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North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala May 1st 2014

May 1st is Labor Day in Mexico so it gave us the perfect excuse to escape and do a little exploring of our own. We've lived here almost 4 months now and we've done more exploring in other states than we have our own. It seems easier to plan a weekend trip than a one day outing. When everyone mentioned yesterday that today was a holiday, I decided to take advantage of it and drag them to some local ruins about 30-45 minutes away. My nieces decided to join us today while my SIL and nephew stayed home to mind the house and store. I wasn't exactly sure how to get to Cacaxtlabut I've seen some signs on the Santa Ana-Puebla highway so I just started driving in the direction of Tlaxcala and hoping the signs ... read more
Climbing the stairs to the top
Cacaxtla Wall art
Mural de la Batalla

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » Huamantla March 25th 2011

Anfang Februar waren wir vor der Orizaba (Citlaltepetl)-Besteigung schon einmal im „Trainingslager“ am Malinche gewesen. Zwei Besteigungen mit 1.380 Höhenmetern hatten uns damals eine prima Vorbereitung für den Orizaba garantiert. Wieso also nicht auch jetzt, mit dem Ziel, danach die Izta zu erklimmen? Unser erster „ Akklimatisationsversuch“ war am Dienstag, 22.3.. Wir sind die Straßenstrecke gemütlich mit einem Mexikaner marschiert, der seinen Autoschlüssel unterwegs verloren hatte und nun nochmals auf Suche war. Angeregt unterhielten wir uns mit ihm und verabschiedeten uns an der Wegkreuzung zum eigentlichen Gipfelanstieg. Als wir nachmittags wieder am Eingang des Ferienparks ankamen, konnte er uns erfreut mitteilen, dass das gute Stück gefunden wurde. Dann trafen wir auf eine Freizeitgruppe mit Jugendlichen, die sich an dem steilen Aufstieg ordentlich schwer taten. Erfreut versuchten... read more
2 Den Steilhang hinauf
3 Blick hinunter
3 Nun über Steinblöcke

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » San Antonio » Acuamanala January 31st 2011

This trip is never as simple as getting onto an airplane and flying to my destination. It generally looks more like this... 7:30am CST Wake up and pack up the last minute items 9:00am CST Load up the Explorer and head towards Puebla. Stop at the OXXO on the highway and buy a couple bottles of tequila (José's not going to be happy I didn't find the Don Ramon this trip). 9:20am CST Stop in la Zona de Talavera and purchase four pieces to take home for my mother's birthday in April. 10:00am CST Arrive at the CAPU bus station in Puebla, purchase tickets for the 11am departure on the Aeropuerto Expresso to Mexico City. Sit around the bus stop and munch on snacks while waiting patiently. 11:00am CST I am in luck, the bus offers ... read more
Talavera Plate
Talavera Jar (medium)
Talavera Jar (small)

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » San Antonio » Acuamanala January 29th 2011

After all the issues with scheduling yesterday, I just wasn't feeling it today. Then I get a text message this morning that the mother organizing the event had a "family emergency" and wouldn't be able to make it after all. I know that Mexico moves on a different time but this is the last time that I do anything for someone else. Now I'm stuck with a bunch of expensive clothes on my hands that I'm not sure we'll be able to sell in our own store. Yes, I'm quite aware of the adage "don't count your chickens before they hatch" but geez! A complete waste of a day in my book. I could have packed up the family and headed off to the beach for the day or gone into Mexico City to visit the ... read more
The Laundromat
Sick Baby

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » Santa Ana January 28th 2011

Half of this quick trip down to Mexico was to link up with the parents and teachers at the School of the Americas in Puebla. The rich snooty parents were excited about buying American clothes and specifically requested the expensive brands like American Eagle and Gap. Of course, I aim to please so I went shopping and brought a huge variety of clothes for them to select from. I got an email from my friend that the mother organizing the event wanted to reschedule for Monday because Friday was their payday and the teachers didn't get paid until Monday either. What person organizes a shopping event and doesn't know when their payday is going to fall? I asked her to tell the mother that it was this weekend or never. After much back and forth, it ... read more
Pan Dulce y Te de Canela
New Boots and Socks

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » San Antonio » Acuamanala January 27th 2011

The family went about their business of school and work and left Mia and I to sleep in as usual. With a two hour time difference and only staying here for 5 days, I see no point in waking up early and then having to adjust all over again. Ok, maybe I slept in later than I normally do but I did spend 20+ hours traveling yesterday and my body is feeling it today. Isabel and Severo returned with Fernanda just after the noon hour. The kids were pulled out of school early today in order to get cleaned up and ready for the ceremony. I went through my suitcases of treasure and found a sweater that was perfect for Isabel so she put it on to wear today. Everyone in the family picked out a ... read more
Valentina
Fresh Meat
What's On the Menu

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala January 26th 2011

The alarm went off at 3:15am and I woke right up. Actually, I don't feel like I actually fell asleep but somehow four hours was up and it was time to get moving. I jumped in the shower while José and Mia slept. I don't know how often I'll be bathing while we're in Mexico but it won't be like the comforts of home! I didn't bother to dress Mia and just put her in her pajamas into her carseat and covered her with a blanket. Once again we're going from freezing temperatures to the balmy 60's or 70's I'd imagine. We were able to leave town by 4am so right on schedule. The drive to Portland went quickly but I was very tired and had to really focus on the roads. We made the airport ... read more
Catholic Church
Baptism Party
Fresh Meat

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » Tlaxcala May 7th 2010

Of course, you should know how the story goes by now. We slept in as late as possible which in this case was only about 10am (my body is still ticking to the 8am internal clock though). First mission of the day was to get dressed and walk down to the panaderia to buy breakfast, freshly baked pan dulce. Upon return to the house, I enjoyed my pan dulce with te de canela (cinnamon tea). They had sopa de conejo (rabbit stew) with tortillas, arroz, and frijoles. I don't think that I will ever become accustomed to eating such hearty meals for breakfast. My idea of breakfast is waffles, cereal, pancakes, eggs, or yogurt. Oh well, while in Mexico, try to adapt as best you can. Although to be honest, I don't eat rabbit any time ... read more
Hanging Out at Ilse
Red Streaks
Rayos for Krystal

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala May 6th 2010

I feel like today was another wasted day. My plan had been to wake up and eat, write up my blog and find an internet cafe. Maria and Sara kept saying that the first buses out of the local bus station didn't leave until after 1pm. And then it dawned on me, Maria and Victor had gone to work without any backup day care plan in place. So we were forced to wait for Maria to get home at 7pm before we could even think about leaving. We passed the day away hanging around the house and repacking our suitcases for what we'd need on the next leg of the journey. Around 4:30pm, Jose Victor took me in search of an internet cafe. The first one we found was full and he didn't know of any ... read more
Hot Water Heater
Room for Two?
Futbol Anyone?

North America » Mexico » Tlaxcala » Apizaco January 17th 2010

Culiacàn, Sinaloa, a 3 de diciembre del 2009. Saludos a todos. Al ir en camino de Huamantla a Tlaxcala, el autobùs hizo parada en una terminal, por lo que yo preguntè a una señora si habìamos llegado a Tlaxcala, a lo que me contestò de manera afirmativa. Bajè del autobùs, revisè mapa, brùjula y el nombre de la calle, y la siguiente intersecciòn: todo bien. Para asegurar, pregunto por la direcciòn del zòcalo o plaza y me encamino hacia donde me señalan. No me habìa gustado la ciudad, ya que la creìa un poco màs "tìpica" o colonial, y encontraba ante puro edificio de block y concreto, a lo que me decìa "con razòn a los delegados que destierran de BCS no les gusta Tlaxcala" (ah, porque sepan uds. que a los delegados federales de la ... read more
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City Hall.




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