I planned of going to Mexico City more than 6 months ago. I purchased my airfare and booked my hotels about the same time. Problems arose along the way especially regarding the online travel agent I got who cancelled and refunded my 6-month old plane ticket 10 days prior to the actual flight and have yet to inform me the reasons for such cancellation. Two days after such cancellation, I still decided to still push through with the adventure by courageously buying a Turkish Airline ticket bound for Mexico City.
Prior to me leaving for Mexico City, lots of friends and colleagues are questioning me why I chose to do a solo travel in such a dingy and dangerous place. They relayed that they have read and heard a lot about Mexico City being precarious, unsafe and pick-pocket infested. But since it is one country that welcomes me without having to apply for a tourist visa (since I am a US and Japan multiple entry visa holder), I did not listen to friends and relatives and still push through with my journey.
Now, I am here in remarkable Mexico City, spending almost two weeks already – not that I am asking – yet I have yet to feel and experience the worry and uneasiness that my friends and colleagues has informed me. I must admit that I was a bit worried at first, but all these anxiety and fear were totally erased once I walked the busy streets of the city. This was fully reinforced when I survived a train ride during a rush hour! Besides, I grew up in a similarly perilous and dodgy City of Pasay in Manila, thus, I can actually use my innate and fully developed skill in dealing with the crooks, the felonious and the delinquents.
Similar to Metro Manila, Mexico City is vast and humongous! But I personally prefer the weather of this city as compared to the Manila weather. Mexico got 4 seasons, Manila got 2. You can never let me wear a jacket outdoors in Manila, because it is either hot or very hot!
I hate to compare but the architecture in Mexico is a bit better as compared to the structures found in Manila. Metro train system in Mexico City is of course more intricate and more reliable as compared to the rundown, often-busted and politically-exploited metro train in Manila. And though Philippines and Mexico similarly experienced more than 300 years of Spanish rule, Mexico seem to have maintained its Spanish roots because they seem to possess more European looking buildings.
The similarity between Manila and Mexico City I guess would be regarding cleanliness and the people. There are lots of people everywhere and both cities needs to improve a lot concerning cleanliness! Another similarity would be the traffic. Though Mexico has intricate and more developed metro train, its traffic is as bad as that of Manila. Both cities are traffic-infested!
Mexico City love art! One noticeable person printed on their money (500 Mexican peso denomination) is an art goddess, Frida Khalo. Also, I was actually surprised to find out that this city got the most number of museums. And even on the street, people tend to express themselves through art. Humongous mural arts, lots of colorful graffiti and numerous art performances can be seen on the streets of the city. But I guess the one thing that Manila is better as compared to Mexico would be the smile. Though Mexicans tend to be more passionate and expressive – there’s lots of sensual kissing inside the train, amatory hugging on the streets and even lgbt members freely holding hands while walking – we in Manila smile more, we seem kindlier and seem gentler as compared to the fierce and audacious people of Mexico City.
If you would ask me if I will go back and revisit Mexico City. I would definitely will!
Di naman nakaka-shokot… Biba Meksiko!