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Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
Trip End Feb 10, 2010

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Itīs December 29 today and I am writing from an internet cafe in Puebla, population 1.9 million. We arrived by bus from Mexico City yesterday afternoon, and checked into Hotel Victoria, situated in the city centre within walking distance to the zocalo, or city square. Our hotel room reminds me of one in Nice, France. It has a quaint little balcony that overlooks the street and huge tiled rooms with very few sockets. None of the three doors in our room close, probably because the building itself was built a couple centuries ago. The street is loud and very nearby, the sidewalks are narrow and bustling with people. The city is 10% of the size of Mexico City, but feels much more populated.

Historically, the city is significant because it was the first city in Mexico built by the Spaniards that was not founded on the ruins of some existing temple site. It was meant to be the beginnings of a new and modern city design. I must say the layout remains insightful to this day. Puebla is organized into a grid, and as such it is very simple to negotiate and very difficult to get lost. I gained some more experience using a map to get around over the last two days and am quite proud of myself.

Yesterday Carly and I visited the Catedral, (tough translation, itīs the Cathedral), walked through the zocalo, and took a rooftop tourbus ride around to see some of the sites that we would never get to on foot. The tour was great and included narration of many historical details that most travelers might miss.

Today Carly wasnīt feeling well, so after our morning daytrip to Cholulaīs archaeological site, she opted for rest while I explored some of the artisan district with Stacey and Renska from the tour group. We shopped a little, tested out our bargaining skills: Stacey bought trinkets, and I bought a scarf. Both girls are lovely shopping companions and I find that each day I am liking the tour members more and more.

Tonight we will meet some of the group for dinner and possibly some drinks, but we are off early tomorrow on a 5-hour bus ride to Oaxaca, where we will spend New Years, so I will not be out too late. So far I have seen and done so much, while also getting more sleep at night than I might on average back home! Anyone who knows me well will not be surprised at that, because I can sleep through just about anything.

The weather again has been perfect, about 22·C with a slight breeze and clear skies. Does it ever rain in Central Mexico?

I am without my connecting cord today so pictures will have to wait until next time. I hope to post again in a day or two, once settled in Oaxaca.

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Amber on

Allison I love your entries!!! Totally can picture it all lol I'm glad that you guys are having a good time so far. Take care!!!

Tara on

Allison, you write beautifully. I love to hear about the historical aspects of the city you are in, but also love to hear about what you bought! :)

Christina on

Your day was more fun than mine. Does that surprise you?

kim on

sounds like your busy and having fun. Hope your all well
We miss you and wish a happy new year

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