Central America, Mexico

Mexico City Pt.1 – Tenochtitlan

A few months ago, I decided to pass my gap year traveling and learning new things until I moved on to my next goal in life. That was one of the reason this blog went a bit silent for a while. Sorry for that!

So with the help of a friend I decided to go to Mexico for a month and learn Spanish there. Little did I know that I would fall completely and utterly in love with Mexico City and stay there for two and a half months in total.

Mexico City, or its nahuatl name Tenochtitlan as many people may know it, is the capital city of Mexico and the most important financial center of latin and central America. Although many people (Mexicans in particular) think it’s the largest city of the world, it is merely the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere.

But truth be told, it is the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world.

The city was built on an island of lake Texcoco by the Mexica people back in 1325, only to be destroyed and rebuilt two centuries later by the Spaniards.

tenochtitlan

According to local legend, the city was built there because the Aztec god of Sun and War, Huitzilopochtli, indicated the location with an eagle perched on a nopal cactus having a snake in its beak, much like the Mexican flag shows us.
When people ask me what I like about the city, I don’t know what to tell them because it’s everything, the people, the parks, the palaces, the architecture, which is strongly influenced by the Parisian architecture.

Most of all, I should say that I liked the food. Food is everywhere in the city, food and dance. These two are the most important things for Mexicans, apart from limes.

They love their limes, on -literally- everything.

The first thing I tasted when I got there was their chili covered fruits, weird and interesting combination for Europeans like myself, and I didn’t like it at first but it eventually grew on me.mango con chile

That was a little taste of Mexico, but there are a lot more to come!

Gracias,

~Stella

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10 thoughts on “Mexico City Pt.1 – Tenochtitlan

  1. Amazing picture and great experiences that you got from your visit to Mexico. I have never visited this city, but I hope one day. The food, the dance and the language, I also absolutely really love it. Thanks for sharing this experience. xo

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