I am back from a long weekend with my son and his family in Mexico City. Of course it was wonderful to see them.
I arrived Friday morning and spent the morning drinking coffee and playing with Consuelo along with my daughter in law Martha and her mother. I hadn’t seen her mother in about five years or so – I think the last time we saw her we visited her in Colima while we were exploring places to live in Mexico. Back then we could barely communicate so I was pleased to be able to communicate well enough in Spanish this time that we were able to catch up a bit. When Adam got home from work (he was taking a half day off) we headed out for comida at Origenes Organicos, a restaurant and market. Be still, my heart! It was delicious.
We had driven the car to the restaurant, and (surprise, surprise) there were no parking spaces nearby. So what do you do? Adam spoke to the guy a couple doors down and he basically drove the car around for a while until a space opened up. Not very eco friendly I guess – we kept laughing “there he goes again!”
Martha’s mother headed out to Leon in the early evening. I was pretty pleased with myself since we had spoken Spanish with only little breaks the entire day. We had delicious Italian food and stayed up really late. Or should I say early?
Saturday we had some great fun. We had breakfast out (chilaquiles for me) and some strolling in the sunshine because the realtor needed to show their condo. It is for sale because they are buying a turn of the (last) century home in Colonia Roma. I got a tour and it is going to be fabulous when it’s done. It isn’t in too bad of shape, but there are a few wonky additions in the back that need to be straightened out as well as new plumbing, electrical, and decorating. If any DF readers are interested in their lovely 2 bedroom Condesa condo with a 500 square foot deck and parking, comment or send me an email and I will hook you up!
That afternoon I attended my first ever kid party in Mexico. It was held in the party room on the top floor of a condominium in Condesa. There was a giant sized bouncy room at one end, and ladies making hamburgers and quesadillas at the other. I don’t know how many people were there, probably 50 or 75. A couple people were there who work for my son, and they spoke English, but everyone else spoke only Spanish so I got a workout again. About two hours into the party a troupe arrived and did a Sesame Street show. It was a pretty amazing party for a one year old!
Consuelo was pretty tired after all the activity (and so were we) so that evening we ordered tacos delivered and played dominoes all evening. Can you believe I didn’t win even once? What is wrong with me?
Sunday we had a lazy morning and then headed out to the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Colonia La Noria near Xochimilco. Dolores donated the property and her entire collection of pre-hispanic art, as well as 145 Diego Riveras and 25 Frida Kahlos. The property is breathtaking and the museum was fantastic. There is also a wonderful Day of the Dead exhibit. If you are down that way, perhaps include the museum along with a visit to Xochimilco. It was fantastic.
We headed home, ditching my idea of stopping for some gourmet groceries for me to bring home because the Sunday traffic was too heavy… and I didn’t want to miss my plane home. Bummer… I really had the jones for some gorgonzola cheese, kalamata olives, and perhaps some vegie burgers or something. Next time I will go on the first day of my visit!
It was a wonderful trip. Paul and I are planning on spending a month or six weeks in the DF environs during the summer this year when Mazatlán is hotter than blazes. There are so many places to explore within an hour of the city. And of course the prospect of being close to family would be fun, too!
Check out my photos from the trip, below.