The nearby capital city

WHEN I MOVED to Mexico 19 years ago next month, this is the city in which I initially lived — above a garage.

Unlike most folks who relocate below the Rio Bravo, I did almost no research beforehand. What investigating I did was almost entirely hunting online for a language school that was not too far from Mexico City.

I had a girlfriend of sorts in Mexico City but, not being a masochist, I did not want to live in the chaotic national capital.

Here is the language school I found. If I had decided on a different language school, I would have moved to a different city, and everything that’s happened since would have happened differently.

I stayed in the capital city for just eight months before moving to my mountaintop town of about 80,000 souls that’s located 50 kilometers to the southwest up a modern, four-lane highway.

Having the big city nearby makes living in my hardscrabble backwater considerably more bearable. We drive down there once a week for shopping, a good meal and the occasional odds & ends.

Our dentist is there, and our internist too.

My child bride did post-graduate study in Madrid in the mid-1990s. She often would get irritated at Spaniards who believed Mexico consisted entirely of dirt roads and burros.

As you can see from this video I found yesterday on YouTube, we are far from being just dirt roads and burros. We do have dirt roads and burros, but we are much more than that.

In many respects, living here is better than living above the Rio Bravo.

7 thoughts on “The nearby capital city

  1. A fine example of what drones are really good for, señor. Gives a nice portrait of your capital city.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have never been there, but it’s on my to-do list.


    1. Ricardo: It’s an up-and-coming place that is not on the tourist radar for non-Mexicans. It’s also improved markedly since I moved to this area. Before coming to Mexico, I read somewhere that Morelia was to Mexico what Topeka or Des Moines was to the United States, and it was not said in a favorable way. It was considered boring in spite of its Colonial downtown. Part of the problem back then was that sidewalk vendors had been permitted to take over the heart of the city to a scandalous degree. Virtually every inch of downtown sidewalk was covered with vendors selling stuff. You could hardly even see the spectacular architecture at all. It was absurd. Then about five or so years after I moved here, the government decided to finally do something about it, and they were all cleared out. It was a remarkable transformation.


    1. Creigh: We do have burros and dirt roads. But we also have modernity, and that’s the point. We have just about everything a sentient being would want. I sometimes hear a braying burro at dawn, and dirt roads are just a few blocks away.

      It just don’t get much bettah than this.


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