Friday, January 8, 2010

N.I.N.Y. -- The Mexico Edition

¡Hola, San Francisco!

I'm here in Puebla, Mexico, on a six day trip with my honors seminar group. We flew in to Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon and spent the rest of the day touring the central zocalo. We stopped in at the Palacio Nacional to see Diego Rivera's murals, then moved on to the Catedral Nacional. We closed the Mexico City afternoon with a look at the Aztec ruins which lie off to the side of the central square.

That same evening we took a 2 hour bus ride down to Puebla, where we're spending most of our visit, with the exception of two day trips to Cholula and Cuetzalan. I've been having a great time here in Puebla. I was here 3 years ago, the only person out of our 50 person group to have been here before, so I vaguely know my way around the historical district of the city. The legal drinking age here is 18, so we've been strolling around the neighborhood at night, catching live musical performances, drinking micheladas, eating tacos, and getting free shots of tequila from the friendly local residents. Yesterday I discovered Rompope, a sweet alcoholic drink made with eggs, milk and sugar. I'll be bringing some home.

Today we took a trip to Cholula to see some of the churches along the way and visit the partially excavated pyramid and church that are the main tourist attractions in this adorable city. We trekked up over 1000 steps to reach the top of the pyramid, and I purchased a 30 cent necklace made of coffee beans. It smells excellent around my neck.

Tomorrow we take a day trip to Cuetzalan to visit a 'traditional' hospital and some steam baths. Our group is here until Tuesday, when we drive back up to Mexico City and fly back to NYC.

Fayes, I'll try and bring something shipping-friendly back to New York. that I can send home to you. The coffee here is excellent...

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