Mexico City

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    May 11, 2011 10:57 AM GMT
    My partner and I are headed to Mexico City for five days over Memorial Day weekend. Just wondering if anyone has experience to share. Thanks.
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    May 11, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    I worked as a summer law associate for the largest law firm in Mexico City after my first year of law school and I really loved the city. Lots of people, lots of great restaurants, lots of horny dudes, and lots of things to spend your money on. The city has over 8 million residents so be prepared for that.
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    May 11, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    Do NOT watch Amores Perros before you go.
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    May 11, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    I don't get the hype over the chic factor of eating chapulines (grasshoppers) there.
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    May 11, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    The average altitude in Mexico city is 7200 ft, so be prepared for that, the population is over 21 million residents in the metro area, so be careful. right now, Mexico city is very safe, but it never hurts to be cautions in a city of that size.
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    May 11, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    buy the chicklets, they're delicious

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    May 12, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    I visited twice but it was over twenty years ago. Here is what we were advised:
    It's a more formal culture so don't wear shorts in the city.
    Don't look down on the beggars (they will be everywhere).
    Pack an unbrella because it rains like clockwork about 4pm every day.
    If you ride the metro, beware of pick pockets


    If you get the chance to sight see visit any of the following:
    Chipultapec park--great view of Reforma
    Museum of Natural History
    Pyramids at Teotihuacan
    Latin American Tower
    Baillas Artes and the Ballet Folklorico
    Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe
    Xochimilco
    Try some cajeta--smooth caramel sauce made with goats milk

    My own observations:
    The merchants are very friendly but do appreciate it if you try to speak the language
    Don't try to drive, the traffice flow makes no sense
    There will be people trying to sell you stuff--if you don't want to be hassled, don't make eye contact. Sunglasses are a wonderful thing ;)
    If it's still in business, try Carlos and Charlies restaurant.
    Obviously, drink only bottled water. Their water is clean, but has different bacteria. This goes for rinsing toothbrushes as well
    I had a blast both times I was there. Would love to go back some day.
    Have a fun and safe trip
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    May 13, 2011 9:40 PM GMT
    Mexico City is a world class city. It's big and busy just the way I like cities.

    Take some time to travel around to the various neighborhoods. Condesa, Roma and Coyoacan are some of the best. There's one neighborhood called Zona Rosa. I don't care for it.....the shops, restaurants and clubs are flashy and cheezy, just like the people who go there.

    The metro is cheap, clean and fast. Taxis aren't expensive.

    Google Mexico City and you will discover fantastic museums, art galleries, shops, pastry shops, etc.

    There are a few areas in Mexico City that have a concentration of informal taco restaurants (they serve more than tacos). These spots are where people of all ages and social status come to grab a bite to eat after a long night of partying. Lots of fun.

    Have fun. Keep your wallet safe. The people are fun and educated. On Sundays, one of the major roadways, Reforma, is closed to traffic and is perfect for bike riding and strolling.

    The men ( and women) are sexy. Unlike the States, where hooking up with a guy often becomes a robotic soulless experience, generally speaking, Mexicans are warm, kind and respectful. Don't forget your manners.

    Go to the big Sunday flea market.

    Visit the state run arts and crafts stores. High quality stuff.





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    May 13, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Go see Kylie Minogue...there crowd there will be SICK!!!
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    May 14, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. There are valuable comments and suggestions and are much appreciated. I have wanted to see Mexico City since childhood and am really psyched.
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    May 14, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    Hire a short Mexican to show you around in a pedicab.
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    May 14, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    The Anthropology Museum in Chapultepec Park is one of the worlds best. The pyramids (Teotihuacan) are also a must see as well as the Merropolitan Cathedral and Palacios de Bellas Artes.

    Have a great trip. Amazing place to take a vacation.
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    May 14, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Mexico City is one of my favourite places. The vibe, shopping, museums and food. I want to go back!

    xx