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Finding Frida and lucha libre in Mexico City

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A bright blue wall with a small window, surrounded by potted cacti and plants at La Casa Azul in Mexico City.

by Karlie Marrazzo

The Día de la Constitución long weekend in early February was over and the residents of Mexico City had flooded back into town, filling the streets with traffic and choking the air with smog. Car horns blared incessantly and pedestrians swarmed the sidewalks. In the centre of the city, I emerged from the belly of a muggy metro station and ascended to the top of the Torre Latinoamericano in the thick humidity and gazed out over the megalopolis as far as the smog would allow my eyes to see. I reflected over my first trip to Mexico and anticipated my final experiences in the city, representing two quintessential yet completely different sides of Mexico – lucha libre and the surreal art of Frida Kahlo.

A view over Mexico City from the top of the Torre Latinoamericano. Palacio Bellas Artes is in the foreground beside a green park, while the ccity sprawls behind it.

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