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Thursday, February 9, 2017

What I'll Miss About Condesa

As I have written previously, starting in April, I am going to start living in Mexico City every other month.  I made contact with a couple who lives in the United States, but who have a furnished, unoccupied apartment there.  They expressed an interest in renting it to me.  I visited the apartment during my recent trip to Mexico City, and it is a lovely, well-located place.  It seemed too good to be true.  Even though it appeared to be a "done deal", the "worry-wart" in me fretted that the arrangement might fall through at the last minute.  Well, yesterday I received an email from the owner.  Next month they are going to go to Mexico City to make sure that the apartment is ready for my arrival, and she is going to send me a set of keys via UPS.  I have a new "home away from home" in Mexico!

For the past several years on my trips to Mexico City, I have been staying at vacation rentals in the neighborhood of Condesa.  The new apartment is located in the equally nice Nápoles district, but I do have to admit that there are some things that I will miss about Condesa.

I will miss the tree lined streets and the many parks of Condesa.






Condesa is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city.  Within walking distance of the places where I stayed were Parque México and Parque España.

My new place will be convenient to public transportation, but I will miss the fact that I could walk to the many attractions and museums of Chapultepec Park.  (Yeah, it was a bit of a hike, but it was a good way to burn some calories after indulging in Mexican food.)



I will miss the little laundry... "El Tendedero Condesa" (The Condesa Clothesline)... where I took my clothes every week.  The lady there was a real sweetheart, and we always had such nice conversations.




(In my new place, however, the maid will wash and iron my clothes!)


Most of all I will miss the fact that in Condesa and in the adjacent neighborhood of Roma Norte there are literally hundreds of restaurants.


All within walking distance was everything from fine restaurants specializing in the regional cuisines of Mexico, to little "taquerías", to American-style diners.  Even on my latest trip I was finding new places to add to my list of places to eat.

Yes, I will miss Condesa, but I am excited about exploring my new neighborhood of Nápoles in April!

8 comments:

  1. I'm thrilled for you.....hopefully there are B&b's or little hotels nearby to your new place? We WILL connect, I promise.

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    1. That would be great. Since it is close to the Mexico City World Trade Center, there are a number of hotels nearby... probably catering to business people. I checked Google Maps and there are a couple that are moderately priced. I'll send you an email.
      Saludos,
      Bill

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  2. Napoles is a bit more corporate chain-type places than in Condesa, but there have got to be lots of nice little places too. And certainly there are on the other side of Insurgentes.

    I look forward to our next meet-up in CDMX.

    Saludos y un abrazo,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where corporate chains of every kind reign supreme.

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    1. Yes, I noticed that chains predominate, especially around the World Trade Center. However, if you move a few blocks away, Google Maps show lots of independent restaurants (although I don't know if they are of the quality of those found in Condesa and Roma Norte). Since the new apartment has a large, well-equipped kitchen, I don't intend to eat out every night!
      Saludos,
      Bill

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  3. I must have missed your previous announcement, so belated congratulations! Napoles is a nice area as well, a bit under-restauranted, but with a better locals-vs-extranjeros ratio.

    When is your next visit? I'm flying to DF this Friday! I'll be going to Cuba from there at some point, but will be in CDMX for at least two weeks!

    -Scott

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    1. Alas, it seems that we will not be in CDMX at the same time. I am leaving on April 4th, and I will stay for a month. One of these days our paths will cross!

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  4. Ni modo, as they say. (And also, I have to remember to start calling it CDMX as opposed to el DF.) Safe travels in the meantime!

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    1. Gracias, Scott.
      It is so much easier to say "DF", but I am starting to get used to saying Ciudad de Mexico.

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