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Mexico City: Recap 4 July 16, 2011

Posted by julesaturner in Travel Log.
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Test week descended upon us again, but this time, we all knew what was coming. I felt as though I knew how to study for the tests better at least. Plus, we had a lot to look forward to at the end of these tests. They were Wednesday and Thursday, so while Monday and Tuesday were dedicated to class and then studying, Friday was a half day of class followed by a cooking lesson!

The trip to the restaurant where the lesson was to take place ended up being quite the epic journey. We must have asked for directions five different times. What should have been a 45 minute trip ended up taking almost 2 hours. Needless to say, we were all starving and exhausted by the time we finally made it. The thought of the amazing food ahead of us kept us going, though. We made nopal salad, mushroom-squash flower soup, ceviche (some of the best I’ve ever tried), tacos doridos, and guava in a syrup flavored with orange, cinnamon, and vanilla. Everything was delicious, and not just because it was almost 4 p.m. by the time we ate. I’m very excited that the chef will be sending us the recipes for everything. I want to try to make it all again!

As if the weekend needed to get better, we also headed to Puebla on Saturday for 2 days out of the city. Puebla is about 2 hours away from D.F. by bus, but it has a hugely different feel. This was our weekend to be tourists, so we were allowed to wear shorts! We got to Puebla around lunch time on Saturday, so once we got to the hotel, most everyone dropped off their stuff and headed back out to see the town. One group went sight seeing, aka church viewing (there are 365 of them!), but I was in the shopping group. We still saw a fair number of churches, though. The most important thing, regardless of how we spent the weekend, was that it was a relaxing break–just what we needed after 4 weeks of hard work.

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Puebla June 7, 2010

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We only got back from Puebla yesterday and I already miss it. This quaint town is deceiving in that it’s actually the fourth largest city in Mexico, but somehow it still manages to give you the feeling you’re walking around a Spanish colonial town from 1531. The town is actually quite important to Mexican history not only because it was a depot between the capital and the port in Veracruz, but also because it is the location of the famous Cinco de Mayo battle, where the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. It’s a common misconception in the US that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican Independence Day, which is really September 16th.

It was about a three hour bus ride from Mexico City to Puebla, and I really appreciated the opportunity to see the beautiful mountainous countryside along the way. Once we arrived, we checked into our hotel and headed to the pool located on the roof for an incredible view of the city’s skyline at night. One thing that sticks out about Puebla is it’s abundance of churches—locals claim there is one for every day of the year and then some. My favorite was a church called the Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, which had a chapel completely covered with gold carvings, tiles, and cherubs (la Capilla del Rosario).

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