Culture shock, or lack thereof, is what I have experienced since I arrived in Mexico City. I do not feel like I am in another country. I left my apartment this morning to go to the mall.
I grabbed Starbucks, used the ATM, and bought some groceries.
This is why I do not have culture shock. I have all the cozy comforts that I had back in the states. I simply feel like I moved to a super awesome city with gorgeous weather, amazing architecture and delicious food. 😀
Of course, I am missing my family. I thought about that this morning and came to a conclusion. I would have those same feelings if I had moved somewhere as close as Minneapolis. I wouldn’t be able to hang out with them on the weekends. They would still be around 4-5 hours away. With those feelings of sadness, I am fortunate that technology has come so far. I chat with Mom everyday on the internet and today we even had a Google hangouts session. I felt like were just sitting around the table again. It was so nice. I love them very much. ❤
Today I was also able to explore Coyoacán. This is one of the southern districts of Mexico City. The name comes from the Aztec language. It means “place of the coyotes.”The city is also the birthplace of Frida Kahlo. She is a famous artist who revolutionized fashion and surreal art. She endured 22 surgeries for polio and a violent car accident where she spent much time alone recovering from surgery. Frida writes, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” I went to Casa Azul today, which is where she was born and died. It was an amazing showcase of Kahlo’s artwork, artifacts from her house and statement fashion pieces. Her artwork is very thought-provoking and I was almost in tears reading about her life and how she overcame adversity.After the museum, I went walking around the town. There was a large festival in the park where artists were selling paintings, people were dancing to music and there were street vendors on every corner. It is a fantastic town. 🙂What a wonderful weekend of exploring. Now I need to buckle down and prepare for week 2 of CELTA. Wish me luck!