Acapulco en la Azotea


It is official. Mexico is a surreal country.

This month, my fellow chilangos were able to enjoy the wonders of the beach (sun, sand and water included) without having to leave home.

Inspired by a growing trend in the European capitals, the mayor of Mexico City this month inaugurated four urban beaches, complete with sand imported from Veracruz, inflatable pools and carts selling “fresh” seafood. Landlocked Mexico City residents rapidly crowed the beaches, some installed by the side of noisy roads, enjoying what most will never be able to afford in the real world.

The media, of course, has looked at the whole thing with humor. A recent front-page story on El Universal Gráfico illustrated a story about the urban beaches with a photo composition showing divers jumping off the Monumento a la Revolución and into the ocean.

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