Travel·Posted on Dec 30, 201831 Things I Learned From Living In Mexico City, Mexico, For A MonthIf you don't pack up your bags and book a flight to CDMX, you are seriously missing out.by Arielle CalderonBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Hi! My name is Arielle, and I am currently doing a program called Remote Year. That means I'm working remote while traveling abroad, writing about all the cool places I see in Latin America. Mexico City was the last stop of my four-month itinerary. Here's what I learned! Arielle Calderon P.S. If you want to ask me questions about Remote Year, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Instagram. 1. People often refer to Mexico City as CDMX — which means Ciudad de Mexico. Arielle Calderon And you'll see these signs ALL over the city. 2. Mexico does have earthquakes, and CDMX is not immune to them. The last big one they had was in September 2017. Arielle Calderon But that shouldn't stop you from visiting! Just read up on safety measures. 3. The tap water is NOT drinkable, so please never drink from the sink. Getty And don't worry, restaurants are required by law to serve you clean water. 4. If you're a tourist in Mexico, there's a chance you'll contract Montezuma's Revenge — aka, traveler's diarrhea. Getty A local told me, "When the Spaniards came over in the 1500s, the last Aztec King, Montezuma, felt a bit resentful towards the invaders and supposedly cursed all foreigners for life. His revenge comes in the form of stomach sickness." It doesn't matter how careful you are, how much you avoid street food, etc. It just happens. BUT I still recommend taking some probiotics at least two weeks before visiting. 5. They have motorized scooters around the city, and you can use an app to rent them whenever. Arielle Calderon The most popular ones are Grin and Lime. 6. When you're craving sweets, you MUST get churros from El Moro! Arielle Calderon The ice cream sandwich is my fave. 7. As well as tacos from basically anywhere, but definitely at El Califa. Arielle Calderon The pechuga con queso is 🔥! 8. And if you DO get tacos and see "chapulines" on the menu, those are grasshoppers. Arielle Calderon It's a no for me, but apparently they are salty and crunchy. 9. There are SO many museums in CDMX, but you absolutely cannot miss the Frida Kahlo museum. Arielle Calderon And make sure to buy tickets in advance because the lines can get very long. 10. As well as the Museum of Anthropology. Arielle Calderon It reminded me of The Museum of Natural History + The MET. 11. And while you're there, walk around Chapultepec Park. It's TWICE the size of Central Park in NYC. Arielle Calderon 12. If you're a foodie and willing to break the bank on a fancy dinner, go to Pujol and have the tasting menu. Arielle Calderon Make reservations at least a month in advance, maybe more. It fills up very quickly since it's a Top 50 Restaurant of the World. 13. And for a less-expensive-but-still-good option, try the pizza at Lardo. Arielle Calderon I got a fig, spinach, and parm pizza. It was amazing. 14. If you love dogs, go to Parque Mexico in the mornings. There are pups enrolled in "doggie school" and it is the cutest thing. You can also adopt dogs there on Saturdays. Arielle Calderon 15. And if you REALLY love dogs, go to La Casa del Mestizo and pick up a rescue dog for an hour and walk it to the park. Arielle Calderon I just rang the doorbell, gave them my I.D., and asked for a chill dog. This little guy above is named Spider-Man, and he was so cute. Someone please adopt him! 16. On the weekend, pick up alcohol, Uber to Xochimilco, and ride the trajineras with friends. Arielle Calderon You can ride from one hour to four hours, depending on your preference. Other boats also come by — one that sells food, and one with a mariachi band for entertainment. There's also an island of dolls, and it's very creepy. 17. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a beautiful building, filled with amazing art. Arielle Calderon 18. Like this iconic Diego Rivera painting called Man at the Crossroads... Arielle Calderon This painting was originally slated to be installed in the lobby of Rockefeller Center, but when Rivera included a portrait of Vladimir Lenin and refused to take it down, regardless of requests from Nelson Rockefeller, it was peeled off. 19. ...and this stained-glass curtain made up of more than a million pieces. Arielle Calderon The curtain was made by Tiffany (like, Tiffany's in NYC) in 1912. It's a mosaic of a million crystals composing the landscape of the Valley of Mexico. 20. Make sure to drive out to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, which are believed to have been constructed in 200 AD. Arielle Calderon This is the Pyramid of the Sun. 21. And if you're the daredevil type, take a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the pyramids for an even better view! Arielle Calderon 22. Coffee shops are everywhere, and Cielito is like the Mexico City version of Starbucks. Arielle Calderon And they serve hot drinks with animal crackers! 23. And if you need to work remote, El Pendulo is a great option. It's a library/cafe! Arielle Calderon 24. But if you just want good pastries, go to Panaderia Rosseta. SO EFFING GOOD. Arielle Calderon 25. The produce is also excellent here, and the juices are superb. You can buy one off the street, or head to Ojo de Agua for a giant glass. Arielle Calderon 26. On a Friday night, catch a Lucha Libre match! Arielle Calderon I never in my life thought I would be screaming and laughing at a Lucha Libre match, but here we are. 27. About 45 minutes outside of CDMX is a SNAKE AIRBNB designed by Mexican architect, Javier Senosiain...and it's so freakin' cool. Arielle Calderon The entire compound takes three hours to tour! It has a greenhouse, a cave of minerals, hidden snake head statues, and other cool gems. 28. There's a "magic town" called Tepoztlan, and the locals claim to see alien sightings. It's very charming and small, and the mountains are gorgeous. Arielle Calderon It's a 1.5-hour drive from CDMX. 29. And when you're getting ready to leave Mexico City, stop by La Ciudadela and buy all the souvenirs! It's one of the best craft markets in CDMX. Arielle Calderon 30. Oh, and when you're there, get a tortilla soup. It was MUY DELICIOSA! Arielle Calderon 31. Overall, Mexico City was my FAVORITE place I've lived while on Remote Year and I think everyone should visit at least once. Arielle Calderon As always, safe travels! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF pinterest.com Arielle Calderon is a writer temporarily based in Latin America participating in Remote Year. Read all her Remote Year adventures on BuzzFeed.