Mrs P and I are long overdue a trip back home to Mexico City. Sadly, it can’t be just yet. Boris says no. Not just now. Maybe later this summer. No promises, mind you. But I’ve had both jabs, so never say never. But roaming the streets of the world’s greatest Latin American city will have to wait.
Or will it? I asked Mr Google, and told me that actually it’s not a problem. Not at all. Mexico City is open 24/7 on Streetview. So I went for a ramble down memory lane, without leaving my sofa. I know, it’s not quite the same. But it’ll have to do for now.
I took a virtual stroll past my old flat and went to see if Mr Grumpy is still selling cigarro sueltos and other bits of two peso tat from a blanket on the street corner. For six years I was his best customer but never once got a smile out of him. He doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Frankly, he always looked unwell and rather fragile. Like a visit from the Grim Reaper was imminent.
I had a mosey up to the local mercado. I used to shop there most days in my Mexican life. Was it always this much of a dump? Probably. So I headed off to Coyoacan. Which looks as cool and hip as it ever did. I used to visit the historic bit of Coyoacan a lot.
I’d go on weekend evenings, along with all the other cool people, of course. But mostly weekday afternoons. I would cycle to Bancomer HQ to give classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. On the way back, I’d stop and have a Frappuccino at the Italian Coffee place. Maybe wander through the market. Perhaps look through the electronic section in Sanborns.
Let me tell you about the view in the photo above. The place next to the blue car on the left is Moheli cafe. I liked eating there. They did a good poblanos enchilada. On the day I came back to the UK, Mrs P and I went for one last late morning/ early afternoon in Coyoacan. My final meal was a plate of poblanos enchilada at Moheli.
I enjoyed my meal, as I always did. But it was a sad meal, because it was the last meal. Followed by a sad flight back to Heathrow. We need to return. Mrs P and I are long overdue a trip back home to Mexico City.