I fell in love this summer.
But it wasn’t with a person. Instead, it was with a city.
It was a city with skyscrapers you swore actually scraped the sky and reflected the light of day that shined through the night. Each building was unique in its own way, yet they fit together like a mosaic. Mountains surrounded this vast, moving city famous for its richness in architecture and culture.
How could one fall in love with a city, you ask?
Well, the city has many personality traits. Some streets are quiet and calm while the next block bustles with life and traffic. You can see locals in suits walking through the city or selling organic produce on street corners. The people are very unified, value family more than anything and make sure that you feel at home whether they met you five minutes ago or ten years.
The heart of the city is the largest public square in Latin America, Plaza de la Constitución, or Constitution Plaza, containing the famous Metropolitan Cathedral, The National Palace, and City Hall. Not far from the plaza is the Palacio De Bellas Artes, which translates to Palace of Beautiful Arts, and protects world famous artist murals- like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s husband. Bellas Artes is a massive palace composed of 10 different types of marble, weighing approximately 24 tons. I had the pleasure of watching the sunset, whilst drinking tea and devouring a piece of carrot cake from the cafe, in front of the palace, seeing it in all its glory.
But just like every other love story, mine had its challenges. I was not able to eat most of Mexico City’s traditional dishes due to my dietary restrictions; however, the locals were able to do the eating for me.
One of the local specialties is called pambazos, which is a bread roll dipped in red pepper sauce, fried, then filled with potatoes, carrots, ground beef, lettuce, sour cream, and cheese. Pambazos are best made from women who are selling them on street sides. Another specialty is Gorditas, which translates to fatties- exactly how you feel after taking one bite. Gorditas are double fried corn tortillas that are stuffed with cheese, beans and other stuffings of your choice.
The 9 million locals who populate this city are fed with life and happiness.
And even though our love story only lasted about a week, it left me yearning for eternity.
Mexico City, you have mi corazon.