Strolling the streets of Coyoacan it’s easy to forget this neighborhood is part of Mexico City.  Located 10km south of the city center, Coyoacan has an entirely different atmosphere.  Narrow, colonial style streets with little traffic, a large central plaza and market, numerous upscale cafes, yoga studios and museums all add to the appeal.  Close to the University and once home to Frida Kahlo, today the neighborhood is popular with tourists and is home to many of Mexico City’s English speaking residents who have relocated here from the United States and Europe.  

It’s a beautiful neighborhood and one that, if we do decide to remain in Mexico City, I could picture us calling home.  Although as you can probably imagine, property values in Coyoacan are somewhat higher than in other parts of the city.  We spent the day wandering the streets, strolling the plaza and visiting museums.  We ate lunch at a small sandwich shop where, for the first time since arriving in Mexico, fresh salads appeared as a selection on the menu.  While there is no shortage of vegetables in the typical Mexican diet, I’ve found fresh salads to be especially hard to come by.  The closest thing to a fresh salad that I’ve had up until this point was a veggie sandwich at Subway (the restaurant) in Cuernavaca.  And ironically, our lunch at Subway remains the most expensive meal we’ve eaten since arriving in Mexico.  

On a side note, I should also mention I am very pleased with the outcome of the elections in the U.S.  To my surprise the entire night of election coverage was to be broadcasted live on local television here in Mexico City, however all did not go according to plan.  While everyone back home was anxiously awaiting the results, people here were learning of the tragic and untimely death of interior minister Juan Camilo Mourino and seven others when their plane went down in a fiery crash in central Mexico City.  The crash occurred along the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard, causing damage to cars and buildings and injuring nearly forty others.  Later on in the evening after a speech by current president Felipe Calderon, the stations did eventually return to coverage of the U.S. elections and Barack Obama’s acceptance speech.

For more information you can read CNN’s report of the accident here.


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