Mexico City Vibes
A perfectly-fused mixture of Los Angeles & New York
Let me start by saying that I REALLY love traveling for fun (business not so much after 14+ years & one million-plus miles traveled).
I love the chaos, the exploration & the unexpectedness of traveling to new places & new countries.
Over the years, I decided to really hone in on what makes me squeeze in every bit of travel I can, which led me down to this simple list of things that I love to do when traveling:
• Immerse myself in the local culture by talking with & meeting new people.
• Explore & visit local museums & art exhibits.
• Wander the city like a local would & find neighborhood fairs, community parks, & locally-owned coffee shops & merchants.
• Check out vintage & local boutiques.
• Eat street food, especially when it’s something I’ve never tried before.
• Explore the city by foot, train, or bus – staying away from tour shuttles & sight-seeing transportation.
With these interests in mind, I recently explored Mexico City after about ten years & found myself falling in love with a city that now reminds me of a perfectly-fused mixture of Los Angeles & New York.
All the eating, walking & street art picture-taking aside, I was really struck by the Mexican maker scene that was supported & thriving all around the city.
And as you probably already know, we love shopping local & supporting local companies – wherever we go.
I watched Oaxacan basket weavers, felt handcrafted pottery & saw many of our favorite home essentials being made right in front us.
Anyone else love having a perfect, wood cheese platter? Ever seen one carved? Trust me, it’s pretty rad…
Ever been to San Angel?
It was recommended by a local & I was immediately blown away by the array of artwork & artisanal goods made all around Mexico that could be found here.
Really simple designs that are well made, & useful items too, like; handcrafted wooden kitchen utensils, distressed leather boots in styles we had never seen before, wall tapestries & hand-knitted farmer’s market tote bags.
And despite the fact that I was walking and headed to a Cruz Azul futbol game directly from the market, I had to support local and buy just a few gifts….
we remind Angelenos of what “living locally” has to offer.
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Los Angeles has so much going on & is alive with eclectic neighborhoods, places to see & things to do – so while we’re at it – we keep you in the know about cool things going on in your own ‘hood & the cool people making it all happen.
feel like wandering with us?
cool… ’cause that’s what we do here.