Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We have traveled all through Mexico. We've seen the pueblos,
colonial cities, border towns and
Mayan ruins. However, other than going
through the airport to transfer planes, we have not seen the great capitol
of Mexico, Mexico City itself.
Neither of us are big city people to
begin with, preferring large towns or small cities to the metropolitan areas
famous throughout the world. Of course we have visited San Francisco, Miami,
Rome, Paris, New York City, Quito and others, but often we get lost in the concrete,
the congestion of traffic, the jungle of street signs, the emotional
distance of the residents and the red and blue
lines that crisscross a tourist map.
That being said, there's a pulsating
energy to highly populated megalopolis areas like Mexico City.
Gorgeous state-of-the-art buildings
Not far from
hotel in the city's
center is a main artery called La Reforma. Here you will find beautiful
glass skyscrapers and graceful, stately buildings. They are cutting-edge
design and make for a stunning skyline.
Decorative corner building
I'm not versed in architecture so I don't
know what style this corner building represents. It looks European to me,
perhaps a bit Nordic or German.
Fortunately we didn't observe
a lot of
graffiti in the city but here you can see some in the lower right of the
This color of red on walls is very common
in Mexico and Central America. In
Guatemala, it is called "Mayan Red"
because the Mayans love this color, painting many of their historic
buildings this shade in centuries past. I'm not sure what the color is
called in Mexico, as the Aztecs were the native peoples in much of this
Streets in the city of Mexico were
consistently clean and - surprisingly for such a large city - the people were
A bit of Parisian flare
Sidewalk cafes were everywhere as we
walked through the city. This one has a bit of Paris flavor with the ornate
wrought iron, the awnings and the privacy provided by the ficus trees and
Restaurants and cafes are everywhere. We
noticed that during the week, foot traffic was thick, and restaurants and
cafes were full. All the workers from the office buildings were looking for
lunch! But come the weekend, this area was quite vacant.
Decorated cement building with arched
This building was in
great condition and reminded me of many buildings I have seen in the mid-west
from the early 1900s.
All of the areas of the city that we saw
and in beautiful shape.
Skilled florist displays
Just around the corner from our hotel
were several floral shops with beautiful displays.
Notice the little dog in the lower middle
of the photo, and the amazing lilac lily type of flowers in the lower left.
Birds of Paradise, sunflowers, tulips, mums, roses... all the shops had
impressive arrangements and a wide variety of tropical flower choices.
Modern ciclo taxi
crossing we were in a
peddle cab that was a far older version than what you see here. This ciclo
taxi has far more modern lines in its design and I imagine is better for the
body and easier to
Notice how smooth the streets are, not
the cobblestones of the olden days, but rather a newish paver style, less
challenging to walk on and to navigate in a vehicle. The old style cobblestones
wreak havoc on your ankles and hips, and for vehicles, rattling everything loose, from your side mirrors
to your glove box.
A mixture of building styles
As the city grows and moves into the
future, the difference in the styles of the buildings side by side is
obvious. At one point, 3, 4 and 6 floor buildings were the most modern ones
built. But you can see here that the 20 or 30 floor skyscraper in the
background now overtakes these older constructions.
Cell phone entranced!
It's the same all over the world these
days. People are mesmerized by what's going on with their cell phones.
Here you see some construction workers
taking a break and probably checking their email or Facebook pages. A bottle
of sugary, caffeinated soda is on the street between them.
I have gone to stores where young people
employed as grocery baggers have their phones on the shelf in front of them,
beeping, booping and texting as they bag my purchases.
French cooking school
As we walked back to our home
neighborhood, we saw this beautiful outdoor restaurant which was a school
that taught French cooking. We would have loved to eat lunch here, but it
was gated to the public.
Modern malls and shops
Modern architecture was everywhere with
glass, mirror, graceful curves for the sides of buildings being common
clean the walking areas are. There are trash cans readily available, and
there are no broken steps or undulating bricks on the walkways.
More glass and mirror
Avant-garde buildings make for a
beautiful central area in Mexico City.
We noticed a generous mix of greenery all
throughout our city travels, including vertical gardens that help with city
Older building style
Right across the street from the
ultra-modern city center of the previous photo are these buildings showing
an older style of construction. Stone and stucco, thicker walls, arched
windows; a bygone era.
Side by side
Here you see the same older buildings we
just showed you, and they are right next door to more of what appears to be
a revolutionary style of construction. Can you imagine what the people from
that previous time might think if they could see their streets today?
Un Paso Mas - One More Step to start
the year well
We saw bicycles and bicycle stands to
park them "everywhere" in the city. How convenient!
I imagine one can rent the bicycle for
the hour or by the day and what a great way to get around the center of the
By the way, and much to my surprise, the
air in Mexico City was clear and clean. I have seen terrible photos in years
past that have shown thick brown or gray haze and happily, this just wasn't
the case during our visit.
Italian sidewalk cafe
International restaurants of all kinds
lined the streets as we walked around. Decorative wrought iron often
separated one from the other, with potted gardens to add privacy for diners.
Choices in a walking
Different from the
restaurants we saw on side streets these little cafes were for quick eating, not
for dining. Still, the selection was good and these were seemingly popular due
to the affordability.
If one is working in the
neighborhood, this would be a good place to shop. Quick, economical and close
Even though our visit to
Mexico City was brief, only about 4 nights, not only would we would like to
return and see more, we would recommend this city to travelers who - like us -
are not the city type!
For more photos and stories of Mexico,
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are
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