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Exploring Mexico City

Mexico has long held a really special little place in my heart.

Many, many (please don’t make me say how many) years ago, I ventured there and spent a few weeks exploring DF and beyond, and I fell head over heels in love with the people, the culture, the food, and the vibrancy of the country.

Heading back to Mexico more than a few years later revealed a place which has evolved and changed a hell of a lot. And you know what? I had too.

Back then I stayed in a (let’s face it, pretty filthy) hostel right near the Zócalo which had all the comforts of a prison cell. I was younger, walked a little more on the edge (probably with my feet dangling off at some point), and lived on a pittance each day – and I was completely, blissfully happy discovering the city together with a good friend. We went to a Lucha Libre match, ventured over to Xochimilco and Frida Kahlo’s house in Coyoacán, and took long bus rides to Michoacán and Isla Janitzio to observe the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Now, at the tender age of thirty-something, I was returning to Mexico City with a bunch of like-minded creatives, all eager to explore the food and culture of the city, to meet our creative counterparts, and to soak up all we could as we ran around the city for four glorious days.

Bringing together photographers, furniture & apparel designers, videographers, journalists and art directors together under a banner of connection, exploration and understanding is a pretty amazing thing. And the wonderful people at Richer Poorer did an fantastic job gathering together a diverse group of people who quickly became great friends. Their belief in the Honest Hustle and the idea that we all working hard to make our passions a reality resonated deeply within all of us – so in the spirit of getting on with things, we got down to business!

With the short time we had together, we set out to explore the city with the aid of the amazing Katalina from El Camino Travel (a business – and businesswoman – I have admired from afar for a really long time). Kata’s a smart lady. She knows that no one person could possibly know everything about, or plan a tour around, a destination – so she works with locals to create travel experiences which are authentic, vibrant & unique, taking you quickly to the heart of a culture as you get to know real people who live, love and create in the places you are visiting.

Thanks to her, we connected with the amazing organisers of the Ambulante Film Festival, made an incredibly delicious tour of Mexico City’s best street food with Club Tengo Hambre, talked at length on combining high fashion with local crafts (and craftspeople) with one of the top brass at fashion designer Carla Fernandez, and partook of helluva lot of amazing food and drink with the folks from Hidden Kitchen, CoolHunterMX, La Fiera Mezcal and the award-winning Fonda Fina.

Not bad for four days, huh? We even managed to get in a swim or two in that amazing hotel pool.

So, here we go! A visual roundup of some favourite sights, colours, shapes and tastes that made this trip to Mexico one for the books. Can we go back now you guys?

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