So I moved to Puebla a couple of weeks ago – my new home for the next nine or so months! Puebla is the name of the state and the capital, and it’s 2 or 3 hours from Mexico City by bus (…traffic dependent).
Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico. It’s quite traditionally Catholic, it has lots of beautiful colonial architecture (see below) and it’s BIG claim to fame is it was the site of the battle of ‘Cinco de Mayo’.
To be honest though, I don’t really live in Puebla, I officially live in an area called Cholula about 20 mins away from the centre, where the Universidad de Las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) is situated. It was once a separate town but due to population growth and expansion, they are now part of the same metropolitan area (seems to be a recurring theme in Mexico!)
Cholula was host to a Prehispanic society, like the Aztecs, who constructed a large pyramid. From my Prehispanic Art class, I know they were the only group that endured from the Pre-classic (starting in 2500 B.C.) to the Post-classic period (ending in 1500 A.D.). That’s a long time. And in true colonial fashion, the Spanish built a big Church on top.
With so many students around it is quite a ‘trendy’ area. Lots of cafes, bars and clubs. In true 21st century style there are also vegetarian restaurants, a vegan restaurant and even a ‘Container City’.
But in true Puebla fashion there are still a ton of churches. In fact, according to legend, there is a church for every day of the year. The churches seem to take turns to set off fireworks, which means there are fireworks everyday!
So this is where I’m living! Oh, and there are three main volcanoes nearby, the one below is called Popocatépetl.
What a view.