One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! Today we hit the México City fish market, Mercado La Viga, which is the second largest in the world behind the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. There are hundreds of options sure to satisfy every seafood lover. The market is set up in long rows lined with bins, filled with ice and topped with fish. Half of the space is dedicated to whole sellers while the other half sells direct to lucky people like you and me.
Our visit was focused on finding a whole fish for a family celebration. Marco settled on this 3.5 kilo mahi mahi that he will surely work his magic on tomorrow.
If you're in town, want to see the market, but don't have a place to cook, no worries. Scattered throughout the market and along the parking lot are tons of small kitchens and restaurants with fried and grilled seafood treats for tasting. Traveling to the market is relatively easy. Hop on the metro to the Aculco station on line 8 (5 pesos), leave the station and take a mini bus marked Central de Abastos and ask the driver for Mercado La Viga (5-10 pesos).
Wear shoes that are okay getting wet and enjoy!
While we try to be barefoot or in kigos most of the time, there are moments and occasions that this is not possible. For me (Kristin), the most common is meetings in a corporate environment when I don a pair of heels and mentally prepare myself for discomfort. Living in México City means a variety of commuting options including the bus, metro, bicycle, moped or car. I prefer to bicycle which allows me to avoid traffic and crowded public transportation during rush hour. Commuting in heels is an unbearable thought, so I slip into my kigo balis, hop on my bicycle and enjoy the exercise and view. Arriving at my destination I throw on my heels and stash my balis in my bag. Besides keeping my feet comfortable on my ride and walk through the city streets, kigos also keep me safe and stable with a flat rubber outsole. As any heel wearer knows, it is a welcome relief to slip my balis back on for my commute home. No need to prolong the discomfort! #kigobali #vamoskigo
In addition to the crazy street food culture, México City also has a healthy food truck scene. This past Sunday Dos Trotamundos and their salchichas checked out a Food Truck Bazaar in the Roma neighborhood. 10 trucks and a DJ took over a huge garage for the weekend, dishing up treats for those lucky enough to make the trip. The vendors were friendly, welcoming everyone who strolled by to their windows. If you're in the city, be sure to check Facebook and Twitter for the latest pop-up location. #vamoskigo #kigodrive #kigoleon
We set off for Asia on a bizarre flight plan that took us from México City to Tijuana to México City to Los Cabos to Shanghai to Macau. As you can imagine, this was a very long few days of travel that was made longer by a SUPER COLD overnight stay on the Tijuana airport floor. The initial discomforts were far outweighed by our excitement in watching the sun rise from a China-bound airplane and celebrating our arrival with delicious dumplings in the Shanghai airport. Hopping on our last leg to Macau we were moderately rested, stomachs full and ready to start exploring.
We wandered the city streets for two days, taking in the people, architecture, smells and food. One of our favorite finds was a series of outdoor exercise machines that were repeated throughout the city. The best part is that they weren’t for show. We saw numerous people using them as a part of their workout routines.
Macau was a good city to get our feet wet on our own. After a quick three days…..it’s VAMOS to Singapore!
Huasca de Ocampo is a town in the state of Hidalgo in central México. It is home to the Prismas Basálticos, majestic geometric basalt rock columns that line a ravine with waterfalls tumbling from above. What makes the pillars so spectacular is that each is an enormous hexagonal prism, some of them 150 feet tall and more than four feet wide. They were formed millions of years ago by slow cooling volcanic lava.
| THEY ARE TRULY SPECTACULAR AND WE HAD AN AWESOME DAY EXPLORING THE AREA.
We spent a day exploring Santa Maria, Tecajete, a rural area outside of México City. I sampled pure mountain water using a maguey leaf for a cup and Marco tested the crickets as we wandered through a tract of open farm land.
Let’s start here. We have called this adventure vamos kigo meaning “we go kigo”. It’s not voy kigo, or “I go”. It’s WE. The reason is twofold…
One, this is a (proverbial) bicycle made for two – Kristin and Marco. Newlyweds (as of January 2011), we share a love of adventure travel, new places, new experiences, new foods and new friends. We are young, brave, motivated and savvy travelers. We knew as soon as we were married, we would start our life by exploring the corners of the globe together.