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Every year the town of Atlixco, which is only 20 minutes from Puebla, creates a “Villa Iluminada” by filling its streets with Christmas lights. The theme is always different; this year’s theme seemed to be, oddly enough, jobs and farms. It’s always a treat to take a couple of hours after work to wander around the town and sample all the street food!

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Browsing the food stands!

Browsing the food stands!

After many figures shaped like corn, we came across the traditional Nativity scene.

After many figures shaped like corn, we came across the traditional Nativity scene.

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This is a jaguar man, a traditional costume during Atlixco's annual fair.

This is a jaguar man, a traditional costume during Atlixco’s annual fair.


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Making tortillas.

Making tortillas.

Piglets in Atlixco.

Piglets in Atlixco.


Popobike is an annual cycling race in Puebla. Yesterday some friends and I decided to ride the route, which has already been marked for next weekend’s race. There are 30k and 60k routes; as amateur mountain bikers, we opted for the 30k. They turned out to be the hardest 30k I’ve ever ridden; we went the wrong way once and got lost in somebody’s crops another time, I walked my bike up and down many steep hills, my friend fell three times, and by the time we rolled back into Metepec, where the path starts, 5 hours had gone by! We were starved and had run out of water a while back, so the first thing we did was have a beer and some quesadillas! The route was beautiful and I would definitely recommend it– you can run it, too– but make sure you’re well-prepared! There are many dangerous, technical descents and it’s best to go with someone who knows the way, or, at least, take a lot of food and water and ask the other cyclists on the trail for tips (such as “don’t follow the red marks on the trees because that’s the 60k route).

Gorgeous views. Popo is covered by clouds.

Gorgeous views. Popo is covered by clouds.

The path went through a dry streambed.

The path went through a dry streambed.

Popo let out some smoke!

Popo let out some smoke!

The pro cyclists can finish the route in 3 hours or less.

The pro cyclists can finish the route in 3 hours or less.

Since it's almost Day of the Dead, many fields were planted with marigolds (cempasuchil).

Since it’s almost Day of the Dead, many fields were planted with marigolds (cempasuchil).