so light headed and shaky. Yeah, the air is not great. It is necessary to slow down, and go inside after being out and about for too long. I found that if I didn’t go inside and lay down for a while each day I felt sort of roach-like. Like someone hit me with cloud of raid.

I did not feel uncomfortable in regard to crime or danger, only hyper-aware in certain areas .  However, I have travelled all over the world and this is the only place where I managed to get royally ripped off. It felt like a genuine D.F. experience though.

Think fast, cuz someone behind you is going to jump on a golden opportunity. Lots of life, lots of stories.

I have an amazing portrait from a street paper with a classically colorful  story that comes with it. I have to get pic of the image and post it here.

The old drive that had all my Mexico photos got destroyed, and this is all that’s left.

 

Lots of objects and one arachnid:

Zona Rosa

 

La Condesa

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