Mexico City is gigante – around 25 million people live in the broad valley that makes up the capital. My meetings and my hotel were out on the western edge of town, in a relatively new area called Santa Fe. You could look out from the window into a ravine that ran below the hotel:
I had a ton of work to do in order to get ready for my meetings, so I spent a lot of Monday in the hotel room, getting ready. On the “When in Rome” principle, I had some chilaquiles for breakfast – chicken over a bed of tortilla chips in green chile sauce, with refried beans on the side. Delicious.
Late in the day, I went over to a nearby shopping mall to knock out some souvenir shopping for Chels and the kids. The mall would not have been out of place in the Philly suburbs, and even featured many of the shops and restaurants you would see here, such as Rainforest Cafe and TGI Fridays. As I mentioned, security was intense everywhere – there are two armed police stationed at every entrance to the mall:
The view from the hotel room late at night was beautiful – like Chicago and Los Angeles, Mexico City appears to stretch into the distance forever:
And then at sunrise, the view out to the mountains was capitvating:
My meetings at one point took me into the center of Mexico City, from which we could look back out at the hills of Santa Fe and its surrounding neighborhoods:
There were, of course, many similarities between office space in Mexico and the offices we use back home. Corporate conference rooms are just about identical anywhere. But the rest of the building around us was colorful, whimsical, and clearly influenced by local architecture:
I was also delighted to see that we were in a very trendy part of town – the office building in which I did most of my meetings also houses most of the Mexican subsidiaries of American movie companies, including Disney and Sony:
So I was running with a glamorous crowd… but would you expect any less?
Tomorrow: The City of the Gods, and Our Lady of Guadalupe.