As I’m typing these words, I am enjoying life in Mexico City (going to live here with Cindy at our AirBnb for the next month or so).
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Why Mexico City?
I think Mexico City is one of the most phenomenal and under-rated cities in the world. The food here is literally the best in the world (wide variety of super fancy restaurants, as well as some of the best street food/tacos).
The city is very affordable (for more privileged foreigners like myself), and the culture here is bursting by the seams. The people are extremely friendly, there are always people on the streets enjoying conversation and food (I feel safer here than back in the states), and the ‘European’ cafe-culture is strong here (tons of great hipster coffee shops, people enjoying wine and food on outdoor tables).
Why Mexico City is Ideal for Myself
Cindy and I booked an Airbnb apartment for this month (only $600 USD, including all the fees). The whole place is clean, minimal, and small– and the wifi here is quite strong. I’ve been making tons of new YouTube videos and vlogswhile in the apartment (and enjoying the epic rooftop hangout/bar area).
It has been really nice to just have Cindy and myself in this apartment, because we have been enjoying making coffee in the morning and afternoon (clever dripper), chatting, cooking food (chiccharons and eggs), while enjoying breaks in the middle of the day to walk to cool hipster neighborhoods for the coffee shops and restaurants (Roma Norte is my favorite neighborhood here).
Coffee here is Great
A new discovery: Coffee here is really great!!! You can buy 1 pound of coffee for around $6-7 (for the organic/hipster coffee), and it is grown here in Mexico! In the states, we drink mostly African coffee– I wonder why we don’t import and drink more Mexican coffee?
Anyways, the coffee shops are cool and hipster– good for reading, writing, and thinking. Really cool expats here as well (productive/creative folks, not degenerates).
Living Without Limits
The benefit of everything here being cheaper (even the most fancy/bougie restaurants only cost around $10-15 a dish) are the following:
- No pain associated with eating out or going out: In the states, there is always a tinge of pain associated with going out. Here, I can buy (almost) anything I want — without worrying about running out of money.
- Unlimited options: There is something very empowering about knowing that you can technically afford to go to any bar, restaurant, or dining establishment in the city. As a result, Cindy and I have been visiting more cool and fancy restaurants, and enjoying the interior decor, the presentation of the food, and simple conversations with one another. We still keep it simple with our meals– usually sharing a single entree and a single appetizer.
- The upside of living in a city: In the states, my favorite cities (for living/walking) include San Francisco, Downtown LA, and New York. But the downside is that it is too expensive to live directly in the cities. Here in Mexico City, I can enjoy all the benefits of living in a cool/big city– while being able to afford it! Simple joys: walking around, trying out new places, and shooting street photography.
The upside of all of these external conditions is that I am able to be more creatively productive, focused, with fewer distractions.
What do you wish to accomplish while in Mexico City?
While living here, I hope to use this opportunity to think more, create more, and share more.
If you’ve never been to Mexico City, highly highly recommend it. Find a cheap AirBnb or hotel, and I recommend hanging out int he ‘Roma Norte’ neighborhood. Eat at the fancy restaurants in the city, while also enjoying the street food. Of course, street photography here is great!!(tons of epic colors, and the people are extremely friendly). And the city feels 100% safe to me.
Wish you were here with me, and will send you more updates from the city!