Mexico City is my favourite big city. I always enjoy visiting and staying with Isaac. Why is Mexico City my favourite? I started thinking the reason was that I really hadn’t been to that many big cities, but that’s not so true — Tokyo, Jakarta, Delhi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Mumbai, Wuhan, Kolkata, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Xi’an, Paris, Rio de Janeiro… According to Wikipedia, I’ve been to over a third of the cities with over 10,000,000 inhabitants. So what’s so great about Mexico City? Partly, along with Los Angeles and Istanbul, it’s one of the big cities that I know the best, and partly it’s because Mexico City is just a whole bunch of different towns, neighbourhoods, villages in one urban mess. San Juan de Aragón where Isaac lives, Tlatelolco, Centro Histórico, Tepito, La Basílica, Coyoacán, Cuidad Universitaria, Xochimilco — they’re all so different from each other and interesting in their own right. I was hoping Ferda would like it.
We spent the first day visiting some of the highlights in the center with Isaac. Ferda really wanted to see Frida Kahlo’s house in Coyoacán so we headed out there another day. However, this was the week between Christmas and New Year, and the line to get in was incredible. It looked like the wait could be hours, and that’s not how we wanted to spend our afternoon. I had hoped we’d have a chance to get back there where we came through Mexico City again at the end of our trip, but it didn’t happen. Because of the way the tickets work (and the long distance from San Juan de Aragón), it makes sense to visit Anahuacalli and Frida Kahlo museums on the same day. Because of museum closures and weekend crowds, that has to be Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. We didn’t make it, but now we have an excuse to go back. Isaac thinks it’s amusing that Frida Kahlo has a worldwide cult following, but many of these followers don’t even know who Diego Rivera is!