Friday, May 1, 2009

Ciudad de México


I love this picture. It comes from the Flickr photo stream of Eneas, showing that life carries on in a surreal way in Mexico's capital city.

I can't quite put my finger on what I like so much about this picture. I just really do. It is strange wonderful sci-fi-esque. If I were to make a film about some far-but-near dystopia, it would start with this shot and we would follow the girl through her day.

Mexico City has long held some sort of strange draw for me. Who knows anything about Mexico City? It's ginormous, with 20 million people living in its metro area, but what do we ever hear about it? Usually it's only bad things -- it is woefully polluted, crime is rampant, corruption is farcically out of control, its infrastructure is crumbling, it doesn't have enough water (clean or otherwise), it's hot, it's prone to earthquakes and most of its citizens are dismally poor -- but something about it draws me.

In the late 1990s, when I was studying Spanish in Nowhere, Minnesota, there was a picture of UNAM's central library in my text book. Something about how ugly-pretty that building is stuck with me. I dogeared the page and would go back to it. For a very long time I would daydream about improving my Spanish enough that I could go and attend university in Mexico City.

But learning another language and then moving to another country to attend university there? Who does that?

3 comments:

Sara said...

If you did that and then wrote books in Spanish at least I'd have a shot at reading them!

As would hundreds of millions of people.

But Welsh is rare and has cachet. And you seem to have more of a knack for it than Spanish. And I believe you prefer Guinness to tequila. So there you go!

Dani said...

She does look very pretty, sitting there just so...going about her daily routine amid a pandemic. She would look even cooler with some surgical mask coture: modern print fabric with a custom fit. Some vintage buttons as accents. I sense a whole new market on the horizon. Hmmm...I might have to get in on that.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Mexico City, at an altitude of 8.100 feet or so, is not hot; the typical daily high and low temperatures are roughly 75 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.