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Observations About The Gringo Bubble Of Mexico City

Published November 14, 2020 in Mexico - 0 Comments

It’s been roughly more or less 21 months.

Almost 2 years.

Since I started living in the “gringo bubble” of Mexico City.

Roma…

Condesa….

Centro Historico…

Going back a few years when I first started living in Mexico…

I started living in Roma – and as you can read here – had a great fucking time.

The word “fucking” quite appropriate here.

A time of mostly fucking one strange pussy after another…

From Peruvians to Mexicans to Argentines and more…

All the while drinking myself silly.

Until the money ran out.

To which – after having spent time by then in Roma and Condesa….

Had left to live in a part of Mexico City called Cuatro Caminos – as you can read here or here.

A part of the city with a reputation supposedly for being dangerous.

Well, it wasn’t too bad – some issues though.

And from there – to living in a relatively unknown city called Pachuca to living in a neighborhood called Santo Domingo de Pedregal.

Which also supposedly is known for its danger – but it really wasn’t too bad.

Here’s a story on my time there.

Regardless, starting around September 1st, I had finally returned to the “gringo bubble.”

Living in el Centro Historico.

Near Metro Bellas Artes.

Before ultimately moving to Roma Norte again – where it all started.

Back to the Bubble

There were good and bad things about returning to the bubble.

And just a bunch of observations so far after having spent now over 2 months back here by the time of this writing.

There is definitely an appeal to living in areas like Roma, Condesa or El Centro Historico.

And if I had to start over my time in Mexico City without ever having set foot here…

I would start out in those areas again as they can make a good introduction to the city as you are getting a feel for the place before branching out more over time.

So here are 24 different observations that have come to mind as I was thinking of the differences I have seen…

From living in areas not at all touristy….

To the touristy areas of Roma, Condesa, El Centro, etc…

With some final thoughts at the end.

Observation 1: More Familiarity with American Culture

CDMX

Living in areas like Roma Norte or El Centro…

Is you will find more latinos in those areas who come from relatively comfortable backgrounds.

The types who have spent time in Houston to Miami and NYC and elsewhere because their parents took them there…

Maybe on vacation or for whatever else.

Mixed in with the fact that you have more foreigners in these areas anyway…

Therefore, you have more businesses catering to foreigners and the cultures they come from…

And you will encounter more locals in these areas – workers or residents of the area – that have a better understanding of American culture and life in the US.

Versus living in other areas where you might find less local folks with that familiarity.

Observation 2: The Weirdness of Meeting Other Americans

A month or two ago, I got into a minor disagreement with a reader on the use of the term “American.”

As you can read about in the comment section of that article here.

During our discussion, the reader made the assumption that I mostly hang out with other foreigners.

That has made me think – to a degree – about the reality that actually other foreigners do have down here.

Thinking about it --  I suppose it is a fair assumption or a stereotype with some merit..

As people tend to flock towards those who are like them.

However, it was not an assumption I had faced hurled towards me because I legit don’t hang out with too many foreigners.

I can count on one hand the amount of foreigners I can remembering talking with over my entire time in Mexico.

Probably would need the second hand though if we are counting my time in the rest of Latin America.

And perhaps is the main reason for why I haven’t written a “top 10 foreigners you will meet down in Latin America” article that some expat blogs will churn out when they can…

Because while I probably will get around to it…

Honestly, it will probably be the worst out of all of those that exist as my exposure to foreigners living down here is quite limited and only among a very specific circle.

And, as I am writing this, I wonder how much my limited exposure to foreigners down here shapes my perception of what foreigners can be like down here.

But that’s another topic for another day.

Either way, just recently…

As you can read about here

I met another American down here named Alex.

And it was such a surprise to meet and talk with another foreigner because it literally never happens to me except among the very small crowd of other foreigners I know down here.

To the point I had to correct myself mentally mid conversation – “wait, not Spanish – English. He’s American!”

But outside of the introduction to another American down here for the first time in such a long time…

Over the last 2 months of living in the “Gringo Bubble,” I have seen a relatively moderate amount of foreigners down here.

There’s a bar close to my apartment that has the same foreigners drinking there every night it seems…

Though the amount of foreigners down here in the “Gringo Bubble” seems significantly less than how I remember it when I first started living in Roma and Condesa in my first year or so in Mexico City…

Significantly so.

Probably due to coronavirus concerns.

Regardless, compared to the last two years of living outside the bubble, there have been so many foreigners I have seen in the streets in this part of Mexico City.

Well, more than I am used to.

Observation 3: Easier Access to Food at Late Hours

One thing I really liked about my minimal time living in El Centro…

Was the amount of street food into the very late hours of the morning…

Even at like 3 or 4 AM…

Which, for a nocturnal man like myself…

Is fucking amazing.

It is so nice to have street venue options available at those hours after waking up at 11 PM from going to bed at 3 PM…

In Roma Norte?

Seems like the food options in the street close up sooner but it’s still relatively more liberal in terms of when you can find food outside compared to other neighborhoods…

So it’s not bad.

Plus there’s more 7-11s nearby – which is great if you need a bag of chips…

Fucking terrible though if you need another bottle of vodka and they fucking tell you at 3 AM that they don’t sell any alcohol until 7 AM…

I have to wonder who fucking came up with that regulation…

The faggot ass bar industry trying to stop people from buying liquor at late hours at stores so they’d have to go to bars…

Or the faggot ass religious groups who have a stick up their ass in regards to folks who like to drink at all hours of the day.

Fuckin faggot ass cunts.

Observation 4: A Shit Ton More Cops

One thing that is very surprising about the touristy areas…

The gringo bubble…

Though maybe it really shouldn’t be so surprising…

Is the amount of cops in this area.

 Outside my apartment building, if you stand on the balcony…

You will see cops cruising by on the streets at the latest hours imaginable…

From my memory, you’d never fucking see that in other parts….

Which is that a good thing or a bad thing?

When I lived close to Condesa, we had a cop on every street down this long road…

And I liked it back then – made me feel safe.

My girlfriend at the time had doubts – “is this area safe? Why are there so many cops?”

Well, it took a few bad moments with cops down here in Mexico…

As you can read about here

For me to change my mind on the cops in Mexico…

So while it might perhaps make you feel safe..

I’d rather there not be any cops cruising on my streets.

Kinda annoying to be honest.

I pass a cop vehicle driving by slowly at 2 AM after checking with the 7-11 if I can buy any fucking vodka…

They tell me no of course…

Then a cop car is passing by slowly going the opposite direction of me…

And I wonder if the fucker is going to mess with me.

Haven’t yet!

But this story I heard about the cops from Alex here a few days ago isn’t very reassuring..

Just a day or two ago…

I was walking back to my apartment from an ATM machine after pulling out cash for rent…

And this Mexican police lady was approaching me fast and I thought she was going to grab me for a bribe…

She had her eyes set on me and was walking quite fast…

But she walked around and that was it.

Granted, she did look good…

Had she wanted to detain me…

And then demand I fuck her inside a cop car…

Making her moan “oh, the gringos have invaded! The gringos have invaded my pussy!”

Well, how could you say no to that…

That would be a scenario in which an encounter with the Mexican police would be quite nice….

Either way, like I said, it’s one thing I don’t like about Roma or Condesa in all seriousness…

Is the amount of police presence here.

Observation 5: The Streets Look Nicer

CDMX

Not much to say here.

The streets and the neighborhoods around Roma or Condesa do look considerably nicer than the streets in other parts.

Though that isn’t to say other parts look like shit.

They just look nicer here overall.

Observation 6: Less or More Dangerous?

So as I said before…

Cuatro Caminos and Santo Domingo de Pedregal have a bigger reputation of being dangerous in Mexico City than Roma or Condesa…

Is it true?

Well, first off, it needs to be said that, if I remember right, crime rates supposedly are higher in some of those areas.

However, there is plenty of crime in Roma and Condesa also.

It’s not crime free by any means.

I’d also wonder too – just as a thought – about how many foreigners in Roma or Condesa would actually report a crime if it happened to them..

If they happen to be leaving soon in a week or less or just assume the police wouldn’t do anything anyway..

Not saying that would put Roma or Condesa above the other mentioned areas in terms of crime rate….

But I know that if a crime happened to me…

I’m not sure I’d report it to the police given how ineffective they can be and also to limit any time I’d have to deal with them since I don’t trust police down here.

Having said that…

Talking about my own experiences now and the experiences of others I know…

Living in other neighborhoods like Santo Domingo de Pedregal…

I’d say you do stick out a little more for being the obvious foreigner in the street…

Than el Centro Historico where you see a shit ton more foreigners..

However…

In all of my time in el Centro Historico, I have gotten harassed a shit ton more there than Santo Domingo de Pedregal..

Or Cuatro Caminos…

In either Santo Domingo de Pedregal or Cuatro Caminos…

Or other neighborhoods I know that are not seen as very safe…

I’d say your risk of something bad happening is obviously a lot lower during the day than night…

As, for example, Cuatro Caminos feels relatively safe during the day but can be pretty fucking sketchy feeling during the night.

Like this time I got assaulted by a homeless dude as you can read here..

But you will definitely get harassed more in the touristy areas much more than in either Cuatro Caminos, Santo Domingo de Pedregal or elsewhere…

My belief is that there is a shit ton more people in those areas that are looking specifically for foreigners given how many more foreigners flock to those areas than Cuatro Caminos for example..

Where I never fucking saw a single foreigner…

And because of that, the street hustlers are going to be a shit ton more aggressive.

As you can read about this random homeless dude harassing me here in El Centro..

On top of that, I also wonder if the police are worse in the touristy areas than the non touristy ones..

I’d assume so.

Because I’ve heard more stories of police looking for bribes in touristy areas than non-touristy ones.

Like this story here.

Despite having to pay a bribe in Cuatro Caminos..

Just based on all of the stories I have heard and the logic behind it…

I’d say this..

In areas like Cuatro Caminos, Santo Domingo de Pedregal or elsewhere…

You are probably at greater risk of getting mugged.

However, in touristy areas, from everything I know, you seem to be at greater risk of getting harassed for money by homeless folks, getting scammed by locals looking to fuck other a foreigner with the gringo price and also more likely to getting robbed by the cops.

That is what I have noticed.

Observation 7: Mosquitos

For whatever reason, mosquitos seem to be a lot worse around Roma and Condesa than anywhere else I have to in Mexico.

Even in El Centro, it wasn’t that good.

So keep that in mind – I never had a single issue with mosquitos around other parts of Mexico City.

For whatever reason, they seem to be a major fucking pain in the ass around the touristy parts mentioned.

Observation 8: Earthquakes

A few months ago…

Well, maybe like 5 or 6 months ago more or less…

I was sleeping after another night of drinking…

Went to bed at like 7 AM and woke up in the afternoon…

And much later in the night I went out drinking with another American friend…

Who asked me “how was the earthquake?”

I looked at him….

“What earthquake?”

He explained that there was some minor shake and his building was all fucking crazy when it happened.

Now keep in mind he lived in Roma Norte at the night.

I was living in Santo Domingo de Pedregal.

I didn’t notice the earthquake – I was sleeping and it never woke me up.

But it apparently was a memorable event for him!

Well, there’s a lesson in that story right there..

Which is that the most touristy areas of CDMX – Roma Norte and Condesa – are known for being the worst areas when it comes to earthquakes.

I never learned why but supposedly the buildings are at greater risk there to earthquakes than elsewhere…

Like that time I lived in Roma Norte years ago and experienced this major ass earthquake on my birthday here

Either way, this supposedly terrifying earthquake couldn’t even wake me up a few months ago when my friend was telling me about it..

And so if you live in Roma Norte or Condesa, just be prepared for relatively more shock to earthquake damage when they happen…

Observation 9: The Women

CDMX

Around Roma or Condesa…

You will find more upper class fresa chicks that dress nicer for sure..

Well, dress nicer in the sense that their clothes look more expensive.

And they carry more jewelry perhaps and just seem like they come from a more comfortable background.

Mixed in with enough foreign looking chicks as well.

Generally speaking, they seem more “fresa” than the chicks you see around El Centro in my experience.

On top of that, I have noticed the occasional chick here and there in these parts that walks around with very short shorts exposing a tiny bit of her ass as she walks…

The type of chick going to a bar with some friends and who maybe likes to show off a bit more of her body…

All around appreciated, for sure.

Though they usually do carry a little more fat around the legs, so to speak – so don’t get carried away thinking they are super models, to be honest.

Perhaps a chick who has low self-esteem and craves attention to be seen as desirable.

Who knows!

Either way…

That’s a bit different than what you see in other areas outside of Roma, Condesa, Polanco, etc..

Where you won’t find too many – if any – chicks who come across as more “fresa” seeming in their appearance.

By Cuatro Caminos, the chicks just seemed more average looking in their of how they dressed and all.

By Santo Domingo de Pedregal, there was more of a typical “barrio” look to the chicks I saw in the street.

More skin exposure and sexier in appearance.

Not at all upper class look or anything like that.

Well, sexier for me, I suppose – I like the lower class or medium class chicks down here much more than the fresa types with a bad attitude.

They tend to drink more, more fun to go out with, less attitude and the sex is better all around in my experience.

Plus, while the way they dress might show more skin, it doesn’t feel like they have low self esteem looking for attention.

They just seem to be more open about themselves and more fun and enjoyable to chill with.

Same could be said for certain other areas of CDMX that I have visited.

But if you had to ask me either way…

Which chicks do I prefer…

The ones in more touristy areas or parts around places like Santo Domingo…

Without any doubt, the latter.

More enjoyable all around.

Observation 10: Protests

Some months ago, there was some major protest in Mexico City by feminists that fucked a bunch of shit up.

As you can see in this video here…

I didn’t even notice it until after when someone told me about it.

Because I wasn’t living in el Centro or by Reforma or some place like that…

Truth is this…

If you want to be more exposed to protests and major activities…

Then go live by El Centro or by Paseo de Reforma…

You will see a lot more – like I did here on my last birthday…

But if you want to avoid all of that, just live outside those areas.

And you won’t likely ever see a protest.

And on that same note…

Observation 11: Lively

If you want a place with more activity….

More people in your area….

Then, again, go live by El Centro or by Paseo de Reforma closer to the Angel of Independence statue…

As you will see a lot more people outside at most hours of the day….

When I moved from Santo Domingo de Pedregal to El Centro months ago…

It was the first thing I noticed – a shit ton more people outside.

I had a date set up in the month after with some chick who visiting me and also came from the south part of CDMX…

And her response by text was in Spanish --- “oh Jesus Christ, so many people here!”

Granted, she showed up when a protest was happening but still…

But among the protests and the greater amount of people…

To the greater amount of street performances and more….

These areas of CDMX will seem more lively to you…

Though, to others, like the chick mentioned here, might seem more chaotic and stressful.

All depends on you obviously.

For me, I do like more lively places…

Seem more active, I suppose.

Though it does come with a trade off – more local Mexicans who will block your path walking down the street by walking in large groups at an excruciatingly slow pace while being retarded about their surroundings and the people trying to fucking get around them….

Observation 12: Dates More Likely to Show Up?

It is a question for the single man out there…

Are dates less likely to show up to where you live if you live in a shittier area of the city?

Well….maybe.

I know an American guy who lives in Balbuena who told me that sometimes – once in a blue moon perhaps – he gets a chick who doesn’t feel comfortable showing up to his neighborhood.

Granted, I’ve had a chick show up from Metro Pantitlán to Metro CU.

Which is a bit of a fucking distance to travel to.

And had others anyway travel to Metro CU or Metro Cuatro Caminos..

Having said that…

I’d say, yes, Roma Norte or Condesa or El Centro is more centrally located obviously…

And not as many concerns about safety there by some chicks…

So you will probably have more luck overall getting random chicks to show up to those areas..

But, in my experience, I never had much issue getting chicks to show up to metro stations in neighborhoods that were not at all touristy.

I’d say as long as you are not living in an area as badly known as some place like Tepito…

And assuming it’s not too far north (like la Raza) or too far south (like Metro CU)…

Then you shouldn’t have as much of an issue getting chicks to show up to your neighborhood.

 And even with Metro CU, it wasn’t terrible in my experience.

But still, something relatively more centrically located but not in a area like Tepito such as Balbuena should be OK overall.

Observation 13: Sex Shops

CDMX

There comes a day…

Such as I wrote about here

Where you want to put some nipple clamps on a bitch and rip them off her tits to give her more pain….

But the fucking nipple clamps are broken!

Or you want to paddle her ass but you need a new paddle!

Maybe the last one you left in some place and it ended up getting mold on it some fucking how…

Anyway, this is a minor benefit to living in Roma Norte or Condesa – a lot more sex shops that are more easily available if you need to buy something to torture a bitch with.

Observation 14: Types of Bars

From what I have seen, nightlife in the touristy parts can be much better than in the non touristy parts.

Not only because you have more bars in general…

But you also have more specific types of bars that cater to a specific type of client…

Like El Centro having Zinco Jazz Bar for those who like jazz music.

Having said that, I’d say El Centro is actually pretty shit for nightlife in general – just way too many faggoty ass scammers running bars in that area looking to scam foreigners by lying to them about prices on beer…

Where they might try to double the price on you or whatever…

I had one fucker try to pull that on me some years ago…

At a bar with an ex girlfriend…

At the point of leaving, the waiter brings the check and put in the bill a tip that – not fucking joking – was just under 100 pesos when the total bill for the drinks was maybe 200 pesos more or less.

Anyway, the little cunt got in my face all angry that I was not going to pay the tip when I confronted him about it.

Granted, not really up in my face…

He had to look a bit up to see mine as he was short…

But, a part from calling him a faggot…

He stood his ground and I did mine…

Until he pissed off and never got a single cent in a tip from me…

But that’s another lesson for you, ain’t it?

Dumb cunts down here who think in the short term about trying to fuck a foreigner over than in the long term about how much more money they could make offering a good service and trying to get repeat customers…

But try explaining that to the locals down here…

“What? Not acting like a retard trying to scam every person for short term gains and instead trying to offer a better service to retain long term clients that could earn me more money in the long run?!?”

I know, I know….

What a fucking concept…

Regardless, back to the point..

El Centro does have nicer specific types of bars like for jazz for example…

And the touristy parts in general are going to have specific types of bars that cater to more specific interests…

But usually at a higher price as you can imagine but not unreasonable.

Observation 15: More Latino Foreigners

Outside the touristy areas of Mexico City…

I don’t think I ever met a single Latin foreigner from another country…

However…

In El Centro or Roma Norte now…

I have met a small handful already in the last two months from other countries like Venezuela to Argentina and more…

More than I have seen in literally the last two years before this…

So if you are interested in meeting Latino foreigners from countries not Mexico…

Well, your best bet is in the touristy areas….

Observation 16: More Locals Wanting to Speak English

In areas that are not at all touristy…

I can’t remember a single fucking person trying to speak English with me…

Assuming I’m not at some house party among rich Latinos like one time in Pachuca that I can remember…

But in Roma or El Centro…

It’s happened a shit ton more.

Like this random drunk homeless dude yelling at me in English to give him some money…

To my first night back in Roma Norte with some Venezuelan chick trying to speak English to me on my first night back here…

Though, to be fair, her English was far better than most of the locals trying to speak English to me.

And, to reiterate a point made on other articles on here – I don’t mind so much if a Latino wants to speak English with me.

If they ask me that they want to practice – it’s cool.

The problem comes when they assume you don’t speak Spanish because of your nationality or when they are trying to scam you.

As, in my experience as written about here, it’s not uncommon to find a local trying to scam foreigners.

And the ignorance among the locals about foreigners can get annoying over enough time.

Regardless, you get more of both types in touristy areas than non-touristy ones by far – the street hustler scammers and the fresa faggots trying to practice their English at all hours of the day and assuming foreigners don’t speak other languages…

“Fresa Faggots.”

I like that term.

I feel I just invented a new term that should be popularized.

It sounds quite fitting for the crowd it is meant to describe…

Either way…..

You get more of both in touristy areas as I said and it can be annoying.

Observation 17: Higher Prices?

CDMX

An assumption by some is that touristy areas can be more expensive overall…

That is generally speaking a bit true…

But touristy areas outside of Polanco are not really that much more expensive.

I’d say it’s more that you get more bang for your buck outside places like Roma or Condesa…

For sure.

For example, I the cheapest place I ever saw in CDMX was for 2,000 pesos or like a hundred bucks.

Near Metro CU.

In Condesa, the cheapest spot I ever saw for rent was for literally about 4,000 pesos or double that – 200 bucks.

Now, to a Mexican making 6,000 pesos a month, that extra 100 bucks or 2,000 pesos does make a significant difference.

Without any question.

For a foreigner earning money online or with a good local paying job – not really.

But you can get better bang for your buck obviously in areas outside of Roma or Condesa – in terms of the type of apartment and the space you get for the money you are paying.

Without any question – the areas in Roma or Condesa are a bit overpriced in my opinion.

I remember over three years ago a Mexican friend of mine named Angie told me when I was living in Roma Norte…

“I can’t believe you pay 5,300 pesos for such a small space – it’s the size of a closet!”

And she was right!

You pay that price because those areas get swamped with foreigners willing to pay that and it becomes relatively ridiculous.

Not so ridiculous if you are coming from a major city in the US where rent is maybe 1,500 a month.

More so if you are living down here after enough time and think in local prices.

And outside of rent?

I never noticed groceries to be more expensive in touristy areas than non-touristy ones.

But you can get more organic food more easily in touristy ones than not.

Street food? Not really more expensive in places like Roma but maybe a tiny bit more, I suppose.

Gyms are definitely more expensive in places like Roma – no fucking question.

Bars and nightlife?

Polanco is obviously pretty fucking expensive.

The Center of Coyoacan can be also but not by too much.

In Roma Norte, nightlife is actually pretty cheap from what I have seen.

And compared to non-touristy areas, Roma Norte isn’t really any more expensive in my experience.

Transportation isn’t much different – uber is uber and metro is metro.

Restaurants though are more expensive in touristy areas though for sure.

Observation 18: Super Markets?

I often found it easier to find more acceptable super markets in non-touristy areas than touristy areas.

For example, living in Roma Norte right now, there is apparently some place called Sumesa.

But I never been there before funny enough despite my few years here now…

And it doesn’t sound as nice as say Soriana…

But still, supposedly we got something.

Though some of the neighbors recommended I take the metro bus to another neighborhood a few weeks ago to get to a Walmart to have better access to everything I need.

Then you have El Centro…

Which, in my experience, had fucking nothing.

It had some small ass super market that I checked out that was a fucking joke for a super market.

Had basically nothing.

In Condesa?

If you live closer to the edge of Condesa closer to Metro Juanacatlán, there is a Soriana nearby that is good.

Having said all of that…

In my experience, it was simply easier to get to supermarkets than what some of these touristy areas can offer.

Observation 19: Old Memories

This doesn’t really speak to which areas are better…

But since I lived in Roma Norte as my first neighborhood in CDMX…

I have more nostalgia perhaps for this area of CDMX…

Just memories and all.

And a few nights ago, I was walking around the area with an old friend named Angie…

Who was reminding me of a bunch of old memories we had around this area as she recalled one memory after another…

So, for me personally, Roma Norte does have more memories and nostalgia, I suppose.

Observation 20: Delivery Drivers

When I lived near Cuatro Caminos…

Every fucking delivery driver – from UBER or Dominos or wherever – was a fucking find nemo mission…

Where you’d be on the phone with the fucker trying to help them find the place you were living at…

Even though supposedly they had the directions from online already…

In places like that…

Had Osama Bin Laden been living there in Cuatro Caminos…

He’d still be alive today because nobody would have fucking found him.

Guarantee it.

And so that is one issue you may or may not have living in areas outside of touristy areas…

Is having to deal with directions – with taxis, UBER eats, UBER, Dominos, etc – to get to your place.

It’s much easier in touristy areas.

Observation 21: Open Air Markets

CDMX

To be fair, just the other day I was walking around with a hookup chick of mine named Alma…

Who was telling me about how there is this awesome open air market close to us…

That I should visit.

Outside of Roma though.

Granted, we do have a little open air market close to both of us in Roma that sells random stuff like blankets, tacos, etc…

But in my experience…

It has always been a bit easier to find open air markets outside of the touristy areas than inside…

Maybe the tourists don’t care for them?

Or maybe the areas I chose to live in had more of them?

I don’t know.

Just going over my experiences.

Observation 22: More Noticed

CDMX

In certain areas of CDMX…

Not just the ones I lived in.

You do get noticed more.

Not harassed though.

Like said, you do get more harassed in touristy areas like El Centro.

But you do notice more people looking at you in areas non-touristy areas like Santo Domingo de Pedregal.

From maybe someone thinking what is this foreigner doing here…

To some random local chick checking you out because you one of the few white dudes in the area.

Anyway, you will notice getting looked at more often.

Observation 23: Homeless People

I remember when I started checking out El Centro for the first time in a long time…

I told some folks that this area looked like “homeless people/mental health issue Central.”

Because of all the folks I noticed there who seemed homeless or had mental health issues.

Like I wrote about in articles like this..

The issue of homeless folks outside touristy areas was an issue I noticed before…

But I must have forgot how much worse it can be in areas like El Centro.

Because, by far, it was much worse there than anywhere else.

Perhaps because there was more foreigners there to beg money from.

Or whatever – I don’t know why it is worse there.

In the same way…

Years ago an ex girlfriend of mine and I were walking by Roma Norte…

And this homeless woman asked us for money while we were waiting for this street vendor to make her some fruit drink.

And she asked me to switch spots with me because the homeless lady was standing next to her and making a bunch of random ass noises…

That sounded demonic or some shit.

Anyway, I laughed it off like it ain’t no problem and it pissed her off.

“Like I told you to switch spots and you laughed it off…the fuck wey!!”

But it was funny to me – seen enough of this shit down here and the homeless chick seemed small and not very threatening so it all cool…

Well, she got over me not switching spots while we were waiting lol…

But this shit can be worse in these touristy areas than non-touristy ones – more folks looking to fuck with foreigners for money.

If I had to guess, I assume the foreigners are more generous with handing out money then the locals – especially the tourists – who don’t mind giving 5 dollars when a local might give 50 cents (10 pesos) in currency.

Either way, it can be a bigger issue in touristy areas than non-touristy ones.

Observation 24: Fresa Faggots

Like I said a few times now, you got more upper class Mexicans in these touristy areas who believe themselves to be better than most of the locals who don’t come from as nice of a background.

Though I mostly was talking about the chicks who fall into this group.

Anyway, because this group tends to get under my skin more than most groups of folks down here..

I felt the need to mention them one more time – just to say FUCK THEM!

Fuckin dumb cunts they all are mostly.

Well, not all – but a good deal of them from what I have seen.

“oh sisi, aprendi ingles en la uni privada y tengo tiempo viviendo en EUA porque mi papa siempre me da dinerooooo y los otros mexicanos son muertos de HAMBRE!!!”

Well, anyway....

No issue if they have a good family and all – just an issue with the folks who believe themselves to be better than others.

Worthy of another mention as a topic in of itself.

The Final Verdict

CDMX

So which areas do I like the most?

Well, honestly, I like quite a bit Reforma near Angel of Independence statue and also the Bosque de Chapultepec area.

And I also like the mini park area next to the Bellas Artes museum.

However, outside of those two areas…

 I don’t see much reason to live in the touristy parts of CDMX.

I mostly like those areas because of how nice they can be for my personal tastes…

But even when I live in Roma Norte, I ain’t visiting them most days of the week.

I know a guy, who I said before, was living in Balbuena…

But he was taking Uber to Condesa most days of the week because that was where his friends lived.

In that case, relocating to a area like that makes sense if you are taking Uber most days…

However, I don’t feel the need to visit those 3 areas I mentioned above most days of the week…

Like maybe three times a month at most.

So I don’t see much reason personally to live in Roma Norte, Condesa, El Centro, etc…

Especially as you can get better deals elsewhere…

To less of a police presence worrying you…

To more barrio looking chicks and less fresas…

Or less fresas in general and less people looking to scam foreigners or vomit their English onto you….

And, on top of all of that, I just like moving out of the typical touristy areas to see how life is elsewhere.

Which, among other reasons…

Adds up to why I am moving out of Roma Norte soon to a neighborhood that fits what I am looking for.

I have moved around quite a bit this year.

Hopefully, this will be the last time I move anywhere for the next year or two.

As it does get tiring checking out different neighborhoods for fun.

Kinda reminds me of the pain in the ass it was traveling from country to country in South America years ago.

But with less airports.

Anyway, those are my initial observations on life in the less touristy parts vs touristy parts of Mexico City.

Got any thoughts or questions yourself?

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Thanks.

Best regards,

Matt

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