DAY 251 - DAYS IN MEXICO CITY
Days in Mexico City
Back in the city for a while. The great Mexican food, the sunny weather and new-made friends make it hard to leave. I haven’t cycled since 3 December. I’m mostly staying in Airbnbs in Roma and Condesa. Neighbourhoods where espressos get served at a perfect 90°C and carrot cake fresh on a soft beige napkin. All at a reasonable price, compared to Europe and the US. I guess it’s the lush green, old aristocratic architecture combined with the Mexican grit that make it such an interesting place to live. Luxury under a thin layer of dust and Latin radio from the taqueria downstairs which is always a little too loud. I could get used to this. And I am.
I’m currently staying in Plaza Romita, a tiny neighbourhoud in larger Roma. As much as these neighbourhoods are gentrified, Romita still feels very local. One of the oldest in Mexico City. Nearby is an antique market in Jardín Dr. Ignacio Chávez. A lovely place for a Sunday walk, joined by Martha whom I met in the cue for the tortilleria. She’s a ceramist, designer, cook, and what more. We’ve been spending some time together and became friends. I have no fear of being alone in Mexico City. Antonio, a Mexican cyclists who toured Europe and Turkey, wrote me on Instagram and joined me for a ride up Nevada de Toluca. I met Maria, a fine art model living in Coyoacan. She runs art classes and drew my portrait. Half of the time she speaks Spanish to me. ‘Women will fall for you if you speak Spanish to them’, she says. Andrea, an architect and designer, invited me to break into the university gardens for a walk on sunday. I photographed her in my apartment the other day. Over the last few weeks I did more photoshoots with girls. It’s a lot of fun, something new to embark on perhaps. I kind of like the idea that I had to cycle all the way to Mexico to establish a new career in photography. Just kidding. Or not - truth is that spending life on the road makes you more adaptable to change, in the things you do and how you think. You become a sponge, more flexible towards self-innovation. While in Amsterdam I sort of remain in the same pattern of life, a comfort zone harder to break away from. Being far from your old place makes you able to disconnect from the old you.
Mexico City will be a place to come back to in the future. The hunger for the road is slowly returning, but I’ve got some more things to finish up on here. What I love about staying in cities is that I have the oppurtunity to connect with like-minded people, creative souls. People that show me the latest secrets in their neighbourhood. Don’t blame me for taking my time.