There is a lot said about Mexico City which is true, but which is not a dominant force when you visit there. For example people talk about the possible muggings, but this is no worse than big cities around the world. People also talk about the poverty, but the reality is that this is not in your face and again, many cities in the world face a similar situation. There are in fact far more reasons to fall in love with this city, than there are reasons not to like it.
I came down here from the US about 4 years ago now, to catch up with my friend and local chef Javier Burillo. In the years that passed I continued to visit here and I am currently looking to buy a second property here. For me there is just so much to love about the city, and here is why I think that you could easily fall in love with the place, just as I have.
The Food Culture
Even before I came here I knew that Mexican food was my favorite, there is just so much to enjoy and to try out. From the meals in the cantinas to the enormous range of street food, one thing you can expect here is not to go hungry. Even after the amount of time which I have spent here, I still find new foods to enjoy. Not only the flavor of the foods, but the culture here is really wonderful, and food means everything.
There are some parts of this city which feel modern and fresh, and there are many others where you can quite literally see the history of he city on show. There are ancient mayan and aztec ruins right here in the middle of the city, and the old buildings and churches which you will find are truly incredible. I love the historical nature of this city and I also love the way that it wears it so proudly.
At first, being in the city is pretty mind boggling and it can be unsettling if you are not used to big city life. Eventually however you do get used to it and the sights, smells and sounds are truly something to behold. From street performers to fruit trucks passing by, busy markets to people selling their wares on the street, you will find this place to be a real attack on the senses, and that is a good thing.
My experience of the locals here has never been anything but that they are incredibly kind. On the road, stuck in traffic, this is not something which you are likely to find, beyond that however, I have always felt welcomed here and I have always felt that people are going to help me out where possible.
The best thing to do is come down and see for yourself just how cool and fun a city this really is.