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
I’m safely back in the United States, at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight back to Phoenix.
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
For the past four weeks, every Monday at 10 am, I’ve started a new level of Spanish classes here in Mexico City. Monday has typically been, for me, the hardest lesson of the week as my brain struggles to adjust. This Monday was the first week of lessons at the intermediate level, which was an … Continue reading Embracing the suck
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Another post about getting laundry done in Mexico City? Sure, why not? As I was getting ready to go pick up my laundry this afternoon, I grabbed my claim ticket and double-checked my wallet. I had plenty of cash to cover the 93-peso charge. The problem was that it was all in 500-peso notes. At … Continue reading Ay ay ay
I’ve been putting off doing laundry since I arrived in Mexico City ten days ago. I packed relatively light for this trip, expecting to find a nearby laundromat where I could wash a small load of clothes every five or six days, perhaps while doing my homework or writing a blog post on my phone. … Continue reading Well, that was easy
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
It happens to me every time I plan to travel somewhere for a week or more. A few weeks before my anticipated departure date, some loose screw in my head compels me to create a list of all the things I should do before I leave. While many of the items on these lists are … Continue reading Bargaining
Yesterday afternoon, we were able to get to the airport, return the rental car, drop our bags, and get through the security checkpoint with plenty of time for lunch. We ate at Wahlburgers, which, after two enjoyable meals at their Las Vegas location, was a bit of a disappointment. Okay food, but indifferent service. At … Continue reading Back to the grind
Today is another travel day for Kathryn and me as we fly back to Phoenix after roughly six days in Massachusetts. We’ve almost finished packing, and we’re heading for the airport in about an hour, first returning the rental car, and, with a bit of luck, perhaps leaving enough time for something to eat before … Continue reading Heading home from Massachusetts today