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Day of the Dead in Mexico City | One for the Road

Day of the Dead in Mexico City | One for the Road

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Julie heads to Mexico City for its annual Dia de los Muertos festivities. While there, she explores the city and takes in authentic cuisine.

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- [Julie] I just have to go into my happy place. And just go beyond the worms. - [Julie] Hey, I'm Julie. I'm an actress, professional goofball, and creator of the show Feeling Peckish. Action. Thanks, Julie. I'm headed to Mexico, traveling solo for the first time with the hopes of conquering some of my biggest fears. Nope, nope, nope. What did I get myself into? Hola, Mexico City. If I had to describe Mexico City in one word, it would be intimidating. Now, this is a city the greater population is 21 million people. I have never been here before, I do not speak Spanish, and here we are. I am here for the one of the biggest celebrations of the year. It's Day of the Dead. First cool thing I've stumbled upon, and I've literally been walking for five minutes. There's all these statues along this road downtown in Mexico City. They're supposed to scare away evil or bad spirits during the Day of the Dead festivities. Are you wearing Kylie's new lip kit? And if so, what is your review? Chuchimilco. Suchmilco? It doesn't matter. I mean, it does matter. My Spanish is terrible. This is what I've heard is one of the oldest parts of Mexico City. And it's where we're going to start our journey today. I'm on a boat. We just got our drinks for the trip. So these boats that we're currently on are in canals of old, old Mexico City like old Aztec scene. This is what all of Mexico City used to be. And you go on this adventure on a boat. People come up to the boat. They'll sell you food and drinks, or music, or party, I don't know. All of it. Okay, this is my new friend, Martin. He's the one who's guiding me through the journey of Mexico City and learning all about Day of the Dead. And we've taken a minor break off the boat, to come to where? Where is this? - We're getting to the Mercado de Xochimilco, where the groceries, and the food market is. - Ooh, okay, let's do it. - You want to use? - And it's big time Day of the Dead festivities right now, they've closed down all the roads, huge markets, tons of food. Mexico City, you are a wild beast, and I went in and I tried to tame you. The young, naive Torontonian from cold Canada coming in, I tried to say I own this, this is my ish. But tomorrow, tomorrow I will not tame her, I will join her. It's gonna get wild. Good morning! So I was thinking a lot on yesterday. I thought today, today I'm gonna start big and just go bigger. So remember how I'm scared of heights? Guess where we are? So I was up there, and now I'm down here. So down here, these are all what's called an ofrenda, and from what I understand, from what Martin has told me, is that they are like shrines, they're like altars almost that you set up for passed loved ones, and each altar has like, different drinks and food and things that your loved one who is now deceased would have enjoyed, and it give them the opportunity to come back and you celebrate them and you celebrate their life and you tell stories and you remember, and it's kind of this joyous way of dealing with death. It's really cool. Okay, Martin, so I did the heights today. I did the crazy markets yesterday, I think I'm getting the feel for it, so what other challenge do you have for me? - Okay, let's go try pre-Hispanic food, see if you like it. We are in Restaurante Lonchon, specialized in pre-Hispanic food, so let's start with a taco of mosquito egg. - Okay! - Okay? Okay. - Do I have to take that much? - It is nice. It's a really mild flavor, no? - Oh, uh, I just had one pop in my mouth. Okay. What's next? - Let's try the ants larva. Okay. - Ant larvae. Oh you, you get a hearty helping, hey? I was just gonna take it a little, well. - These I could have every day. - Oh. This is really good. - It is so good. Maggae worms. - Yeah, thank you. I just have to go into my happy place. And just go beyond the worms, you know? - Which one is the winner? - Definitely the ant larvae are the winner. That is delicious. Hey, I'm not so bad, huh? What was your expectation? Did you think I would, you think I could do it, or were your worried? - No, now, I'm totally convinced that you're ready to be Mexican. - That's what I want to hear.

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