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Lazy rivers

Artist Blog by Baptiste Penetticobra

Mexico City smells like stagnant water. It’s not a bad smell as one might think. There’s no judgment on my part on the smell of Mexico City. The typical American (US) airport has a very distinctive smell and sound because of how the floor is covered in plush carpeting. In Mexico, the floor is tiled. It’s the smell of an old mop and humid tiles that greet you when you get off the plane. During the summer (and rainy season), a tropical storm usually starts around 4-5 p.m. every day and gets the whole conurbation flooded. As the ground cannot take in all the rain, streets become rivers, gutters, and waterparks. Then, the smell of sewage (and stagnant water) wafts through the air. The next morning, it was as if nothing had happened. Inca doves walk around the sun-beat pavement.

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