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Mexico City First impressions
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-12-11 19:45:14 | Cuauhtemoc, The Federal District, Mexico
Keywords: altitude, megapolis, pollution
I haven't wrote much in the past week, after my complicated arrival in the mega-city... because I was busy working on a few projects and I since I'm here for four weeks, I wanted to take a bit the time to explore the city and get to know it.

Because of my work, I haven't explored much yet... but I know I don't like the city. It's over-crowded (of course, it's to be expected with a 22 million population), very noisy (like most Mexican cities I've visited so far) and extremely polluted. Although it's very high (2230 m, about 7 400 feet), I'm now used to these altitudes... I sleep well and I normally have no issues walking for a long time.

But here, the altitude combined with the intense pollution, it hard to walk for more than an hour. I'm not talking about simple exhaustion and being out of your breath... but the brain really gets in need of oxygen... I get dizzy, have major vision problems, plus the itching eyes, loosing my balance, etc. Mexico City is in a bowl-shaped valley surrounded by mountains... with no wind coming over to blow away the pollution generated by the intense traffic.

I'm here for four weeks to mark a pause after my first six months on the road, and I welcome the pause that allows me to work on a few items off my To-Do list... but at the same time I can tell you I won't be sad to leave Mexico City at the end of the month. Yes, I still have plenty of stuff to see... and I will... in small amount due to the pollution. Just don't expect as many pictures of the day postcards as usual... because on many days I won't leave my immediate neighbourhood. In early January, I'll be on the coast again... not only at sea level.... but on sea-side!  I can't wait to see the ocean again and breath fresh air.

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