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Published: August 8th 2023
Well all I can say is I made it - the group did not throw me off the bus between Mexico City and Puebla as they all enjoyed Lucha Libra (Mexican wresting) and some of them even bought masks like the wrestlers - so phew on this one.
So we all clamber into the minibus and there is not a lot of leg room to be honest. It felt a bit like Ryan Air and as we made our way to Teotihuacan to see the pyramids I can say the roads getting out of Mexico City leave a lot to be desired and also the suspension on the minibus, well not a lot I can say here. Mexico City has that many sleeping policeman (that’s traffic slowing bumps to anyone who does not know what a sleeping policeman is) that are really quite severe.
After an hour and a half we rock up at Teotihuacan which is a complex of awesome pyramids and it appears is one of the region’s most popular destinations, so the early start was worth it as I could imagine that this place would be over run soon. It appears Teotihuacan
Pyramid de la luna
Pyramid of the moon
was Mexico’s biggest ancient city and the capital of what was probably Mexico’s largest pre-hispanic empire. A lot of restoration has happened and you can tell which bit has been restored with the dots put in place by the archaeologists.
The city’s grid plan was plotted in the early part of the 1st century (so this is where NYC got its idea to build in a grid). There are two great pyramids, the pyramid of the moon and then the pyramid of the sun. The pyramid of the moon is at the north end and has had møre restoration done to it and looks bigger than the pyramid of the sun but apparently it is not as large as the pyramid of the sun due to optical illusion. Between both pyramids is the Avenue of the Dead (Calzada de los Muertos).
After visiting the Pyramids we went to the guide’s house where he gave us some local spirit and tequila. Now by this time I was feeling not good at all, my stomach was in knots - and this is when the diarrhoea started. I cannot understand how I have got this as I
Pyramid del sol
Pyramid of the sun
have been eating everything like everyone else - my only thought could be the chicken I had the day before on the gondolas.
So back on the bus which was not ideal for me to be honest and we make our way to Puebla which was a couple of hours away, so bones a rattling I can tell you and not great when you have diarrhoea. When we get to Puebla we check into the hotel which is quite nice and very central then take an orientation walk of the city centre. It looks like there could be a lot to do here tomorrow.
I decide that I am feeling so rough I will go back to the hotel and sleep it off and Mike and the others go out for some food and drink. Let’s hope when I wake up tomorrow I will feel better - if not off the to the pharmacy I go and then off to the shops for bananas as it appears the best thing to eat when you feel like me is BRAT i.e. Bananas, Rice, Apple sauce and Toast - so this is what I am going
to do as the day after tomorrow we have around 5 hours in the minibus!!!
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