Author Archives: Katie Bielamowicz

How to survive Mexico City’s torrential summer rains—in 7 steps

How to survive Mexico City’s torrential summer rains—in 7 steps

It’s a well-known fact that Mexico City was built on top of a lake. But not so many know that it practically reverts back to its original state every summer. The entire city floods—really. So no matter how hard you may try, it’s unlikely you’ll escape the rains, nor the massive flooding. Yet, there areContinue Reading

5 of the best terraces in Mexico City with a flare for the natural

5 of the best terraces in Mexico City with a flare for the natural

I’ve often been quoted as saying, “Forget finding the man of your dreams. I’m looking for the best terrace in Mexico City (DF).” And this search of mine has led me far and wide, much to the chagrin of my bank account. But I just can’t help it. I’m a sucker for a few drinksContinue Reading

Options for a not-so-lazy local Sunday in Mexico City

Options for a not-so-lazy local Sunday in Mexico City

Sundays in Mexico City are some of my favorites, especially in spring. The streets are quieter, yet still brimming with life. And the options…oh the options are abounding -and often for little or no pesos. For starters: Walk Reforma Avenida Reforma is one of the main thoroughfares in the city—and it is gorgeous in itsContinue Reading

Tortas in Parque Mexico

Tortas in Parque Mexico

Mexico’s cuisine is phenomenal. Mexico City may boast world-class chefs and restaurants, but I maintain the best food is found either on the street or in the tiny hole-in-the-wall places. One of my all-time favorites has to be the tortas place in Parque Mexico. This place is so good it doesn’t even need a name. Good thing,Continue Reading

Family in Mexico

Family in Mexico

Family was one of the things that drew me to Mexico; not my own family, but the sense of community that is inherent in this culture. I feel like family is a loosely defined term in this culture. Family in Mexico could be blood, or it could be a close friend, or your cousin’s wife’sContinue Reading

“Diez pesos te vale, diez pesos te cuesta”

“Diez pesos te vale, diez pesos te cuesta”

“Diez pesos te vale, diez pesos te cuesta.” It’s a common phrase you’ll hear on your commute in Mexico City’s subway system, and it literally means that whatever the vagoneros (or “irregular” vendors) are trying to sell you not only costs 10 pesos, it’s also only worth 10 pesos. Such is the black market in thisContinue Reading

Hold on to your seats

Hold on to your seats

For most Americans, Mexico is synonymous with danger. For a lot of Mexicans, Mexico City is synonymous with danger as well. There’s much talk about how dangerous this city is. And I won’t disagree entirely. But I will disagree. A lot depends on the area, or the time of year – Christmas, for example, orContinue Reading

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