Into Puebla & Headed South!
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On Monday, February 18th, we regretfully left Huehuecoyotl Community, Tepotzlan and our good buddies Giovanni & Kathy. As per our new mutual agreement (after our "Trip from Hell") to travel in ways and make decisions that lessen our exposure to stress, we took Cuota (toll) roads from Tepotzlan to Puebla. Still managed to get a bit turned around getting onto the "periferico" (ring road) around Puebla to Cholula but that's the fun of it, right. Senales (signs) are simply not that great down here. At any rate, other than hitting OUR mirror at one of the tollbooths and then getting turned around a bit, it was less stressful than our trip to Tepotzlan http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24979/Start-of-Day-from-Hell-Toluca-42.
We arrived at the Las Americas RV Park to find only two other "active" travelers here. There are a few trailers a that are stored here but the only folks actually staying here were Joan and Wally from Peterborough, Ontario and Raymond and Yvette from Milk River, Alberta. Raymond, a longtime Mexican traveler, shared lots of great info re: our impending trip south to Oaxaca and Chiappas while Wally shared stories of woe re: their solar and electric challenges aboard their classic GMC Motorhome.
Went to "a nice grocery store" just up the road last night and I will let Susan fill in the details there. We suddenly found ourselves in a mall like the most modern ones in USA. Florescent lights and loud music blasted us as we tried to search the Walmart grocery store for supplies. Masked workers offering us cheese and other items made it look like we were on a different planet. If Mexicans from the city shop here there will most certainly be a major shift in diet to junk food and even more sugar products causing diabetes to soar. Ah, perspectives! Buying locally at farmers markets and small shops may be more important than we thought! I think we will stick to the local markets and enjoy the older style market places as long as they last in this ever changing culture.
Walked into Cholula today and visited the ruins of the Pyramid and the Centro. Walked up about a thousand steps to the Nuestra Senora de los Remedios church that lies atop a substantial hill of earth. Interesting that the Catholics chose to build their church atop this particular mound since it is the remains of the widest pyramid in Mexico and what would have been, in terms of mass, larger than the ones in Egypt. Some kind of ironic juxtaposition there -- a very Catholic church built, probably unknowingly, atop a very pagan temple! It is possible to go "inside" the pyramid through kilometres of tunnels archealogists have burrowed into it but we opted out. The walk to the church was enough.
Stopped at a street vendor for lunch of quesedillas and rice water and liked the blue corn tortillas so much we had the nice woman make up half a kilo to take home.
Went into the ex-Convento de San Gabriel, a Franciscan church and old seminary. I did see the sign extending the offer to become a Franciscan monk or priest. Passed as I'd already been there, done that. Grounds are nice and quiet - tranquilo - but must have been quite the place in its day. Can only imagine all the monks walking and meditating about in waht must have been then formal gardens.
We are ducking out early in the morning toward Oaxaca just in time to miss not one but two caravans of RVs from the States. Rosita, the owner of the park tells that she is expecting 40 rigs. I told her the Ingles translation for this is "sardines" -- not sure if she saw the humor - said it was good for the pocketbook! Glad we are going to miss it. We ran into a caravan last year at Villa Corona and, although they are great people who feel the need to travel together for security and safety reasons, the group as a whole can kind of dominate a campground and both tax the resources and be a bit demanding. Forty in a space the size of this park will be interesting.