Monday, March 24, 2008


Just a few souls hang out at a usually lively plaza by our neighborhood.

At first there is a sense of relief as hundreds of Chilangos leave the megalopolis for Semana Santa or Holy Week break. No traffic, no pushing and fighting to get a seat on the metro. Suddenly everything becomes tranquilo. But as the week goes on relief turns into a sense of eeriness. Streets that are usually elbow to elbow are abandoned and the 20-million strong capital city just feels strange. But before the eeriness gets bothersome, on Easter Sunday we start seeing some more faces appear. The first signs of life are exciting, "Hey, the corner store is open again!" Despite the crazy and chaotic vibe of Mexico City, it's the masses of residents who breathe life into this rich megalopolis we now call home.

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