Weekend Update: Mexico City

Friday, March 2

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Last week I met my sister in Mexico City for a long weekend, & I feel like I've been talking about it non-stop, because I'm OBSESSED. I am now on a mission to get everyone I know to go to Mexico City, because I'm convinced it's the perfect travel destination. Here's why: 

+ It's easy and affordable to get to. Even coming from Nashville, which is historically not cheap or handy to fly out of. It was a quick jog to Atlanta (40 min) and then a few hours on to CDMX on the way down, and bonus - international flight - so Delta hooked it up with a cheese plate! I flew back using Southwest points so my travel was super cheap, but any way you slice it, it's a huge city with plenty of affordable routes.
+ But you'll feel like you're in Europe. I'm not at the point where I'm taking long weekend trips to Europe (YET) but boy is there some European charm to be found in Mexico City. It's basically as close as you can get without having to cross the seas. I love a local weekend away, but there is something extra special about going out of the country - just for a few days.
+ You can live like una reina! This is the nice way of saying that Mexico City is cheap af. I'm just a regular 26 year old that's usually ballin' on a budget, but last weekend, I was just ballin'.
+ You don't have to compete with other tourists. I felt very much like I was just stepping into a city where everybody was going about their daily lives, which i LOVED. Even in the historic downtown areas ^ I never felt swarmed by tourists. We stayed in the neighborhood of Condesa which was the perfect blend of quiet and local with a bustling nightlife.
+ The plants, alone. I could not get over the flowers ^ and greenery, everywhere! It was basically like being in a greenhouse the entire time. Most main streets have a garden/park thing running through the middle that you can walk through (that's where that sculpture/fountain is above.) I just couldn't get over it!
+ Spanish is easier to speak than French. At least for me! I won't say I speak Spanish, but my high school Spanish was enough to get me by in Ubers, restaurants, bars, etc.
+ The food. Duh. I'm sure you could guess that the street food selection is lit, and not just street tacos - I saw street fresh squeezed juice, street churros, all kinds of stuff! But Mexico City is also a tremendous destination for foodies! We ate at what was probably the nicest place I've ever been to, Pujols, which felt like having dinner at someone's fancy, ultra-modern house. My favorite meal of the entire trip was brunch at Lardo (last pic above) which was gorgeous and hip with a very kind, unpretentious staff.
+ I am a totally average height in Mexico. On a personal level I just felt very comfortable there.
+ It's just a really cool city. I was so pleasantly surprised by how progressive, warm, GREEN, easy, and colorful (we did this street art tour that I would completely recommend!) everything was! Though I had an inkling it would be hip, because I swear for every cool artist on Spotify, Mexico City holds the #1 spot for "Where people listen."

Have you ever been to Mexico City? What's the coolest, under-the radar-place you've ever been? Always planning my next adventure!

Y'all, this WEEK. I think I definitely just did five days of work in four days. Cheers to the freakin' weekend. 

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