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#AFARMexico: Biking the Megalopolis, Imagining Creative Public Policy

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For AFAR Experiences, AFAR’s immersive travel event, we bring worldly, open-minded travelers to cities all over the world and provide access to people they would otherwise rarely get to meet. We’re in Mexico City for the next four days, and we’ll be writing daily updates pulled from social media posted by AFAR staff and attendees. You’ll see the incredible venues we’re spending time in and hear highlights from our lineup of experts on the arts, culture, politics, and design of this vibrant city. Follow the #AFARMexico hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for all of the excitement. 

Last night’s event at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso began with us sitting in front of the very first mural that Diego Rivera ever painted, and it was a great treat to be guided through it by Rivera expert Susana Pliego Quijano.

Today’s events started with a bike ride guided by BicibusDF along Paseo de la Reforma, the city’s main boulevard.

We worked up an appetite pedaling through Mexico City’s busy streets, so we were ready for brunch at Downtown Mexico‘s Azul Historico.

The majestic Palacio Postal—a working post office, see top—was our next stop. Gabriella Gomez-Mont, the director of a unique government think tank called Laboratorio para la Ciudad, talked about how they are bringing innovative technology and creative thinking to the challenges faced by Mexico City.

An afternoon of breakout sessions followed, and we’ll focus a whole post on those. Tonight, Mexico City residents open up their homes to us for small dinner parties. Much, much more to come!

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