We had no expectations of Mexico City and these were exceeded
We fly to Switzerland. On August 30, 2022, our flight leaves. So what do we do in the meantime when we have parked our Dubu and until we get on the plane? We explore the capital – Mexico City. Before we went to the capital, we had no expectations. We try to avoid big cities. Why? They’re loud, crowded, smelly, expensive, and basically just a collection of tons of concrete, glass, and steel. So that’s what we expect from Mexico City. We should be proven wrong. Well, you never stop learning.
The capital: Mexico City
We order an Uber and it takes us from Tepotzotlan to our hotel in the middle of the city of Mexico. We should be at the hotel in about an hour. Despite little expectation, we are looking forward to exploring the city. And we are already surprised by the city on the way to the hotel. The Uber driver tells us, since we’re pretty much in the heart of the city, that there’s a marathon going on here. He didn’t know either. “Oha… And where do they run through?” we ask him. He doesn’t know exactly. The only thing he hints at is that our hotel is right in the middle of this marathon. He can’t go there because the entire Historico Center is closed. Yes, great. We also have a marathon ahead of us.
Carlos, our Uber driver, drives as close to our hotel as he can. According to our navi, that’s still 2 kilometers through all the crowds and crossing barriers. We thank Carlos and wave after him as he drives away. Since Claudia can’t put much weight on her back for long, I take her bag and mine. It takes all the hand luggage. In concrete terms, this means – I carry 23 kilos twice. 23 kilos on the back and 23 kilos in front of the stomach – over a distance of about 2.2 kilometers. In a city we don’t know. With masses of people you have to dodge. With closed roads because there are so “would-be-fit-people” running around. “Hey, I have two sports bags here of 23 kilos each” I think. “It’s sporty and keeps you fit. Take my bags.” Well, no pig would understand me in Swiss German anyway, so it’s just a silent thought.
Claudia with the navigation system set to pedestrians, walks in front. She carves a small swath for me into the crowd. Left, right, straight ahead, then right again… Damn, where are we exactly? Ok, we’re here and we have to go there. Uhm… Over there? Through where these lattice barriers are which separate a racetrack from the crowd? How do we get over there? Meanwhile, my panting has gone from light panting to steamrolling. We have discovered a pedestrian gap in the bars and police officers are regulating the runner-pedestrian flow. Claudia rushes forward and crosses the track. Me, too slow because 46 kilos more ballast, out of breath, inwardly cursing about this shit marathon and still about 1.8 kilometers ahead of us. I can’t keep up with Claudia. Will have to wait. The weight of the luggage presses me into the tarred ground. I think there are now two hollows in the ground – damage to the stand?
Finally I can get through and basically almost roll over the rest of the people because the weight prevents me from jumping nimbly around obstacles like a deer. Further, never-ending kilometers, we make our way towards the Hotel Historico Central. We arrive at the reception. I’m totally exhausted. I’m dripping wet, puffing like a diesel locomotive, the pulse should be at 400 – felt. The lady at the reception looks at me and I must have aroused mega pity. The first thing she does is offer me a bottle of cold mineral water. This was the best mineral water I’ve ever drunk. We get our room key and – the hotel has a porter – he has a cart with wheels. So it rolls easily with my 46 kilos of luggage in the direction of the lift. Haha… I can do that too – mollycodle. 🙂 Once in the room, I undress, take a cold shower, lie down on the bed and sleep. So more coma than sleep.
I wake up after an hour of coma, I’m hungry. We get ready and go out to explore the city. In the elevator I tell Claudia that we will never bring souvenirs or gifts again. I’m not going to do another one on pack mules. So we step out of the hotel, walk to one corner and realize that the barriers of the marathon have been removed in the meantime. The marathon is over. Haha… Haha… funny. Bite me – my shoulders hurt. So we now stroll leisurely through the bustling city near our hotel. Neither of us want to go far anymore anyway.
Mexico City- a gem
Mexico City is located at the southern end of the 60-kilometre-long and 100-kilometre-wide valley of Mexico at an average altitude of 2,310 metres above sea level and is surrounded on three sides by mountains – including the famous twin volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl as well as the Sierra Nevada. The combination of this location and a metropolis with its emissions, especially from motorized traffic, often creates smog. For centuries, this basin has been the focal point of the country, long before there could be any talk of a Mexican nation. The city has an area of 1,499.03 square kilometers. It is bordered to the north, east and west by the state of México and to the south by the state of Morelos.
Since the location of the city is in a valley, before the settlement by the Aztecs, the lowest point led to a lot of water. As is the case with a valley. Water has the property of flowing downwards. Amazing, I know. This then led to the fact that the original inhabitants from the pre-Columbian period found an ecosystem that included numerous lakes, rivers and swamps.
So the city is on water. However, over 9 million people pump water from these waters every day. The city sinks, the water becomes sparse and will eventually dry up. In 2017, the head of the water supply calculated that in about 40 to 50 years there will be no water under the city in Mexico City.
A Tiffany roof in Mexico City
A sad story
Mexico City is worth seeing. The buildings alone tell stories. Exploring the different districts is also worthwhile. Especially the area of Frida Kahlo’s house and today’s museum is worth a visit. We also look very different with mannequins. You can immediately see what the Mexican obviously attaches importance to.