Traveling Mexico 2014

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    Corn has been the main food staple here for 4,000 years.

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    Actually, for the vast majority of Mexicans today, corn tortillas continue to be the main food staplefor the simple fact that thery are cheap, filling and plenty of energy. Rice and beans would be the other two main things.
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    A couple photos from a video in the museum.

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    A nice museum. This photo was shot from tthe second floor of the museum.

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    There was music and dancing all day in the plaza, I don't know what the occasion was, but everybody was having a great time!

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    This couple here were great! :clap The moved very gracefully and elegantly! It was enjoyable to watch them. :deal

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    There was a major band playing in town. I will get the name from Ana. It was Grupo Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon. They are one of her favorite bands and she has a lot of their music! So of course we had to go! :evil Ready to PARTY! :deal

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    It was located in a Bull Ring. Open top, but surrounded with stadium seats, with a large, open are in the middle to dance. Yes, we danced. :D When you can't dance very well to begin with and you are dancing to songs you have never hear, it makes it a bit difficult. Especially when the beat changes through out the song and you are the only one in the place that don't know it ahead of time! :eek1 I think most of the people sang along with the band as they were singing. At times they would hold out the mics and just let the crowd sing.

    We had a lot of fun and got back to the room at mid-night! :eek1 That is really really late for us! :deal
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    this is one of few posts where the rider gets inside locals' house, i will be enjoying the rest of the report.

    I hope you are doing alright wherever you are now and with good company all the time... thanx for sharing !!
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    Glad to have you along! :D
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    We are in the capital of the state of Puebla, which is also named Puebla. here is some info from Wikipedia:

    The city of Puebla (<small>Spanish pronunciation: </small>[&#712;pwe&#946;la]), formally Puebla de los Ángeles, is the seat of the Municipality of Puebla, the capital and largest city of the state of Puebla, and one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. The city was founded in 1531 in an area called Cuetlaxcoapan, which means "where serpents change their skin", in between of two of the main indigenous settlements at the time, Tlaxcala and Cholula.

    Being both the fourth largest city in Mexico and the fourth largest Metropolitan area in Mexico, the city serves as one of the main hubs for eastern Central Mexico. Many students come from all over the country. The city is also important because of its industry, with the world's largest Volkswagen factory outside of Germany located in the Municipality of Cuautlancingo.<sup id="cite_ref-6" class="reference">[6]</sup> As a result, many suppliers have opened factories in the city of Puebla.

    Some historians consider that the area where the city is located nowadays was not inhabited in the Pre-Columbian era, except in the 15th century, when this valley was set aside for use for the so-called Flower Wars among the populations of Itzocan, Tepeaca, Huejotzingo, Texmelucan and Tlaxcala, with those soldiers captured being used as sacrifice victims. After the city’s foundation, this valley became the main route between Mexico City and Veracruz. Official date of foundation is 16 April 1531, however, this first attempt at settlement failed due to constant flooding of the site right next to the river.[ The layout of the city is of classic Spanish design, centered on a main plaza, today called the Zocalo. In 1847, the city was taken by U.S. forces under General Winfield Scott, without a shot fired. The American garrison was besieged in the city from September 14 – October 12, 1847 by the irregular forces of General Joaquín Rea and later reinforced by Antonio López de Santa Anna. The siege was broken by the force of General Joseph Lane that fought its way from Vera Cruz into the city after defeating Santa Ana in the Battle of Huamantla on October 9, 1847. Puebla was then the base for General Lane's campaign against General Rea and the other guerrillas that harassed the U. S. Army line of communications. These forces left in July 1848 after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was ratified. During the French intervention in Mexico on 5 May 1862 in the Battle of Puebla, defending Mexican forces under Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French army under Count de Lorencez, which was considered to be the most powerful in the world at the time. The city’s name was changed to Puebla de Zaragoza in 1862, by a decree issued by Benito Juárez and the holiday “5 de Mayo” (Cinco de Mayo) is a major annual event here.<sup id="cite_ref-fundpuebla_3-4" class="reference">[3]</sup> The city was attacked again by the French in 1863, who succeeded in taking it. French forces left in 1866 and reconstruction began in 1867.

    In what became a precursor to the Mexican Revolution, Carmen and Máximo Serdán were behind one of the first conspiracies against the Porfirio Diaz government. Their plans were discovered and their house, located on 6 Oriente Street was surrounded by federal troops. A gun battled ensued, killing both brothers on 18 November 1910.<sup id="cite_ref-fundpuebla_3-6" class="reference">[3]</sup> During the Mexican Revolution, the city was taken by forces under General Pablo Gonzalez, then later was under Zapatista control.[

    As municipal seat, the city of Puebla is the government for 482 other communities<sup id="cite_ref-inegi_10-0" class="reference">[10]</sup> with a total area of 534.32km2.<sup id="cite_ref-encmuc_5-6" class="reference">[5]</sup> However, 94% of the municipality’s population of 1,485,941 lives in the city proper.[ Some agriculture still takes place in the municipality but environmental degradation and the growth of the city is making this a smaller sector of the economy. Crops raised include corn, beans, wheat, oats, avocados, pears, apples, peaches, choke cherries, Mexican hawthorns, nuts and white sapotes. Most agriculture takes place on small plots on the edges of the municipality. Similarly livestock such as cattle, pigs, sheep and horses are raised.<sup id="cite_ref-encmuc_5-10" class="reference">[5]</sup>
    Industry accounts for about eighty percent of the economy and is mostly based in the outskirts of the city as well as in some surrounding municipalities. Main products include basic metals, chemicals, electrical items and textiles. The main employers are Hylsa and the Volkswagen automotive plant. A growing sector is food processing. Many industries are consolidated into parks such as the 5 de Mayo Industrial Park, the Resurrección Industrial Zone and the Puebla 2000 Industrial Park. Due to the proximity to the Popocatépetl, Puebla is some times exposed to the ash and dust that emanate from the volcano during its active periods, the most recent occurring on May 8, 2013.



    nder the Köppen climate classification (Köppen: Cwb), Puebla features a Subtropical highland climate. The climate is moderated by its high altitude of 2,200 m (7,217.85 ft). As a result it rarely gets truly hot in Puebla, with an average of only three days seeing temperatures rise above 29 °C (84 °F). Night temperatures are cool at all times of the year, often requiring additional clothing. Puebla experiences a dry season from November through April and a rainy season from May–October. The valley has a temperate climate while the higher elevations have cold climates. Most rain falls in the summer and early fall. The average daily temp is 77.4 degrees, the average low is 48.7.


    The historical and cultural value of Puebla's architecture is a major reason the city was chosen as a World Heritage Site. Various styles and techniques such as Baroque, Renaissance and Classic are represented here in over 5,000 buildings included in the catalogue.<sup id="cite_ref-ahorre_14-0" class="reference">[14]</sup> The historic center is filled with churches, monasteries, mansions and the like, mostly done in gray cantera stone, red brick and decorated with multicolored tiles. Puebla is also considered to be the “cradle of Mexican Baroque” both in architecture and in the decorative arts,<sup id="cite_ref-rincon_15-0" class="reference">[15]</sup> and one of the five most important colonial cities in Mexico.



    In spite of the many shopping malls that exist in Puebla today, the Zocalo remains the cultural, political and religious center of the city.<sup id="cite_ref-zocalo_16-0" class="reference">[16]</sup> It was the first block to be laid out, with the rest of the historic center traced out from it in the form of a checkerboard. This main plaza originally was rectangular, but later made square because the earlier version was considered to be ugly. Until the end of the 18th century, this was the main market for the town. For much of the colonial period, it was the main source of potable water via a fountain that had been installed in the center in the mid-16th century.<sup id="cite_ref-gobhistoria_7-6" class="reference">[7]</sup> Many political and cultural events have been and continue to be held here. Bullfights were held in the main square from 1566 to 1722.<sup id="cite_ref-zocalo_16-1" class="reference">[16]</sup> Today, the Zocalo is a tree-filled plaza and contains a large number of sculptures, but the most noted is the one of the Archangel Michael that is in a fountain placed in the center in 1777. Many notable buildings surround the Zocalo including City Hall, the Casa de los Muñecos and the Cathedral. Most of the streets in Puebla are named on a numbering system, which centers on the northwest corner of the Zocalo.<sup id="cite_ref-guiapuebla_17-0" class="reference">[17]</sup> El Parian is an arts and crafts market, within walking distance of the plaza. It consists mostly of permanent stalls but there is an area provided for vendors who visit and sell their wares on blankets spread on the ground.[



    The Museo Amparo (Amparo Museum) is housed in two colonial-era buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries that were popularly known as El Hospitalito. One was the Hospital of San Juan de Letrán, which was converted into a college for women. The other is a mansion from the 18th century. It was joined to the hospital and then became the “Deposito de Mujeres Casadas” (Refuge of Married Women) This was established in 1606 for women whose husbands were gone for long periods of time. However, the idea was not popular with women and in 1609, it became the asylum for “lost women,” those obligated to be secluded for some reason. This facility was moved to another building and the building became part of the women’s college founded next door, then a convent. The museum has fourteen exhibition halls with pottery, steles and sculptures from the Zapotec, Huasteca, Maya, Olmec and Aztec cultures as well as fine furniture and religious objects from the colonial period and examples of contemporary art. These represent the three epochs of Mexican history, pre-Columbian, colonial-era and post-Independence. Seven of the halls are dedicated to pre-Columbian pieces.[


    The Museo de la Revolución (Museum of the Revolution) was the home of Aquiles Serdán in the very early 20th century. He was politically active in the anti-reelection (of President Porfirio Diaz) movement of the time and was accused of distributing propaganda against Díaz. Police assaulted the building and Serdán and his family fought back, until Aquiles was killed. President Francisco I. Madero stayed at the home in honor of Serdán. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Mexico City and the building became tenements and stores. Decades later, the federal government acquired the building from the family to convert it into the museum that is here today.

    Every year on 5 May, Puebla celebrates the defeat of invading French troops here in 1862. Celebrations include several days of concerts, lectures, other cultural activities. On the 5th itself, there is a very large parade and a re-enactment of the battle.<sup id="cite_ref-Instcul_40-0" class="reference">[40]</sup><sup id="cite_ref-Miles_41-0" class="reference">[41]</sup> The parade includes Mexican Army, Navy, Special Forces and soldiers dressed in period uniform. The military displays tanks, Humvees and armored personnel carriers. Civilian participation includes school bands, students and floats, both from Mexico and from abroad.<sup id="cite_ref-davis_42-0" class="reference">[42]</sup>
    Although celebrated in the United States, this holiday is not widely observed in other parts of Mexico.[ It was in Piedras Negras when I worked there.




    Puebla City has many universities, only second after Mexico City. Some local public universities are: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) is the oldest and largest university in Puebla, founded on April 15, 1587, and Instituto Tecnológico de Puebla.
    The City has private universities like: Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Puebla, Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Universidad del Valle de México (UVM) Campus Puebla and Universidad Anáhuac Puebla.










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    Great shot of Ana!

    Don't miss the Mercado in Puebla. One of the best, IMO. You can eat tacos de huitlacoche o de flor de calabaza. With a Mexican coke, of course.
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    We left Tlaxcala about 10:30. Passes a couple volcanoes outside of town with a bit of snow on top! I alsmost drove through the state capital of Puebla, which is also Puebla folowing the GPS to another town in the state named Puebla! :eek1:lol3

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    We found a hotel from from the Hotel Book. :D

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    Ana don't like it because it don't have a remote control for the TV! :rofl The room is about 8 foot wide and 14 foot long. Yes, it is very basic! But, it is two blocks from the main plaza in the capital city. It has parking, it is as clean as just about any hotel you find here and it only cost $20! :deal It works for me! :lol3
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    Exploring.

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    Eating dinner at the main plaza.

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    What to get your picture taken.

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    Awesome pictures thanks for posting!
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    You are welcome! :D Glad to have you along! :clap
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    I already been out walking for a while this morning while Ana was sleeping in! :D

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    I drank a couple cups of 7/11 coffee. Better than most cafe coffee, but not as good as Oxxos! :deal
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    The main plaza.

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