When you ask people this question, you expect to hear cities like Paris, New York, London, even Sydney. What you probably don’t expect to hear is one of my top 3 cities – Mexico City.
I’d like to say Mexico City has a bad rap for its pollution and crime, but that wouldn’t be true. Both these elements exist. But Mexico City, or D.F as the locals call it, is so much more than either of these factors.
Mexico City is a city of contradictions. Heaven meets hell. Where you come face to face with the best and worst of humanity.
Mexico City is extreme wealth alongside heart breaking poverty. You’ll see Aztec pride in the Zocalo and dying beggars on the next corner. Modern buildings lie alongside grumbling, but still impressive colonial Spanish architecture.
Mexico City is home to groundbreaking artists like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and has some of the most amazing art and public murals in the world. There’s also the lush Bosque De Chapultepec, which is not only a beautiful lake park, but it contains some of Mexico City’s best museums, including the world famous National Anthropological Museum.
You may know that Mexico City has a rich history dating back to 1325, when it was built by the Aztecs. But did you know that an ancient Aztec Temple was discovered BENEATH the sinking streets of this city as recently as 1978? Crazy huh?
Mexico City has an energy that never sleeps, and some of the friendliest, most intense people I have ever met. Mexicans are patriotic people who have a zest for life that is infectious. They dance, they drink tequila, they will seduce you with their vigor and passion.
Mexico City embodies the raw power of life. I love it.
Which city has your heart? Maybe it’s a city you’ve been to. Maybe it’s somewhere you’ve always dreamed of visiting. Tell me.