Presently I am sitting in the second floor lounge area of the Hotel Colonial de Puebla listening to the live music from the restaurant below (with open ceiling). This hotel is FABULOUS. The building was originally a Jesuit monastery built in the 1690s. Our room has two double beds and a loft with another double bed which was quickly 'called’ by the boys
. It has the most wonderful painted ceiling and tiny balcony onto the pedestrian street below. The elevator is the oldest working elevator in Puebla but it barely fit the bellboy and our luggage so we took the stone stairs that have windows, a skylight, and many potted plants. The hotel boasts coin laundry (which we’ve been looking forward to for about 4 days now!) and the machines are located on the roof! The view from there (there’s also a landscaped patio area) is of the surrounding cathedrals, churches, and treetops. This hotel is so, by far, our favourite. What a shame that we are only over-nighting on our way to whitewater rafting in the state of Veracruz. If we weren’t expected at camp tomorrow, we’d definitely extend our stay.
We went for a stroll to the Zocalo and along a pedestrian mall – where once again, we seemed to be the main attraction. I swear, we get stares like we’re the Joli-Pitt clan.
Today, we did something not very Mexican… we went to the African Safari Park south of Puebla. And it was GREAT! It's a drive-thru park and we took lots of photos. At one point, we had monkeys on our van (Keara’s window was open!) but the camera was too zoomed to get a good photo of them. We had lunch in the restaurant during a fast and furious rainfall. When it stopped, an ostrich came right up to the window – it must have been a Mexican ostrich because it couldn’t stop staring at us. In the walk-thru part of the park, we got to see kangaroos close-up; even some babies peeking out from pouches.