Friday, December 31, 2010

Ron & Julie Visit: Day 5: Puebla

New Year's Eve! We took advantage of the day off, and drove over to Puebla for the day. Julie was feeling a bit under the weather, so we hopped on the Puebla Turibus with cameras in hand. It was actually a really cool trip. We saw the fort where the battle of Puebla was fought. FYI, Cinco de Mayo is not actually a celebration of beer and tacos, but actually the anniversary of this battle!

Afterward we grabbed lunch at el Mural de los Poblanos, checked out the churches and browsed the markets before heading home. Our trusty GPS knew the way, but me....not so much! After a few wrong turned and few "recalculating...when possible make a u-turn", we were back on the right track.

When we got home, we had some snacks, drinks, and played Trivial Pursuit while we watched the ball drop in New York - LIVE via internet!

...What else floats in water? Bread. Apples. Very small rocks. Cider. Gravy. Cherries. Mud.

Inside the tallest church in Mexico.

Turibus time!


Town Hall decorated for the holidays!

Unlike the low-hanging tree branch face-slapping of the Turibus of Mexico City...
...the Puebla version utilized tangled nests of high-voltage wires!

View of the volcano from the fort.



...and more churches!

Lunch started with the world's tiniest soup!

Talavera peacock!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ron & Julie Visit: Day 3 & 4

Wednesday R&J took another spin on the Turibus to check out a few more locations and met up with Autumn for lunch at P.F. Chang's.

Thursday, Autumn took the day off and went shopping at the Ciudadela Artesania to browse handicrafts from all around Mexico. Autumn got a cool, new plate and her parents picked up a few souvenirs too. Afterward, they stopped by the office to have street tacos with me, and then continued on their merry way.

Julie and Autumn at the Ciudadela


After our drive back from Puebla, we barbequed steaks and green onions. The green onions are a thing here that Autumn learned about from her warehouse guys. You just barbeque them until their soft and kind of blackened, and then you just bite the white tips off. They're very sweet and delicious...

Anyway, I forgot to buy charcoal briquettes at the commissary, so I had picked up some Mexican "charcoal," which I've used before, and it's fine...but definitely not the same as it's American counterpart. It's basically just a bag of semi-burnt leaves, sticks and twigs, and it puts on quite a show after you finally get it lit.

Yes, that's about a 10 foot high inferno of sparks and flames shooting out of the chimney starter that we use for lighting the barbecue!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ron & Julie Visit: Day 2

Autumn's mom and Ron were on their own today, and took the Turibus around town today while we were at work. The highlight of their day was the shenanigans going on in Centro Historico!

With a wonderful disregard for human safety, this "ride" entailed the following:

1.) Place child in giant plastic bubble.
2.) Zip up child in bubble and inflate bubble with gas-powered leaf blower
3.) Deposit bubble-child in an above ground pool
4.) Instruct child to run around like an enormous hamster
5.) Wait 12 minutes or until child passes out!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ron & Julie Visit: Day 1

Ron and Julie arrived yesterday for a holiday visit. Autumn had to work today, so the three of us drove up to the pyramids at Teotihuacan. It was a great day! Nice and warm. As usual, we were immediately accosted by the unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit of Mexico, and Ron picked up a few items within minutes of arriving. We climbed the pyramids, went to the museum and then had lunch at La Gruta. No big show today, but at least we had mariachis!

For Julie's birthday dinner, we went out to Villa Maria. She wouldn't let us have he mariachis there sing "Happy Birthday," but we still had fun!

View from the Temple of the Moon

Up we went! (My third time!)

Ron & Julie at the top.