Oaxaca mural

Oaxaca mural

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Crossing Paths

The reservations for my return to Mexico City next week were made quite a while ago.  Now I am sorry that I had not planned my departure for an earlier date.

Irma, who was born in the city of Jalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz, is a very dear friend of mine.  I have known her since my college days when her late husband was one of my Spanish professors.  She still lives here in Ohio, just a few minutes' drive from my house.  She left a little over a week ago for Mexico City.  Unfortunately, by the time I get there, she will have already moved on to Jalapa where she still has family.  It would have been nice to go out for dinner with her down there.

Then, less than two weeks ago, I received an email from Amy, the daughter of one of my former teaching colleagues.  I have known Amy since she was a baby.  She now lives near Washington, D.C., and she takes frequent international business trips.  She wrote to ask if I were in Mexico City because she was going to attend a conference there and hoped that we might be able to get together.  I said that that I wouldn't be there until April, but I told her to let me know if she had any questions. 

She wrote back and said that one afternoon she had three hours free.  She wanted to know what she should see, and wondered it she should go to the Anthropology Museum.  She also wanted to know if I had any restaurant recommendations.  I answered that although the Anthropology Museum is a "must-see" sight, it merits more time, especially since she would be wasting part of those three hours just getting there and returning to her hotel.  Since she is staying downtown, I suggested that she explore the "Centro Histórico" of the city.  I planned out a walking tour for her to take.  I also recommended my favorite restaurant, "Angelopolitano", and told her that it had the best "mole" and "chiles en nogada" in the city.

Last Saturday, while she was on her way to the airport, Amy wrote again and thanked me for the advice.  "You're better than Rick Steves," she said.  "I'm looking forward to my walking tour and to eating 'mole'!"  


  1. Well, the airlines are not nearly as nice, (if that's the word) as they used to be. But you could still call and see if you can fly standby. Unfortunately, the airlines attach some kind of mystical significance to an outbound flight (vs the return) and will probably be extra-grumpy about your request. But give it a try.

    Good luck.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we think the only thing that keeps airlines from being America's most hated industry is that not many people fly often.

    1. Well, it's no longer an issue, since they have already left CDMX.
      I'm hoping later this year to have some friends visit me in CDMX, and I will get to play tour guide.

  2. I hate it when you have friends visiting the same place as you and the connections don't quite jive; usually it's off by about a week, just as you experienced.

    Anyway, have a safe trip down to CDMX.