Museo de Arte Popular – A Delightful Escape on a Rainy Day
It was our third visit to the metropolis of Mexico City and we were looking forward to returning. Since leaving San Miguel de Allende and heading up to San Luis Potosi, we had experienced nothing but rain for the last ten days. We were hoping for some sunshine in Mexico City. Unfortunately, this was not to be. We were greeted by more rain and chilly weather.
To escape the gloom, we headed to Museo de Arte Popular. It certainly proved to be an antidote to the inclement weather. Indeed, it was probably the most vibrant and colourful museum we had ever experienced. A contemporary space spread out over several floors, it was full of Mexican folk art and was an absolute delight to explore.
The Corona Capital Music Festival
On Sunday we went to Corona Capital Music Festival. The event was held in the south of Mexico City at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Formula 1 racing track. We had purchased VIP tickets prior to leaving the UK and were intrigued to find out what the benefits were going to be!
Entering the festival site was an experience. As a matter of fact, it took a good thirty-minute walk from when we entered the ground to the ticket gates. Security was tight, as stringent as an airport. We then had to walk through a battalion of police, six or seven deep, all wearing full riot gear!
We saw some great artists including Gin Wigmore, Band of Horses, Courtney Barnett, Richard Ashcroft, Tegan and Sara, The Struts, Wild Beasts, Pet Shop Boys and the Killers!
Our VIP tickets entitled us to private enclosures from which we had a great view of the stage. Additionally, we had access to private bars, gourmet food and rather upmarket toilets! In the evening, it got really cold and we also made use of the heaters in the bars!
Luche Libre – A Rollicking Evening!
The following day, we took the metro to the slightly edgy neighbourhood of Balderas to catch some Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling. Outside, stalls were selling wrestling masks and various souvenirs. We managed to get tickets in the third row and settled in. It was a fabulously entertaining evening, especially when one of the wrestlers got thrown out of the ring and landed next to T!
Furthermore, we were lucky enough to see Super Mistico in action, probably the most popular wrestler in Mexico. The crowd were shouting for their favourites and it got pretty rowdy. Throughout the matches, vendors circulated selling beer, popcorn and nachos. There was an incredible atmosphere and even if it’s not usually your kind of thing, it’s an experience not to be missed if you ever find yourself in Mexico City!