For tipping in restaurants: the tip is not included in the price of dishes make sure you tip them the 10% of the total account.
To greet people: Say Gracias! Muy bueno!
Talk to people, we love to talk!
One thing that I noticed and then my sister also mentioned was that the people here show so much affection to eachother. Couples holding hands hugging and kissing on the street was very common. Alot of touchy feely, not in a disrespectful way, but in a very nice very affectionate manner.
I probably saw more affection here than at any other place I have ever visited. I was staying in the Zona Rosa neighborhood which I later found out was a high homosexual area. Nothing wrong with that But it was the same thing here.
It didnt make us feel uncomfortable rather it made me kinda miss my honey. :)
I guess next time I will have to bring him.
The day of the dead has some special dishes that go along with it. Here is some basic information
Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de muertos) - decorated dough that look like human bones.
calabaza en tacha, cooked squash sweetened with cinnamon and brown sugar
Not the best tasting treat but how fun!!!! Next year I am going to have day of the dead baking day and I'll definitely be making these with friends (think the sugar eggs we make in the US for Easter)
This is a great video on how to make the sugar skulls for the day of the dead celebration...note this is a multi-part series. Basically its sugar, marang
Do like the locals do and enjoy some good street food, especially the awesome tacos. It is always a gamble to eat street food, but if you go to one that is relatively crowded, that is a good bet. My favorite taco stand was near the Alameda, across the street from the movie theater. They have the best Al Pastor Tacos, generous portions of veggies, and a great staff.
The Judas burning is a tradition whose origins can be traced in the colony.
It is believed that this celebration comes from the valencian "Fallas", a festivitie organized in this spanish city in saint Joseph day. The tradition was brought to Mexico by the priests dedicated to evangelize natives.
On holy saturday a cardboard devil (within 3 to 15 meters hight) is hunged in public squares and curchs atriums and burned (according to the tradition to punish Judas for betraying Christ)
In XVII century gobernors figures were burned along the devils, a tradition that has survived despite many attempts to forbid it. While the Judas burns a band plays music and some people dances disguised as demons.
This celebration is dissapearing in Mexico City, though it remains popular in other states of my country and some cultural institutions are trying to recover it. La Merced and Cuajimalpa (where the devil is made of clothes) are the most famous burnings, i`ve also seen it behind the cathedral.
If you go to a burning keep a safe distance with the devil, the figure has some gunpowder so it explodes. accidents are not ussual but is better not to take the risk.
Carry a rucksack. Everyone else does. Wear long trousers and closed in shoes. For some unknown (to me at least) reason, every time I wore sandals/flip flops, everyone (both male and female) openly stared at my toes! Whats up with that?!
Poverty is present everywhere downtown.
One trick some have is they will peel and slice a mango and deliver it to you on a stick right there on the spot on the corner of the street.
Less annoying than begging and delicious too.
As well as Agua, Juices and icecreams, you can find also Paletas de Agua (water) or Crema (cream) made of fruits and other different flavors.
Lemon, Rompope, Frambuesa are some of the famous flavors
Honestly the best and definitely the cheapest food in Mexico City I had in local markets. My favourite is the Xochimilco one where I had the best consome and tacos dorados with lamb meat.
Museums on Bosque Chapultepec are free on Sundays for Mexicans. Expect long lines such as these outside the museum of anthropology
The anthropological Museum of Mexico city is in general regarded as one of the most interesting of the whole word.
A trip to Mexico City would not be complete without the sounds of mariachi in the backgorund.
The mariachi band traditionally plays at the end of a wedding celebration.
Then take a walk down Mexico City's grand Reforma blvd, and enjoy the different mod cactus sculptures lining its sidewalks. Very cool stuff.
Every day for a week in September, a parade
of local people climb from the city's
main church to a chapel at the top of a nearby mountain, Cerro de la Bufa, in honor of the
patron saint of the town.
Mexican are very religios people, so if you go to the 'Basilica de Guadalupe' and they have Mass inside, please be quite.