Marvellous Mexico City

Ten reasons why life in Mexico City is just grand at the moment. Which makes me wonder, why on earth am I moving back to London?!?!

  • Although I did register my Telcel phone with the government, to help their crazy anti crime policy, and although all those details are now somehow on sale at the ‘Thieves Market’ in Tepito, I have nothing to worry about. I didn’t give my details. My wife, on the other hand, has reason to be doubly worried!
  • It’s hot and sunny! It’s been hot and sunny for weeks! The Jacaranda blooms may have gone for the last time, and it is a bit dusty as rainy season has yet to start, but it is hot and sunny! How’s things in England?
  • The turtles have a new pool! Not a new pool to replace the old pool. A new pool to go with the old pool. So the yard has two pools. Paola isn’t so happy about this, but I am. Cleaning is needed less frequently, and I don’t have to break up Bob and Angus from fighting anymore. Nor do I have to watch out for Itchy violating Bob.
  • The World Cup is less than one month away from starting! I have bought two tops – a  Mexico polo top for when I go see Mexico play Chile this Sunday. An England top for when I go to see England v Mexico at a cantina in 10 days time.
  • I nearly bought a sticker for my Panini World Cup album from the mercado. It’s the final sticker in the book, and the lady wanted 100 pesos for it. I ummed and arred. But decided that I couldn’t afford it. I got it in a packet this morning, having paid just five and a half pesos for that and five other stickers. Take that you thieving extortionist mercado lady…..in your face!
  • I’ve done so much blog advertising lately, that I can take a bit of time out from saving up for the return to the UK, and plan instead on my next camera purchase. I checked my various accounts this morning, and (including the sale of my near new Panasonic FZ35) I can just about afford the Fuji HS10 I have been lusting after for a few months!
  • I had decided to plant some vegetable seeds in the little strip of mud that runs alongside my home next to an alley. But when I got to Wal Mart, I realised I hadn’t brought enough money with me and could afford only three packets. Not the five I had planned to buy. As I was giving the seeds shelf a morose look, a sales agent came up to me, handed me a promotional leaflet for some seed company or other, and two packets of seeds for free. Result!
  • Our water supply has not gone off for more than an hour for months. This might seem like a small deal to you First Worlders. But when you’ve used to (in a sarcastic way – you never really get used to it) having your tap water going off for sometimes days at a time, this is good news indeed!
  • The electricity bill arrived this morning. I checked the ‘Pay Before’ date. You have to pay at a bank before the Pay Before date, otherwise you’re screwed. Then you can’t pay at the bank, and since they closed the old electricity company down, there’s nowhere I know of to go and pay it. And the last bill was delivered after the Pay Before date. I know. Dumb. But it happens. More often than I’d like. Today’s bill? The Pay Before date is next week sometime. Woohoo!
  • Did I mention that the World Cup begins in less than a month? To say I’m excited is something of an understatement!


6 thoughts on “Marvellous Mexico City

  1. Margaret S. says:

    No problem about the power bill. My last bill never arrived and when I finally realized it, it was over a month overdue. If you’re overdue, you can just phone the CFE and ask for the amount and a línea de captura corresponding to your account. At the bank, they will receive the payment if you give them the línea de captura.


    • I haven’t paid the phone bill, so that’s cut off……Miserable Mexico City post is coming soon!

      I imagined there was a way to do it, but I’m far too lazy to investigate!


  2. Kim G says:

    This post is hysterical! LOL!

    See? You should just stay there. Forget about chilly, damp, and super-expensive London.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we are thrilled that all our utilities are automatically paid electronically. Except, of course, the water company where Bob Cratchet insists on manually processing a cheque with a quill pen. Most inconvenient! And for that, they’re lucky if I get around to paying them quarterly.


    • I was beginning to wonder where you’d gone Kim!

      I’ve decided SWMBO should be trebley worried. Once that her details are registered to her phone. Twice that her details are registered to my phone. Thrice that in the event of a kidnapping…..well, I might find I enjoy the peace and quiet. I might get to thinking that one day more might not hurt….


      Crosses fingers that the above comment doesn’t tempt fate and make me feel guilty!


  3. The electric commission has a huge office on Reforma. I don´t have the specific address. That´s where you can go to pay. Last time my wife and I were in the Big City, late December, we tried to go there and pay a few months in advance as we do with other services, but the pinche people from the old Power and Light (Light and Power?) had barricaded the entrance, so we could not accomplish our mission.

    I´m hoping the pedejos have tired of blocking the entrance by now so that we can get in on our next visit. If you find the place open now, please advise. Gracias.


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