It felt “funny” to be back in a city where I have already been and where I already had my marks, it felt a bit like “home” in some ways.
In order to come back to Mexico as soon as possible from the middle of the Campeche department I basicelly traveled 24 hours. But the last part was at least more comfortable with the ADO Platino, big seat, tv set for each person, and clean bathrooms with coffee and tea. This is not as good as Argentina, but this is already a huge step compared to the second class buses.
I was lucky to have my Mexican friend taking me to discover a typical Mexico’s attraction, the Xochimilco river. A touristy place where Mexicans come by groups to have a big drinking time on these boats.
What you can order is actually 1.2 liter michelada (beer with clamato, spicy sauce and lemon). And on the canal you will be offered refill for your beer, you can even have a boat following you with mariachis (guitarists), and other food and handicrafts. (every small boat floating is a little shop). Cheers!
Then my week was about job hunting and networking. And I experienced to really become extremely patient, even if that really drives me crazy.
Long story short, the first bit was to simply print the CV and other paper in order to be “ready”. Something extremely simple which you may expect to do in 5 min for a few print copies in Europe. But here, this simple exercice became almost a 2 hours experience, this essentially due to the ineficiency of the print place I went to.
This is unfortunate but it’s a fact, in Mexico, when it comes to client service, might that be in a grocery shop (OXXO) or at the bus station, or wherever YOU as a client need to wait to get something, you will see 3 employees, 1 working and the two others not doing anything (maybe playing on their phone or watching TV or just looking at the queue of client waiting), basicely being paid to do f*** all.
While job hunting and visiting a few companies, I had the chance to discover the different business districts of the city such as Santa Fe, Lomas de Chapultepec and Polanco, that’s how i realized how HUGE Mexico City is, and at the same time how chaotic the traffic can became. That’s why it’s almost impossible to predict when you will arrive at one place, it may take 30 minutes or 2 hours. I learned big time on not having too big expectations of what I could achieve in one day. PATIENCE IS KEY!
One particularity of the roads / highways in order to try to make the traffic more fluid, are the “double deck”, so you’re actually over an other road. See below.
This is the Santa Fe district, it’s roughly 30-40 min drive (without traffic) from the very center of Mexico City. And it really feels like the “New York” of Mexico, huge business buildings.
The car traffic and polution in Mexico is the number one topic amongst the locals because this drives them crazy every day. Not only due to the density of traffic, but the way people drive, extremely agressive, the lack of information if there is an accident or a road under construction which of course creates huge traffic jams. I believe this might be the most dificult thing to deal with depending where is work and where is home. The metro is actually a good alternative. although at peak time the metro feels like a nest of ents as it’s packed as packed can be.
While re-visiting a bit the center I took a couple of other shots, such as this one in the neighbourhood of “Roma” which is a pretty nice area full of restaurants and trees.
A big thank you to both my friends Alicia and Jessica who invited me to stay a few days at their place and took the time to help me with my process of job hunting.