Mexico City Mission Trip Part 2: The Arrival
After moving in, we made our way to a local coffee shop via the metro (Mexico City's subway system) to meet the rest of the Enfoque group for a city/culture briefing. Basically a lesson in how: what to say, what not to do, and how to stay alive on our trip. After our chat we headed off to explore the city and journey to the top of the Latin American Tower (Their equivalent to our Empire States Building)
I've ridden in metro like systems before but never like the one in Mexico City. You literally had to fight and plow your way into a subway car our you'd be left behind. Some folks would stay just outside the car until the doors were about to shut then jump in knowing that there would be no way they could be pushed back out. During rush hour (5pm-8pm) women and kids had to ride separate train cars from the men so they wouldn't be "touched" in such tight quarters. The metro rides were my least favorite part of the trip. I need my personal space.
Mexico City is the 2nd largest city in the world at 28 million people. To put it in some kind of perspective, imagine a city with over 3 times has many people as NY City or over three times the population of the entire state of NC. You never really grasp the sheer size of the city until you are on top of the Latin American Tower.
After the city and tower tour we ate at a place that is owned by the richest man in Mexico. The food was ok but it was no Don Juan's. (My favorite Mexican place in Kernersville)
After dinner we headed back to the Casa Gonzalez and finally got in bed around midnight. As I laid in bed and tried to fall asleep, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with the task in front of us. The different culture, different language, and massive city all made for what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles not to mention the fact that the next day we would be heading to Tepito, the most dangerous part of Mexico City. What had I gotten our mission team into.