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North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City November 3rd 2016

Deze maandag ben ik verhuisd van hostel. Mijn hostel buiten het centrum was toch te eenzaam en dus heb ik er een gevonden binnen het centrum. Dat bleek een goed besluit, want toen ik daar aankwam kwam ik bijna gelijk iemand tegen die me aansprak omdat ik een buitenlander ben. Hij vroeg waar ik vandaan kom en toen ik zei dat ik uit Nederland kom, zei hij dat hij een Engels leraar is voor Mexicanen en dat hij altijd toeristen aanspreekt om zijn studenten te helpen met Engels. Hij had bovendien een boekje waar alle toeristen wat in schrijven als ze een dag met hem en zijn studenten doorbrengen. Daarin stond een Nederlandse tekst en hij vroeg of ik die wilde vertalen. Nadat ik dat voor hem gedaan had, vroeg hij of ik mee wilde op ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City October 30th 2016

Ik ben vergeten om wat te schrijven de afgelopen paar dagen dus zal deze wat langer worden. De avond dat ik aankwam heb ik gelijk een lokaal gerecht geprobeerd. Dat was een bepaalde sandwich met een soort schnitzel, sla, Chipotle chili's, en Mexicaanse kaas. Dat heet een cemita en het was niet heel bijzonder. Het is het eigenlijk ook niet waard om wat over te schrijven was het niet dat het een hoofdrol gaat spelen verderop in deze post. De eerste hele dag die ik hier had ben ik de stad gaan verkennen. Aangezien ik ongeveer 10 kilometer van het centrum zit moest ik daarvoor eerst het openbaar vervoer in de grote stad overleven. De eigenaar van het hostel is een heel aardige man en die heeft mij uitgelegd naar welke straat ik moet lopen en ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City May 23rd 2016

HE SAID... Today we were leaving Mexico City and travelling south east to Puebla. We grabbed our packs from our room in Hotel Metropol, checked out and jumped into a minibus, which took us to Terminal Oriente (TAPO), the bus terminal next to San Lazaro. We walked through the terminal, picked up our tickets, had our hand luggage searched, loaded our packs into the under carriage and settled in our comfortable ATO bus to Puebla. We left Mexico City at 11:30am and arrived at Puebla’s bus station at 1:30pm. We jumped into a taxi and sped towards the city’s historic centre. The taxi trip was eye opening and unexpected, as I didn’t realise Puebla was Mexico’s fourth largest city with a population of four million. The outer suburbs were sprawling, crowded and gritty, and as we ... read more
hotel puebla plaza
mole poblano
catedral de puebla

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City October 8th 2013

Yes, this happened in September, and I am behind. I apologize We left at about a quarter to seven in the morning. In the morning. I was not a happy camper. But I slept most of the way there, so it was alright I guess. It took about 2 ½ hours to get there, and most of the journey was through the mountains, on a two-lane highway, with quite a bit of traffic. Puebla and the small community next to it named Cholula, are well known for having many churches. There is a myth that the area has 365 different churches, one for every day of the year. In reality there are about 90 all totaled. Still quite a few for an area this size. I am sure that there are more bars though. Just like ... read more
At the Church!
Power pose!

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City July 10th 2013

Today was our last day in Tlaxcala! It was a good one, but still very sad. One of the first visits was to the convention center. This center was open to the public; funny thing about the center being 'public' is that it wasn't truly public in the sense that if you looked like you didn't belong -aka a group of white people -the security person would stop you and ask a series of questions. After we were given the run down we were able to walk around the center and check it all out. After some impromptu photo's and learning a little bit about Mexico's health care (can we say cray cray?!) we headed over to see the other side of the center In the 20th century was largely textile factories, as well as storage ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City July 9th 2013

As soon as we were done eating breakfast we headed over to view one of the best murals I have ever seen -not that I have seen a lot in my day -there was 500m2 of painted murals that filled up the entire room, including the walls that surrounded the stairs to the second floor. It was truly incredible. The murals started by depicting the natives and showing a little bit of their culture and how they lived life throughout the years. One of the murals showed 'el arbol de las mil maravillas' which meant 'the tree of a thousand wonders'. This mural was all about how the natives had various uses for the tree, be it for food, medicinal use, clothing, shelter, paper. This 'tree' was actually the maguey (century cactus). Good tips just in ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City July 8th 2013

Running a little late to breakfast we didn't have time to eat breakfast at the hotel's restaurant so we ran to the lobby to make sure we didn't miss the bus. Expecting to have to reenact a cliche scene from a movie -the one where the main character runs after the bus and never actually catches it -it was a surprise to see that everyone was hanging out in the front lobby. In addition to seeing the rest of our group, we also saw some suspicious characters; and by suspicious we mean there was a camera (the kind reporters use) and a couple of people talking with our professor, whom we have never seen before. Upon being told that we still had some time before we were heading out we decided to head out and buy ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City July 7th 2013

The morning brought the bad memories of the night before... To save us of the embarrassment, I will just write 'We sluggishly got ready and headed to breakfast'. I swear the city was punishing us because it was ridiculously bright out, and my friend and I were not ready to face the world. We opted to skip the eggs this morning, for obvious reasons, and stuck to the essentials: bread and coffee (tea for me). If it wasn't awkward enough being the last two to crawl into the restaurant area -and have everyone know why -not even halfway through breakfast the professor came over with her usual bubbly self and asked us how we were doing considering what had happened last night. That's right folks, not only did we drink with our professor the night before ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City July 6th 2013

Having 4 girls share 1 bathroom and expect them to be ready and on time in the morning is like expecting to be able to visit the North Pole on Christmas Eve... impossible. This morning after inhaling breakfast from running a little late we met the rest of the group in the lobby and proceeded with our day! We walked over to the house of the anthropologist that the professor is friends with: she gave us a tour of her lovely home and then gave us a mini lecture about the markets in mexico, how they have evolved and how they were/are used. From there we took the bus to the market and began our shopping! The markets in Mexico (or any country in Latin America for that matter) are the highlights of my trips. There ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Puebla City July 5th 2013

Today started at an early 6 am. We had to pack a weekend bag (one per room aka 2 people) and we had to get the rest of our stuff out of the rooms so that while we were gone other clients could use the rooms. My roommate and I agreed to take the biggest of our 'smallest' suitcases so that we could maximize what we could take while abiding by the rules. Surprisingly enough we managed to cram two girls' worth of stuff for 4 and a half days. Go us! The spiral stairs that add even more charm to the gorgeous hotel turn into the stairs from hell when trying to drag down giant, heavy pieces of luggage. Once the bags were packed onto the mini bus and the extras were locked up in ... read more

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