March 26, 2020, day whatever of the COVID-19 global crisis, and we’re here to report that Mexico City is still hopping. We’re not going to say that things are normal — they’re not — but we took a bike ride up Av. Alvaro Obregon in central Colonia Roma at lunch time today and the stores and restaurants were open with customers. There’s no question that foot traffic is way down (vehicle traffic was fairly heavy), but there were people out there ordering their glasses of wine or beer while perusing menus at outdoor cafes. The media are telling us that this is not the case in most of Europe right now, so maybe it’s no wonder that the occasional tourist couple can still be seen stubbornly sticking out the remainder of their Mexico City vacation. Continue reading Mexico City COVID-19 update March 26
It’s Friday afternoon here in Mexico City’s popular Condesa nieghborhood and the joints are rockin’. Goin’ round and round, one might even say. Good Time Charlies and Janes are getting after it early for the Benito Juarez holiday weekend, and the beer, wine and mezcal are flowing unto them as a mighty river. Naturally, we are led to recall that time when Jesus totally harshed the disciples’ mellow by announcing that there would be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in divers places (Matthew 24:7), adding that all these would be the beginning of sorrows (24:8). In Mexico, famine is a fairly ongoing affair for large swaths of the population and we had the earthquake two years ago, so one could be forgiven for thinking that maybe it’s finally time for the pestilence, considering the current state of world affairs. Continue reading Mexico City: What, me worry?
Yesterday we received multiple emails from friends and colleagues outside of Mexico raving about the new Alfonso Cuarón film Roma and asking if we had seen it. We have not seen the film, but we watched the trailer on YouTube and were duly impressed by the beautiful black and white photography. This is not a movie review though; the flicks are not our forte but we noticed that the write-ups all mention that the film depicts Mr. Cuarón’s childhood memories of growing up in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood, or Colonia Roma as it is called officially. We did not spend our childhood in Colonia Roma as Mr. Cuarón did but from our late teenage years on the neighborhood has served as the closest thing to a hometown as we have had. Our early memories of Mexico City streets as they were 40 years ago are now packed away in the recesses of the mind, which is why the depictions of the Roma of Cuarón’s youth trigger such a stunning and unexpected flood of recognition. Continue reading Roma and Colonia Roma