Visiting La Merced in Mexico City

One of my favorite things about living in Mexico City is the territorial diversity. From the heart of the city stretching to the outlying suburbs,  there are an assortment of lifestyles,  history, scenery and then some. No matter how much time you spend here – no matter what you think you’ve seen – Mexico always surprises you.  In an effort to get to know my new surroundings, I  made it a goal to visit all 21 of the Barrios Mágicos (Magical Neighborhoods) of Mexico City. There are some that I visit frequently, like Roma-Condesa and Cuajimalpa; and others that I had never heard of, like Mixquic, that are just a delight to explore.  In this adventure, I marked off my tenth magic barrio, La Merced.

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Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Altar

Wanting to make a Day of the Dead altar? Check out my first ofrenda and helpful links. If you live in Mexico City, Mercado Sonora is a great place to go for Dia de los Muertos supplies. 


Since I can remember, Halloween has always been my fav holiday. In the past decade or so, Mexico (more cities than others) has adopted and incorporated Halloween into their calendars and picked up on the goulish, scary USAmerican traditions of pumpkins and trick-or-treating  Unfortunately, as the years develop, so does Halloween’s influence on Mexico which has resulted in less emphasis on the folklore of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). So, in order to embrace the true Mexican lifestyle and traditions, I decided to create my first ofrenda and Day of the Dead altar.

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