I had my first visitor here in D.F. this past weekend – my MOM! I was a little concerned how she would feel in the big city, but she pleasantly surprised me 🙂 My goals for my mom’s visit was to show her as many of my “favorite things” about Mexico City, which basically translates to FOOD and any green space that offers some peace and quiet away from the bustling city. My roommate’s mother was also visiting over the puente, so we decided to have a mother-daughter date night on Friday. We went to a really nice restaurante in Condesa (Azul Condesa) and we had our moms try the mole (a complex, chocolate-flavored sauce that is usually spread over chicken or other meats) that we had fallen in love with the previous weekend in Oaxaca.
On Saturday the four of us went to Teotihuacán, the pyramids located about an hour outside of Mexico City. We had a wonderful time, and we were able to bask in the sun (and even got a little sun-kissed!) as we walked around the massive archealogical site for a few hours. Here are some photos:
On Saturday night I took my mom to the Zocalo so she could see the cathedral and the square, which was being prepared for the Día de la Revolución celebration on the 20th. We walked along Calle Madero (a street for pedestrians only that links the Zocalo to the Palacio de Bellas Artes) until we reached Torre Latinoamérica, which is D.F.’s version of NYC’s Empire State Building. For those of you that know this part of Mexico City, it is always one of the busiest and packed pedestrian streets in the city. It was quite an experience, I was a little worried about my mom’s reaction, but she passed with flying colors!
On Sunday we went to my favorite neighborhood (besides Condesa – where I live) called Coyoacán. We were able to shop around the artesanal markets, eat lunch at a restaurant adjacent to a square, tour a beautiful church, and enjoy each other’s company. Coyoacán is my favorite place to enjoy a Sunday afternoon (something I admire about the Mexican culture – Sundays consist of precious time devoted to family) and we had such a wonderful day. That night we went to the Ballet Folklórico at the Palacio de Ballas Artes. I had seen it during orientation, but I was happy to see it again! My mom really enjoyed it, and we were even able to get a good picture in front of it.
Goodbyes are hard. Having my mom here for a weekend was so wonderful because I was finally able to show someone from my life back home what my “new life” looks like here. After traveling abroad I realized that many sites or cities that I had visited aren’t as enjoyable if you aren’t sharing the experience with someone else, whether it be a friend, a family member, or a random stranger. Of course this is a personal opinion and of course I have many friends here to share Mexico, but there was something extra special about visiting the pyramids for the first time with my Mom and showing her my favorite parts of the city. Thank you, Mom for always being my rock, my support system, and a wonderful travel buddy. Next step is convincing Dad to visit!
“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”
― Kristin Hannah, Summer Island