Our friends Chris and Maria came down with their little girl, Aurora, for their spring break. They rented their own Airbnb (coincidentally it happened to be the very same one we rented for our first long weekend in Mexico City) and spent a lot of time touring the city, but we met up for park playdates, dinners and a couple excursions. Chris had heard about Domingueando – which literally translates as “to Sunday” – and was eager for a real Mexican Sunday experience.
So, last Sunday we rented ecobicis (the shared bikes that are stationed throughout the downtown) and went for a leisurely ride down Paseo de la Reforma. Renting the bikes was a bit of a pain – we had to enter each person’s information into a barely visible touch screen separately and getting a different code for each person. We were four adults, so that meant doing the process four times! A half hour into our adventure, we were each outfitted with a bike, the babies were strapped onto the dads in their respective baby carriers, and we were off.
A portion of the main avenues in the City’s downtown close to car traffic each Sunday (and the entire avenues are closed on the last Sunday of every month). We started our ride at the El Angel de la Independencia and rode west to Parque Chapultepec. We stopped at the Libreria Porrua where we bought coffees and fruit and let the kiddos take some turns down the slide that’s in the bookstore and then headed out to the grassy area behind the bookstore that overlooks the lake. We spent a lazy hour laying on the grass and chatting while Theo kicked a ball around and Aurora attempted to eat sticks and dirt.
When the babies started to get cranky we picked up new bikes from the same station we had dropped off our last ones at and rode them all the way back to Parque Mexico across the street from our apartment. Theo almost fell asleep on the ride home – Matt had to keep jiggling him to wake him up. After a long siesta, we met back up at the restaurant El Ojo de Agua for an early dinner. The food there is fresh and amazing. It’s mostly sandwiches and salads, but with a Mexican twist. I had a mango chipotle chicken sandwich and amazing horchata. We finished our Domingueando with a leisurely stroll around Calle Amsterdam. The perfect Sunday with some great friends!