Mexico City please don’t end.
21 days in, it’s going too fast. I could easily stay here for another month. This is a beautiful city. Yes, we are in a nice bubble and our neighborhoods feel very much like the states. However, beyond the safe neighborhood, abundant cafe’s, and reliable internet, this week I’ve done a few things outside the bubble.
The week started with a Temazcal sweat lodge. It originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous people in Mesoamerica. In ancient Mesoamerica these lodges were used as part of a curative ceremony thought to purify the body. It was also used for healing the sick, improving health, and for women during childbirth. It continues to be used today in Indigenous cultures of Mexico.
We set intentions, sang our names, reset our minds and bodies, and almost passed out do the extreme heat.
Pujol’s 7 course dinner was spectacular.
Last week, I played an episode of Chef’s Table featuring Pujol on the roof of our co-working facility. Pujol is rated the 16th best restaurant in the world. This week 8 of us got to experience what we had previously only dreamed about.
A 7 course dinner with pairings at each course.
3 hours of dining.
Millions of dazzled tastebuds.
8 minds blown.
Helping a community in need.
This week one of our Remotes organized a positive impact day. About 20 of us boarded a shuttle and headed an hour South of Mexico City to the Xochimilco region.
It was an awesome opportunity to experience an area of Mexico tourists don’t get to see while having an impact on the local environment.
I truly felt the satisfying moment of being remote.
This was the first time since arriving, I really felt completely surrounded by nature. These are the moments I’m searching for this year. We have to be in large, connected cities throughout the year, but it’s in me to get into nature and just breathe.
Here I am, blissed out..
We got connected to a group that does ecosystem restoration in the Xochimilco region. Given its abundance of canals the locals from ancient meso-american times, use a farming method called Chinimpa (think floating garden on a raft). In recent times the canals have become impacted by pollution, urbanization, and tilapia are endangering the salamanders.
Here we have Matty, one of our two Meraki program leaders, and I looking epic.
Two groups helped in different areas of the canals. The Remotes, and the local cub scouts.
Time for some long exposure photography.
Three of us took an evening to explore long exposures. Diana the Huntress Fountain featured twice below. Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals.
And when eating dinner and drinking a bottle of red wine on the St. Regis patio, it’s customary to take out the camera to capture this excellent vantage point.
Here’s the Monumento a la Revolución. It commemorates the Mexican Revolution which crosses at the heart of the major thoroughfares in the downtown Mexico City. Someone ran out in the front of the camera and spelled their name.. sorry about that!
Street art.. that’s not really street art.
The street art of Mexico City has inspired me. With a little magic, I’m putting street art where it really doesn’t exist. One minute I see a blank wall, the next minute it’s filled with whatever art I can create by combining photos I’ve taken.
La inspiración: On the left and right are pieces of art on a building directly behind where I took the original photo. The middle is a placemat at my favorite Vegan spot in Mexico City.
El producto final:
Stay tuned for hiking and yoga. (Or “joga” as pronounced here)