October 30-31, 2017–Mexico City, Mexico
Arriving a few days before Dia de los Muertos, the festivities were in full effect! I was lucky enough to stay in the heart of the Centro District, right smack in the middle of all the excitement. There was a festival to my right, and a festival to my left. Food, costumes, decoration, vendors, all right outside my doorway. A photographer and adventurers dream!
My absolute favorite part of it all?? Parents did NOT dress their children in cute elephant or teddy bear costumes, they were full on horrific! From babies young enough to be in a stroller rocking the Chucky doll costume, to toddlers dressed as Harley Quinn and the IT clown. Every time I saw a child in their spooky dress, a glorified smile crept across my face.
I was lucky to have picked an Airbnb located on Avenida Juárez, one of the main streets in Mexico City’s downtown, filled with extraordinary museums and the well-know Almeda Central Park. The city was busy! Filled with tourists and locals alike, moving with no purpose in mind, just enjoying being in holiday mode! The park was a sight to see, well decorated with lady skeleton statues in preparation for Day of the Dead.
To the right of my Airbnb was ‘Calle Madero,’ a bustling street, filled with shops, restaurants, historic buildings, and cathedrals. In addition to the beauty, the street gave you the feeling of being on Hollywood Blvd. in LA; with the money hungry characters, gold and silver still statues, and homeless. The street led the way to the heart of Mexico City, the Zócalo. One of the world’s largest squares, the Zócalo was fully prepped and ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos!
To the left of my Airbnb was a small festival with food vendors and stalls selling various Mexican souvenirs and skulls. I couldn’t resist bargaining for a few creative hand carved skull women and painted head skulls. I even managed to catch a small street parade full of bobbing skull heads! In these two days of exploring and taking in all the colors of Dia de los Muertos, I was in my element and fully embracing the cultures of Mexico City.