Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Why I love Mexico City: Reason no. 9

Sometimes it's the little things that make life in the big city so pleasurable. I'd written a previous post (click here) about some of those perks, and this week I encountered a new one: aside from buying the usual fruits and vegetables at my weekly tianguis, I was able to get the hems on a new pair of pants shortened while I shopped.

Daniel is an itinerant tailor whose business consists of a sewing machine, a box of supplies, his sign and a dolly to move everything to a different market each day--another example of the ingenious ways Mexicans find to make a living.

He hadn't quite finished by the time I'd done my shopping, so I had lunch at the market stall below while I waited.

People often talk about the difficulties of living in a metropolis the size of Mexico City. But it's moments like this that make me feel I'm in a laid-back pueblo.


Doug Lofland said...

I had the same feeling visiting Coyoacan/San Angel last October. It felt like a collection of small pueblos stitched together, not a mega metropolis of 23 million. Then I rode the Metro into Zocalo and it felt a bit different, but it's definitely not the popular image one has of a big dirty crime-ridden city from "Man on Fire".

Unknown said...

I enjoyed this post very much. So true that Mexicans can be so industrious & innovative to find ways to create their own employment. Loved the photos of the comunal traveling restaurant.

Alexander said...

My wife and I are going to DF and enjoy your book tremendously. I am partially disabled (can walk short distances on even surface only, can climb a flight of stairs). Could you please give some advice about accessibility? Are there wheelchairs available at major museums? Is it easy to rent a wheelchair? Do you know private guides or tours who specialize in travellers like us?

The Author said...

Museo Nacional de Antropolog√≠a has free wheelchairs available for handicapped visitors, as well as elevator service just for them. It’s on their website under ‘servicios’.

Museo Franz Mayer has an elevator but no wheelchairs. On the other hand, it’s a small museum.

If you google some of the other museums, you’ll find info.

Please write to my email:
I've written to several friends here to see if they have any additional information--will send it directly to you if you send me your email (when you post a comment it comes with a 'no-reply' address).

Yelli said...

:) Im interested about the itinerant tailor... Sounds amazing eating/shopping experience while waiting for the cloth, may I ask where is this Tianguis and what days...?
Thanks in advance

The Author said...

It was the Tuesday tianguis in Colonia Condesa. Check this link for more information:

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