Ramping up the Camino prep

Now that I’ve been home from Mexico City for almost a week, I’ve begun ramping up my preparations for the Camino de Santiago, which I anticipate starting just after Easter. Specifically, I’ve been hiking more. Although I want to work out my walking muscles and increase my stamina, I’m not trying to create a typical … Continue reading Ramping up the Camino prep

Another hour to kill at the airport in Mexico City

After nearly four weeks in Mexico City, I checked out of my room at 3 am in anticipation of my 6 am flight. I figured I’d need about 15 minutes to wait for an Uber, a half-hour for the ride to the airport, and another half-hour for check-in and security, putting me at the gate … Continue reading Another hour to kill at the airport in Mexico City

Not street tacos in Mexico City

With only a few days left in Mexico City, I’ve had an appreciable uptick in lunch invitations from my classmates. Yesterday, I had lunch with a classmate from France at a somewhat upscale rooftop beer garden in the nearby Roma neighborhood. He and I shared a plate of mini-tacos. These were not street tacos, but … Continue reading Not street tacos in Mexico City

Counting down the hours in Mexico City

It’s hard to believe, but by the time I publish this post, I’ll have about 72 hours remaining in Mexico City. The time really flew by. As much as I’ve enjoyed my time here, I can’t wait to see Kathryn again. She was visiting her father when I left for Mexico City almost four weeks … Continue reading Counting down the hours in Mexico City

First time for lucha libre in Mexico City

Seeing a lucha libre event was high on my to-do list for this trip to Mexico City. I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it was because I was fascinated by American-style professional wrestling when I was boy, leading to a desire to see how it’s done in Mexico. Maybe it was because I’d enjoyed the … Continue reading First time for lucha libre in Mexico City

¿A qué te dedicas?

At the school where I’m studying Spanish in Mexico City, everyone arrives with a different amount of experience in the Spanish language. Some are staying for longer or shorter periods of study, so people are coming and going at different levels every week. In fact, there are only three students I’ve been with the entire … Continue reading ¿A qué te dedicas?

Street food in Mexico City

The first time I was in Mexico City, back in 2018, I had some pretty amazing food. However, I never got a chance to experience the street food for which Mexico City is so rightly famous. On this trip, I may have overcorrected. Almost everywhere I’ve been in Mexico City, I’ve been intoxicated by the … Continue reading Street food in Mexico City

Two weeks of Spanish classes down, two weeks left in Mexico City

I’m halfway through my four-week Spanish course in Mexico City, so I feel I’m in a position to review the first two weeks somewhat objectively. Honestly, I didn’t have a whole lot of information about the school before I signed up to come here. I’d seen the school’s website — which I wouldn’t expect to … Continue reading Two weeks of Spanish classes down, two weeks left in Mexico City

Watching the Super Bowl in Mexico City

Even though my NFL team has been out of the playoffs since the wild card round, it seemed like a given that I’d end up watching the Super Bowl while I was in Mexico City. Although soccer certainly gets more attention, American football is in fact quite popular in Mexico. And sure enough, on the … Continue reading Watching the Super Bowl in Mexico City

A knock on my door in the middle of night

The floors creak quite loudly in the apartment where I’m staying here in Mexico City. When someone passes by my door at night, sometimes the creaking wakes me up out of a sound sleep. Around midnight last night, I woke up to the sound of creaking floors, but this time the footsteps stopped at my … Continue reading A knock on my door in the middle of night

Earthquake?

I woke up in the middle of the night last night to the sensation of my bed swaying back and forth. It was quite different from the near-constant vibration of traffic rumbling along the street below. I’ve been trying to determine whether what I felt was an earthquake. Both the U.S. and Mexican authorities report … Continue reading Earthquake?

Update for my fellow parishioners

This is a short update for my fellow parishioners in Phoenix. You know who you are. Before I left for Mexico City, several of you asked whether I planned to see a certain young priest who is well known in our parish and who suffered a serious health setback last year. You know who he … Continue reading Update for my fellow parishioners

Cheap beer in Roma, Mexico City

The no-alcohol policy is one of the most surprising rules of the residence where I’m staying in Mexico City. When I arrived and read the house rules, I almost thought they were kidding. After having been here a few days, it appears the other residents at least are taking it seriously, so I’m not going … Continue reading Cheap beer in Roma, Mexico City

Don’t trust Google Maps

This evening I decided to go to Mass at a church here in Mexico City, one that I was already familiar with. My last information was that Mass started at 7:30 pm. I wanted to get there by 7 to pray the Rosary before Mass began. Google Maps told me the best route by public … Continue reading Don’t trust Google Maps

First day of Spanish classes in Mexico City

I’m going to skip ahead a bit and give an update on my Spanish class. It is, after all, the main reason I’m here. My commute to class was simply to walk down four flights of stairs, so I left at 8:58 am and arrived a minute early to the 9 am registration. I had … Continue reading First day of Spanish classes in Mexico City

Arrived in Mexico City

The flight to Mexico City from Phoenix went relatively smoothly. In fact, I think we arrived a little early. The flight approached from the east this time, and since the airport is near the eastern edge of the city, one could see the stark contrast between the densely populated urban area and the undeveloped area … Continue reading Arrived in Mexico City

The first few days of the rest of my life

In April 2010, I arrived for my first day of work at a local utility company, ready to begin what was supposed to be a nine-month contract to upgrade a Blackberry app. This past week, nearly ten years later, I finally said goodbye. It was quite a good run, professionally speaking. While it had its … Continue reading The first few days of the rest of my life

Blog changes coming, but not yet

For the past couple months, I’ve been looking into moving my blog entirely off the WordPress platform. I’ve had an enjoyable run with WordPress over the past fourteen years — notwithstanding the issues I had with its managed hosting — but I want to go in a direction that would be challenging to implement with … Continue reading Blog changes coming, but not yet