Mexico is one of those countries where street food is a mandatory experience. It’s home cooking at its very best, and the only way to truly discover the delights of traditional Mexican food. In other words, Mexican street food is the epitome of comfort food. And when I am not in Mexico, I find myself craving some of these foods - like I am right now!
In a nutshell, yes. I admit, I was a little leery of travelling to Oaxaca last year. Usually places that garner so much positive press are overrun with travellers and I get a little suspicious. I want to explore Mexico, not float from tourist hotspot to tourist hotspot! It sounds absolutely ridiculous, I know. I think it's because I like to make up my own mind about a place and therefore I tend to not listen to (or read about) other's opinions before I arrive. I mean what if I go all hyped up and it blows? That is no fun.
When I did a tour of the Teotihuacan ruins just outside Mexico City our guide gave us about 15 mins of guided tour fun, and then promptly ditched us (okay, he said it was so we could wander around and do what we wanted for 3 hours, but still!). The ruins were impressive. Yes, I had a panic attack while climbing up one of the pyramids and had to stop, but they were impressive. That being said I was pretty much over the experience after about 2 hours, as were the rest of the people in my group. Unfortunately our guide was nowhere to be found, so we all sat under a tree until he showed up. Yay, Teotihuacan!
I was hot, my feet were getting tired, and I was pretty sure I was somewhere near my hotel. I had taken a taxi from the hotel to the huge market in Tonalá and decided to take the TUR bus back for 11 pesos, rather than spending 80 pesos on a taxi. I thought I was so smart. I knew the basic area in Tlaquapaque were I needed to get off, but I didn't account for Semana Santa (Easter week) and the fact that some roads were blocked. As such I completely missed my stop and ended up sitting on the bus all the way to the end of the run, then looping back to where I was suppose to get off the first time, except the bus driver dropped me off in a slightly unfamiliar area.
I don't want to open up a debate about the best way to travel through Mexico (or any country for that matter), as it changes by person based on their budget and personal preferences, however I will say that until you've travelled by bus in Mexico, you have not had the full Mexican experience.
Yay! Mexico City! As with most of my time in Mexico, I was pleasantly surprised by Mexico City. It was nothing like I had imagined - which was something slightly similar to that of the movie Man on Fire with Denzel Washington - and truth be told, I'm glad. I hate arriving in a new place already knowing what's ahead of me. How boring is that?! I want challenges. I want to be awed.
The streets were steep, cobbled, and skinny, and in some cases there is barely enough room for a VW Beetle taxi cab, let alone another car, yet somehow cars are able to pass one another without incident. The roads wind together like a four year old has been drawing lines on a wall, and there are points where three or four roads collide into one another. In most places traffic lights come in handy, but not in Taxco, this is a city without traffic lights (they rely on common sense, and help of traffic cops). It's a crazy mess, but utterly charming at the same time.
When did negative events in first world countries become more important than negative events in second or third world countries? Why is it that when something horrific happens in the United States it's plastered all over the news and social media? People around the world share their outcries at what has happened, giving their support and love to victims. Yet if these same events took place in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Mexico, or the Middle East, the reactions don't even come close to being the same. Many times it's not outcries of love and support, it's advice and caution about visiting the country.
I have always made fun of open top tourist buses (and I know I'm not alone). Like how cheesy and touristy can you get?! There is no way I am ever taking one of those tour buses around a city, wielding a camera, and gawking at everything around me like it's my first time out of my home country.
One of the things I've been wanting to do the most in Mexico is visit ruins. I love history, ruins are history, which means I am in love with the idea of visiting ruins. So, when I went on a tour with Amigo Tours of the Teotihuacan ruins during my time in Mexico City I was super excited. Yay! Ruins!