We have been in Mexico City for exactly 4 weeks now. While it still doesn’t feel like home, we are definitely starting to feel comfortable in the city and are settling into somewhat of a routine. Every morning now we wake up (usually right around 7), eat breakfast, and then take Mae and Theo over to Parque Mexico to spend 30-45 minutes playing in the plaza and swinging. On our way home we stop by our local juice stand for a smoothie or fresh squeezed OJ. I try to spend most of the morning working while Theo is either at school, with Matt or with a babysitter. Theo naps from 12:30-1ish to around 3-3:30. We then spend our evenings at the playground at Parque Espana, Gymboree, or walking around the neighborhood with a stop at the dog park. We try to be home by 6 to feed Theo dinner, do bath time and then get him in bed by 7. I either make dinner or Matt picks up tortas (sandwiches), a salad, or al Pastor tacos from one of the street stalls on our street. We then spend our evenings relaxing or watching a movie (it has been so nice not having a list of chores to get done after Theo goes to bed like we normally do at home).
Matt had three days off this week though and Theo didn’t have school, so things were a bit different than “normal”. On Matt’s days off, he and Theo spent the mornings riding the metro, playing at the park and eating lots of tacos while I tried to fit in some work. After his nap each day we tried to head out for a small adventure. We visited the Mercado de la Merced, one of the largest markets in the city as well as the adjacent Mercado Sonora one afternoon. Merced is full of mostly food stuff and housewares, whereas Sonora had lots of kids toys and spiritual stuff – incense, dolls, teas, etc. We tried our first “huaraches” at Merced – its like a tostada with a puffier tortilla that’s topped with meat or egg. It was so good I’ve been on the hunt for another ever since, but all the street stalls that normally sell them have been closed this week.
Another afternoon we headed to Polanco to visit the aquarium, but the lines were so long to get in we skipped it and instead visited the mall next door. Theo had a blast riding the escalators up and down. We also spent quite a few afternoons at Parque Espana . Since all kids are off of school this week, the park has been a lot more festive during the weekdays than normal. One afternoon there was a small children’s train giving rides around the park for about $0.75 per person, so Theo and I hopped on and he loved the “choo choo”.
On Thursday, one of Matt’s co-workers invited us to his house for a barbecue. They live in the suburbs of the city in what we would consider a townhouse, and have a nice backyard with a patio and grass. Another co-worker and his family also joined, so there were five kiddos and six adults. It was very lively and fun to socialize and felt so much like being at a barbecue back home. Theo showed off his dance moves for everyone (the kid has no stage fright and has been very into dancing lately, which of course, as his parents we think is absolutely adorable). We had a dessert which is called Impossible – it is a chocolate cake topped with flan that supposedly is pretty much “impossible” to make since getting the flan to set on top of the cake is really difficult. Amazing!!!
For Easter today we headed back to Parque Chapultepec for another trip to the zoo. We took an Uber, and part way there discovered that Paseo Reforma, one of the city’s main avenues, was closed to traffic for the day (supposedly all of the main avenues close to traffic the last Sunday of every month). So, we hopped out of our Uber and joined the throngs of bicyclists, runners, skaters, and strollers and walked the second half of the way to the park. The monkey section of the zoo was open this time so we spent an hour touring that section before catching a cab home for Theo’s nap.
We hope everyone had a fantastic Easter. We are looking forward to having some guests visit the next two weeks and can’t wait to show off the city.