The second half of month one in Mexico City went by way too quickly. I had been in a little bit of a funk ever since I got back from Cuba. I was in this state of mind that I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do here, and I was busier than normal with work, so it was hard to be in the constant state of FOMO. Back home I am an extremely independent person so I am also still adjusting being “on” all the time and spending most of my free time surrounded by others and building new relationships. I am still going through periods of self-doubt paired intense moments of fearlessness, but have to keep reminding myself that is expected and the new normal. On top of that, the inauguration left me feeling pretty raw and broken. Even if the world back home is in disarray, I am going to make the most of my time on Remote Year.
First things first, Havana‘s absolutely beautiful. Probably one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve ever seen and like nowhere else I’ve ever been to before. The architecture and colors are mind-boggling, yet it is contrasted with sadness and economic downfall. It is very apparent that the years after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the city, and Cuba in general, have suffered decades of economic deterioration. Havana is real and authentic. Pre-Cold War military squares, 16th-century colonial palaces, 1950’s American cars, and ration shops paint Havana a beautiful city frozen in time.
The first month of the Remote Year experience begins in Mexico City. Mexico City or CDMX is the 5th largest city in the world, only outnumbered by Tokyo, NYC, Sao Paulo, and Seoul. I am living and working in quirky Condesa: one of Mexico City’s coolest hangouts and a neighborhood that is well worth the time to explore during any visit to here. It is filled with leafy streets and loads of Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture.”Condesa” means “countess” and it is named after María Magdalena Dávalos de Bracamontes y Orozco, the Countess of Miravalle, whose lands stretched from what is now Colonia Roma to Tacubaya.
Traveling can be stressful and overwhelming at times. From the long lines to crowded spaces with unfiltered air, it can take a toll on your mental health and overall well-being. It is always best to pack light with items and products that will benefit or enhance your travel experience. When boarding a flight or bus, here are some musts that I can easily throw in my bag for ultimate comfort:
- Burberry: Reversible Merino Wool Cape
- Bach: Bach Rescue Remedy Natural Stress Relief Pastilles Lemon Flavor 1.7 oz
- Caudalie: Caudalie Beauty Elixir – 1 oz
- Dr. Bronner’s: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Lavender Hand Sanitizer – 2 Ounce
- Brookstone: Night Flight Travel Sleep Mask
- Egyptian Magic: Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream | Natural Healing for Skin, Hair, Anti Aging, Stretch Marks, Cellulite, Irritations, and more | 100% Natural Ingredients | 6oz Bundle (Pack of 2)
Note pictured, but equally as important: lots and lots of water!