Life and Travel in Puebla, Mexico

How Many Types of Taco Are There in Mexico?

Cecina (salted meat) and longaniza (sausage) at a fair-- with salsa and toppings at hand, of course.

All the makings of a cecina taco: tortillas, cecina (salted meat), longaniza (sausage), salsa, avocado, onions, radishes, and cheese.

I don’t know the answer, but Buzzfeed has prepared a handy quiz (“¿Puedes adivinar qué taco es con sólo verlo?”) about whether or not you can identify twelve types of tacos in Mexico.

I got two wrong answers, one because I identified the meat incorrectly and one because the name, “taco acorazado,” isn’t used here in Puebla. Street food names vary quite a bit from state to state and even town to town.

Calling All Expats

The other day, I was contacted by a casting producer about a show featuring expats who are about to, or have recently, moved abroad. If you’re interested in participating in such a show, here’s the official casting call:

Are you an expat living in another country that might want to share your story? I work on a very popular international travel series and I am looking to document your move! If you are interested in being on the show or you would like to get more information, email me at JenniferWolfe@LeopardUSA.com with the subject line: RE: International Travel Series.

It’s not a scam, and I think it could be an interesting opportunity for anyone wanting to show others what it’s like to be an expat!

Cycling in Puebla

I’ve only recently discovered the world of cycling in Puebla. If you’re a mountain biker, there are plenty of opportunities in our three mountains (La Malinche, Iztaccíhuatl, and Popocatépetl) and the surrounding hilly areas. One of the best known races is Popobike, which doesn’t take place on Popo proper but rather in its foothills. 

And if you’re a road cyclist, it turns out all the two-lane highways leading out of Puebla are great for cycling with Popo and Izta as a backdrop, and for seeing some small towns along the way.

Road biking

Heading out of Puebla. Photo by Trilife Triathlon Coaching.

 

This church had the only public bathroom I could find. I also decided to make a photo opportunity out of my pit stop. :)

This church had the only public bathroom I could find. I also decided to make a photo opportunity out of my pit stop. :)

We stopped here to re-group. The name of this town turned out to be the very long San Juan Tianguismanalco.

We stopped here to re-group. The name of this town turned out to be the very long San Juan Tianguismanalco.

Christmas Vacation

 

 

Higuera Blanca, Nayarit.

Higuera Blanca, Nayarit.

Breaded shrimp and fried fish in Sayulita, Nayarit.

Breaded shrimp and fried fish in Sayulita, Nayarit.

The beach in Sayulita, Nayarit.

The beach in Sayulita, Nayarit.

The cathedral in Zamora, Michoacán.

The cathedral in Zamora, Michoacán.

 

 

At a park in Xalapa, Veracruz.

At a park in Xalapa, Veracruz.

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Laguna de Alchichica, Puebla.

Laguna de Alchichica, Puebla.

Our "rosca de reyes," or king's bread, was a little hard on its "niños Dios" (the white plastic babies).

Our “rosca de reyes,” or king’s bread, was a little hard on its “niños Dios” (the white plastic babies).

Christmas in Puebla and Atlixco

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Making tortillas.

Making tortillas.

Piglets in Atlixco.

Piglets in Atlixco.

A Weekend in Chignahuapan and Zacatlán

Day of the Dead fell on the weekend this year, so some friends and I went to Chignahuapan to see the yearly show/play that they put on. We also spent some time in Piedras Encimadas, a park about 45 minutes away. It was freezing cold, foggy, and drizzling the whole time, but I’d still recommend going!

Chignahuapan and Zacatlán are both famous for their "pan de queso," or sweetbread stuffed with cheese. It sounds strange, but it's delicious! My friend Adriana took this picture of these cheese-filled alligators.

Chignahuapan and Zacatlán are both famous for their “pan de queso,” or sweetbread stuffed with cheese. It sounds strange, but it’s delicious! My friend Adriana took this picture of these cheese-filled alligators.

Ofrenda Chignahuapan

An enormous ofrenda, or Day of the Dead altar, inside a church in Chignahuapan.

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Chignahuapan is known for its handmade "esferas," or glass Christmas decorations. They were included in this altar.

Chignahuapan is known for its handmade “esferas,” or glass Christmas decorations. They were included in this altar.

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Piedras Encimadas is a little ways outside Zacatlán. It’s a huge park with strange stone formations (hence the name). Unfortunately we couldn’t see the formations very well due to all the fog!

 

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We took a tour on a horse-drawn cart. We originally wanted to walk, but the path was so slippery with mud that we were falling down all over the place!

Chignahuapan Show

After Piedras Encimadas, we went back to Chignahuapan to see the show. It takes place on a platform in the middle of the town’s lake!

 

Aqua Paraíso and San Carlos

A few weeks ago a friend and I wanted to spend our Sunday swimming, so we went on a little adventure. First we stopped at Aqua Paraíso, just outside Atlixco and about 45 minutes from Puebla (by car). There were water slides, several pools, and a camping area, all bordered by a beautiful tree-lined river (which was not for swimming). We admired the view for a while, but ultimately didn’t stay because the water in the pools was quite cold, as was the morning air!

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The road back to the highway, and Popo letting out a puff of smoke in the background.

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After we left Aqua Paraíso, we headed to Izúcar de Matamoros and to the San Carlos water park, which was about another 45 minutes away. Izúcar is warmer than Puebla and the springs at San Carlos are pretty toasty as well. There are multiple pools, camping and picnic areas, and water slides. I don’t have any photos because we were busy swimming!

Heading back from San Carlos. Notice how dry everything looks--- there are even cactus all around the water park!

Heading back from San Carlos. Notice how dry everything looks— there are even cactuses (or cacti) all around the water park!


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