Thank you for submitting your deposit to save your spot for Transforming Trauma Through Food & Body Stories, Well Now Learning Circle with Lucy Aphramor.
It will be a joy to engage together in this exploration and (un)learning process to advance health justice and equitable, body-inclusive care.
Your remaining balance is due by September 27, and you can submit partial payments prior to that date. This remaining balance is to be paid via direct deposit to a Bank of America account. You can send it via Zelle trough email@example.com (first letter is a lowercase L) or via wire transfer (full account information will be provided upon request).
If you’ve attended NEDIC and have registered up to May 31st, the special offer will be applied towards your remaining balance.
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I’ll be offline during the period of May 25 – June 19. If you have submitted your deposit during these dates, I very much appreciate your patience while I get back to you.
Further information re transport and accommodation
Flights and travel dates
Mexico City airport is a busy and well connected hub served by many direct flights from different cities in the US and Canada. We will start the training early on Monday morning (Oct 28th), so you will need to fly in on Sunday. You may wish to come an extra day early to see some sights and adjust to the altitude (we are 2,250 m / 7,382 ft above sea level). We complete the training on Nov 1st at 1 pm, and I highly recommend staying for Day of the Dead celebrations (Nov 1-2). It is a once in a lifetime experience that has something for everyone, and we in fact scheduled the training deliberately around these dates so that you could get to experience this. You can of course schedule a few extra days prior to or after the traning to enjoy the many experiences that Mexico City and its surroundings have to offer. I’ll be happy to offer suggestions.
Transport from and to the airport
To get from the airport to your accommodations, there are two main ways:
1) Authorized taxis: buy a ticket at an airport kiosk, where you will receive directions. My preferred taxi company is Sitio 300, but they are all fine and safe. Costs are around US$15 to the suggested neighborhoods for accommodation (see below).
2) Uber/Didi. In all frankness, if you are not familiar with Mexico City airport or super adventurous, this would not be my first choice. It is a hectic airport with a super busy arrivals area in both terminals, and unlike in other cities, there is not a designated lane / pickup spot for Uber/Didi. Drivers seldomly speak English and it can be really frustrating to be tracking down your driver. Even as a local I rarely opt for this choice. That said, my partner and some friends visiting from abroad prefer it because of the cost difference (fare is around US$10 to suggested neighborhoods for accommodation, see below).
To go to the airport at the end of your time in Mexico City, Uber/Didi is the best choice.
For the duration of the training, my suggestions are…
San Ángel: a beautiful, colonial, traditional neighborhood with cobbled streets to meander around. The neighborhood is both residential and with plenty of spots for savoring the wonderful Mexican cuisine (from local markets to upscale restaurants), enjoying the local culture and buying arts & crafts. Highly walkable and safe. It is a 15 min Uber drive (US$3-5) to the training venue.
Las Águilas/Alpes: the neighborhood where the venue is located. It is a mainly residential neighborhood, not a lot of sights and limited places for dining, but if you prefer to stay at a location where you can walk to the training, this is a good choice. Mostly quiet (for Mexico City standards) and safe to walk. Short Uber drive to San Ángel if you wish to explore.
San José Insurgentes: a residential neighborhood a 10-15 min Uber drive from the venue.
If you are planning a longer stay prior to or after the training, to explore Mexico City, here are my suggestions:
Roma/Condesa: lovely and lively walkable neighborhoods filled with cafes, restaurants, bars, bakeries, parks, and trendy spots. Well connected to public transport and close to the museum quarter and downtown. Lots of expats, tourists and hipsters.
Polanco: beautiful, posh neighborhood, also highly walkable. Plenty of upscale restaurants and bars. Also close to the museum quarter and downtown. Not as well connected to public transport.
Coyoacán: delightful colonial and traditional neighborhood, mostly hipster free (in case hipsters are not your thing). It is home to the Frida Kahlo museum and one of the city’s most famous markets, and hosts local restaurants and bars with a more traditional Mexican touch. Beautiful cobbled streets to walk around and explore.
I am so looking forward to meeting and spending time together!