Puebla and the incredible Mexico City
29.09.2013 - 07.10.2013 27 °C
Flip Flops are not made for walking
One week on and it feels as though teaching English on a secluded island for 6 weeks didn't actually happen. Yet, my disgruntled feet, who been guiding me patiently around Mexico's finest cities, seem intent on reminding me that they miss their sandy freedom and dislike their recent confinement within my trainers.
Villahermosa: A City 12 hours from Carrillo
On the 28th of September Lewy and I left Felipe Carrillo Puerto once more. Feeling older and wiser since the last time our trusty backpacks sat moulded to our backs, we sat quietly in the warm rain waiting for our night bus to arrive. At 7am we arrived in a large City in the state of Tabasco called Villahermosa. Unfortunately labelled as a 'not much to see' city in the Lonely Planet this place doesn't see many foreign visitors. Despite a bit of bad luck having arrived on a Monday when the local museum and Zoo was closed we thoroughly enjoyed our 12 hour stop over. Since suffering from severe flooding, the bustling city centre has been re-built and has plenty to see, shop and fill your belly with and the people, although slightly surprised to see white faces, were very friendly.
The brand new Central Plaza was a fantastic place to buy yummy food off local vendors, put our tired feet up on a bench and people watch as this beautiful park came to life as the sun went down. In front of us children frolicked in the water fountain as it bubbled and lit up in colours, while parents stole a few romantic moments with each other overlooking their little ones. The park was filled with the sound of Frank Senatra whose music played on loud speakers from the surrounding palace and as the sun offered its shade families, teens and lovers filled every corner of the park. After watching the teenage skate boarders and the break dancers we head back to the bus station for our second night bus.
Puebla City: 24 hours from Carrillo
Puebla was the perfect location for Lewy and I to set back into the travelling grove. This INCREDIBLE colonial city is bursting at the seems with mind blowing architecture, traditional food and beautiful central parks.
We felt relaxed, once more in the dorm of a hostel and we enjoyed listening to fellow travellers tell us about their world wide experiences - there is a lot more for Lewy and I to see! The beautiful colonial hostel, La Casona, gave us a free breakfast everyday from which we filled our boots before exploring the city and its surrounding Aztec ruins. Puebla is a MUST SEE.
Two Years of Excited Apprehension: Finally in Mexico City
As our bus meandered around the traffic packed motorways entering Mexico City, Lewy and I gasped, open mouthed out of the window. Lewy nervously biting his nails. I in a state of absolute awe. We are incredibly lucky to be staying with a great friend, Emily, who is teaching in the city and she has been able to show us the City through the eyes of a local.
I could write about this city for hours. We are having an incredible experience and are amazed by the efficiency of the transport systems, friendliness of the people and abundance of beautiful places to visit. So far our time has been filled visiting the HUMONGOUS Anthropology Museum, the strange art museum of Freda Kahlo, AMAZING bustling markets willed with artisanry and local foods, beautiful green parks, local cosmopolitan bars and beautiful colonial neighbourhoods lined with multi coloured houses. We still have a few more days here but I will leave you with some of my favourite photos so far. Love to all xxx