Thanks Willie. I'm just writing what I see - this place is inspiring in lots of ways.A fitting description for your whole post! It is so refreshing to find a time and place where there are few motorized vehicles (or none) and a relaxing, energizing ride. I always smile when I see someone riding their cycles, even when I am confined to my car.
Thank you once more for sharing your observations and photos. You have truly become a blogging ambassador for CDMX!
I keep thinking about your comment about taking your family to México for a couple of years.
I understand that it was a while ago and things may not be the same, but it would have been a very interesting experience.
I find the kids here to be very open, very smiley and chatty. No evidence of a fear of "stranger danger". If I spent as much time hanging out in parks in NL as I do here, I'd probably be arrested! Here, kids (and their parents) aren't spooked by this stranger.
The parks are full of kids and like the dogs, they all get along with no problems. And amused with such simple things!
A ship must have arrived from China because the last couple of weeks there has been an explosion of "bubble guns" that shoot out millions of bubbles. The fun such a fundamentally simple thing generates is infectious!
I pulled up at a skateboard area recently to watch. Teenagers flying around on skateboards and bmx bikes and not an ounce of any anti-social behaviour. Just kids having fun. Out of about 80 kids, only one, a girl, had any kind of safety gear. In other places they'd need padding from head to toe to take part.
Just tonight, in my local park, after dark, two little sisters, I reckon maybe 6/8 years old, are rollerblading up and down a ramp right beside a basketball/soccer space. A group of teenagers, guys, are having a hectic game of football right beside them. There's no swearing (that I can tell), no negativity, just two very different groups side by side without a problem. Oh, anyone walking up or down the ramp are careful to avoid the girls - no complaints like "you shouldn't be here".
It's different. Good different.
Of course, the flip side is that there are a lot of kids working or selling things. There's a cabin/shop on a lake in the Bosque de Chapultepec with a delightfully friendly woman. Her son, probably about 12, spends his weekend working with her.
If comfortably off, I think there are a lot of positive things that kids could pick up here.