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Published: June 23rd 2006
Well we’ve left the smog of Mexico City… and are now staying with Javier (a friend of Sarah & Steve’s) in Tejupilco - a small town SW of Mexico City - in the mountains.. a beautiful setting. Javier has looked after us really well and is such a generous host!.. We arrived on Saturday and we were going to head off today, but he persuaded us to stay a bit longer, so we feel quite settled in this town for now,, and we’re almost local celebrities…. The local paper “El Nativo” interviewed us last night (with Javier as translator) about our travel plans and what we thought of Mexico (a little difficult to be very expressive after only a week in the country, but we talked about quesadillas and mountains!) so on Friday we’ll be in print (with photo ha ha!)
Sunday we went to a family “picnic” (not really a picnic.. the family turned up with table, chairs, paella, cake, drinks, music, TV and even a karaoke machine!!) for Father’s Day, so we met the whole family .. a few language difficulties, but we tried.. and even managed to play charades in Spanish… they let us choose
the easy words.
The mountains here are beautiful.. peaks of up to 3000m .. and amazing views. We visited Valle de Bravo .. a lake that was created in the 1940s by flooding a valley.. and little village where rich people from the city go at weekends
Also visited Nachititlia national park .. walked for a bit, and learnt lesson number one.. always wear proper walking shoes.. I was wearing walking sandals, and was stung by a bee on my foot!
We vsited one of Javier’s English lessons at school and took questions from the kids for an hour or so.. they were really enthusiastic having 2 English girls to talk to, and gave us little presents.
Still trying to work out the difference between quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas etc etc… but they all taste good so who cares! … have become vegetarian (when it suits!) so have an excuse not to try the pig skin .. or any of the fried insects we have seen (though I may be brave later)
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