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
While looking through my photos from last year, I noticed one from our Mexico City pilgrimage that never ended up on the blog. There are two basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe shown here. The old basilica, on the left with the golden dome, while still beautiful outside and inside, has suffered such extensive damage … Continue reading The old and new basilicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Every once in a while, I find myself trying something at a place that’s been right under my nose for years. Earlier this week, I had a meeting at my church to go over some volunteer paperwork. The time between leaving work and my appointment was about an hour, which is about 40 minutes longer … Continue reading Trying something new, Mexican coffee at Tres Leches Café in Phoenix
Kathryn and I have two weeks of vacation coming up next month. How we’re planning to spend those two weeks has changed three times in the past two months. Plan A: Learning Spanish in Mexico City Our original plan was to return to Mexico City for two weeks of Spanish classes. We had picked out … Continue reading It pays to have a backup plan or three when travel plans fall through
Although many of our fellow Mexico City pilgrims had started trickling into town Monday afternoon, Wednesday was officially the first day of our itinerary. The first and only destination for the day was the pyramids at Teotihuacan, but this was a pilgrimage group, so of course we prayed first. And ate.
I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised us to find a statue of Abraham Lincoln in a park called Parque Lincoln. Kathryn and I enjoyed a twilight stroll through this calm, tree-lined park in the upscale Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco after having a lovely dinner at a pizza restaurant nearby. After that, we took a … Continue reading Statue of Abraham Lincoln in namesake park, Polanco, Mexico City