When I left college my best buddy Michael Briese and I decided that it was time to do a little traveling so we headed south of the border to see what was going on in Mexico. We spent around 3 months touring around Oaxaca, Los Cabos, The Riviera Maya and finally ended up in Mexico City for a few weeks. My buddy Mike went back to be a success in the finance industry and 3 years later, I’m still here.
There was just instant attraction with this place and from the moment that I set foot in the capital, I knew that this was where I belonged. If you’ve never been to Mexico City then here are the 5 reasons why I fell in love with the place.
Before coming here I had a really skewed view of what Mexican food really was, much like many U.S. citizens do and the great news is that the authentic Mexican food is actually way better than our version of it. There is a great approach to food here too, the people genuinely care about it and consider it to be an important part of their traditions. There is food sold everywhere and one of the most popular ways to eat is on one of the thousands of street stalls that you’ll find throughout the city.
I am a total museum buff and when I discovered that this city has more museums than any other city in the World, it just added an extra tick in the box of why I love this place. There are over 150 museums in Mexico City ranging from the outstanding Anthropology Museum, the huge classic car museum, the homes of inspirational people like Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky to the outstanding modern art museum.
This city really seems to have one eye on the future at all times and whilst there are some areas of the city which are perfectly stuck in the past, there are other areas which are progressively looking to improve. From its infrastructure to its restaurants, its cafe culture to its art installations, this city is not happy with staying still and it is always seeking to improve.
There is a vast amount of history on display in this city, much of it stemming back to the Mayan civilization and much of it can be seen with ease. From the Plaza de Tres Culturas in the heart of the city where you can see ancient Aztec ruins, to the ancient city of Teotihuacan which was once the biggest city in mesoamerica. Teotihuacan features two enormous pyramids, one of which is the third largest in the World and it can all be found just outside of Mexico City.
Finally, the locals are another reason why I like it so much here, I have always been treated with respect and made to feel welcome since the very first moment that I arrived in the city.