Left DF by bus to Puebla, 2hrs away. Right before going there, I posted an open request on CouchSurfing, and I got about 10 messages from different people willing to host me. Unfortunately for them I only picked two, but I would have liked to meet everyone – so genuinely hospitable. I have to thank here to Cinthia and Erik, both very welcoming and friendly. Erik took me for a car ride to the Cholula and was a very good guide there, explaining stuff about the pyramids but also took me further to Atlixco, the city of flowers and a weekend destination for many Mexican inhabitants of Puebla.
Cholula is home of the largest pyramid known to exist in the world – Tlachihualtepetl, built in several stages one on top of the other and burried under an artificial protective hill with a church built on top of it in 16th century, without the ‘white’ people even knowing about the wonder hidden underneath. It has been partially uncovered and also partially rebuilt (which amazes me… I was thinking you don’t touch/rebuild the ancient ruins). Atlixco was also a nice city, city of flowers, and with a small church on top of the hill San Miguel, offering a nice panorama of the city and the entire valley. We experienced the weekend traffic when we got stuck for about an hour among hundreds of cars coming or going to the flower market. I learnt a few practical things from Erik and I must say I liked his car, a Vocho/”Vochito” (MExican name for the old VW beetle). I have to mention that the last VW Beetle was produced in Puebla in summer 2003 and sent to the VW headquarters in Germany (where the production had stopped in ’78).
Then I have to thank Cinthia and her friend Henry for getting me drunk pretty well (I haven’t been drunk in a while, but the cocktails were scary cheap and sooo many). And her family (mom and sister) were kind enough to have me participate at the diner celebration for a new licensed lawyer in the family. Cinthia, as a good chef and sommelier, gave me a whole list of foods to try in Oaxaca. I had a pleasant stay in Puebla, but I also experienced the Uber ride who had no idea where he is going, but he was sure about it. We made a detour of about 10min until I pulled up the GPS. Apparently, the GPS is here a rarity and people don’t trust this kind of sorcery.
I walked about 7miles altogether in Puebla and I can say I felt entirely safe, even when walking on narrow streets. It’s true, you have to watch out for cars even when you have green light (or white, because it’s not a standard color here). Well since we’re here, not even the traffic lights are standard. Some round, some double, some square, some animated, but most importantly, they are all on the left side of the road and not even one on the right side. I left Puebla by bus, heading to Oaxaca, where I had a hostel booked for a few days ($10/night). Tell you more in the next story.