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It was only supposed to be a two-day trip to Mexico City, but somehow my work got in the way and I ended up staying for seven straight days. Despite the fact that I was alone in a strange city, I had a great time exploring the different neighborhoods and experiencing all the different food options.

Arrival in Mexico City

It was Friday night and I was in Mexico City, ready to begin my lonely week. I had a connecting flight from Houston and then a few hours later, I would take a taxi to my hotel.

I arrived at the airport early and there were already quite a few people waiting for their connections. After about an hour, my flight arrived. As I got off the plane, I felt a bit of relief that this part of my journey was over.

The next part of my journey was much more challenging. I had to find my way to the airport shuttle bus stop and then wait for it to take me to the city center. It was about a 30-minute ride, but it felt like an eternity because I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing.

Once I finally arrived at the city center, it was very dark and there weren’t many signs pointing in the right direction. After wandering around for about an hour, I found the hotel that I booked through Airbnb.

Even though it was late by Mexican standards, I decided to go out for dinner anyway. The first place that I walked into turned out to be a bar,

Packing for my trip

Packing suitcase for trip

Packing suitcase for trip

I was really excited to go on this trip, but now that I’m actually here, I’m feeling a little bit lonely. It’s not that Mexico City is a bad place – it’s just that there are so many people and so much noise. I guess I just need to get used to the city.

One thing that has been helpful is downloading the SnapMap app. This app lets you find places of interest nearby, so now I know where to go for dinner or drinks. Plus, it’s fun to see all of the Street View images of the city.

So far, my favorite place has been the National Palace. It’s quite large and has a lot of beautiful murals and sculptures. I also enjoyed going to the Zocalo (the main square) and looking at the architecture. And of course, who doesn’t love a good shopping spree?

Orientation and getting settled in

I was really excited to start my trip to Mexico City, but the reality of the situation quickly set in. I had no idea where to go, what to do, or where to find food. I was completely lost and felt like a complete idiot. Thankfully, my blog section followers were more than willing to help me out. They sent me articles about getting around, restaurant recommendations, and even gave me their contact information so that I could get started with emailing tour companies directly. Within a few days of being in Mexico City, I felt more comfortable and was able to start exploring on my own. If you’re feeling lost during your trip to Mexico City, be sure to reach out to your blog followers for help!

My Week in Mexico City

Mexico City Aerial View

Mexico City Aerial View

My Lonely Week in Mexico City

I had the pleasure of spending a week in Mexico City this past January. The city is huge and so full of life that it was hard to find time to just wander around and take it all in. I tried to divide my time between the historical center and some of the more popular tourist destinations, but I inevitably ended up feeling like I was missing out on a lot. Here are five things I learned while I was there.

After spending a month traveling through different parts of Mexico, I can say without a doubt that this country is full of beauty and culture. However, one thing I didn’t expect was how lonely it would be. The city can be hectic and overwhelming, especially when you are trying to get your bearings after traveling for so long. In order to combat the loneliness I felt while in Mexico City, I made sure to explore as much as possible and make new friends along the way. While it wasn’t easy, it was definitely worth it in the end!