It has been one week since I hopped on a plane to Mexico and left my life in Toronto behind.
Since then, I have explored the wonders of Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico – CDMX), including:
- Museo del Templo Mayor – ruins that the city was built over
- Catedral Metropolitana – my favourite one thus far
- Chapultepec – beautiful and important park to visit
- Palacio de Bellas Artes – beautiful art frescos
- Teotihuacan – I am still in awe with the Piramides de sol y de la luna.
- Tepoztlán – a cute and magical ‘new age’ town, the home of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent God, and climbed Tepozteco… an intense climb, but it was worth the view
It took a little while to adjust to the most populated city in North America, especially since barely anyone speaks English. Luckily I had a few years of Spanish under my belt and Google Translate to carry me through.
I stayed in a hostel that I booked through Hostel World (Mexico City Hostel), which was right in the middle of the Centro Historico; all within walking distance to many landmarks, museums, restaurants, and stores.
On Monday, I moved to Puebla, a city two hours south of CDMX and is known for their historical influence, especially during the Battle of Puebla, on ‘cinco de Mayo’ in 1862. I am using Couchsurfing for my stay here. I’m so fortunate to be with Carlos, his sister Noely, and their three perros (dogs) Mozart, Nina, and Hassel.
In my opinion, Couchsurfing is the best way to travel. Accommodations are free and you treat the host’s home as if it were your own. Even if you can’t stay with someone, you can become friends with him or her, and time permitting, they can show you around their city. It works both ways too; if you have space for someone, you can host in your city. It’s collaboration between networks; exactly how life should and needs to be.
Yesterday, I visited Cholula in hopes to explore the Great Pyramid and its tunnels, although I was cut short because it was closed to the public. However, I managed to climb to the top of the hill to the church, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remediosa. The Spanish built that church after conquering the city in the 1600s.
Even though I’m a week into my trip, I feel like I have been here for a lifetime. I’m getting used to the stares from people, being the only blonde. Secretly I know they’re admiring me, but I won’t let my ego get too big J
Today I visited two of Puebla’s famous cathedrals, La Catedral, Mexico’s second-largest and oldest (started construction in 1535 using Baroque & Renaissance styles) and the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán. As I’m typing away, I’m people watching in the Zócalo – the whole city was built around this square and is based on numbers (Calle 2, Avenida 2, etc.) Everywhere I look, I see a piece of stunning architecture. I feel truly blessed to be here.
I have a few more days in Puebla before I make my way south to Oaxaca… that will be a treat… stay tuned for photos and more information.
I am so glad and proud of myself for taking the big leap and step out of my comfort zone. I love Toronto, I really do, but it has a lot to learn from other cities and cultures.
One minor detail that could be improved: stop flushing toilet paper down the toilet… it clogs up the pipes and has major difficulties decomposing through the water system… there is a purpose for putting a garbage beside the toilet!
Is there anything specific you would like me to write about while I’m away? My motivational posts will be coming up soon enough with a special project coming before summer ends… stay tuned!
Thank you for reading.
Love & light,
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