- See the floating gardens of Xochimilco; take mariachi band-accompanied gondola ride on the canal (these pictures are giving me major regret pangs)
- Enter either the renowned Museo Nacional de Antropologia or the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes
- Visit any of the hip neighborhoods of Zona Rosa, Condesa, or Roma
- Wear a path in the streets around the Zocalo
- Tour the bell towers and walk on the vaulted rooftop of the Catedral Metropolitana at sunset
- See the murals painted by Diego Rivera inside the Palacio Nacional
- Walk around Chapultepec park and castle
- Eat an enormous cornsicle outside the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (corn on a stick slathered in mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder and lime)
- Visit the Aztec ruins at Tlatelolco; also the Basilica of Guadalupe; taste tequila; climb the pyramids at Teotihuacan; develop mild sunburn (this was all in the same day, whew)
- Sit in Mexico City traffic for three bumper-to-bumper hours after the above; grow increasingly cranky; ponder probability of spending the rest of my life in this fucking van
- Finally exit van; kiss ground (not pictured)
- Tour the Casa Azul and Frida Kahlo museum
- Visit the craft markets of Coyoacan and San Angel; accidentally drink a frappe blended with ice (ICE!); experience intestinal regret as a consequence of my poor choices
- Walk around Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor
- See murals of Orozco in the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria
Mexico City, we both agreed, is best approached in small chunks. The next time we go, we decided, we will avoid the Centro Historico altogether, being the one area we really got our fill of, and stay in one of the more residential neighborhoods of Zona Rosa, Roma, or Condesa. Next time, we will visit Xochimilco; next time we will spend more time in Coyoacan. Next time, we will go to museums. La proxima vez.
Until next time, Mexico City!
And a special shout-out to Molly for being an awesome friend and travel partner! Muchas gracias, chica. A la proxima vez.