Thursday, March 24, 2016

Two Rocks and a Bird!

Here it is, two posts with one bird and something about a rock or however that saying goes. Here are two weekends worth of photos! And you can download them as your background for only $39.99!!! What a bargain!

Here is the one trip to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. These are located just a little North of Mexico City and very far from Egypt. These things are super-old and made by the Aztec people from some sort of material, probably rock. I could continue with my vast knowledge of these impressive triangles, but if you really want to know you can click this: Teotihuacan.

Here is the view from The Pyramid of the Moon 
It's been over two months and they still haven't noticed I'm not from Germany. Also the Moon Pyramid is in the background

Pretty cool view from The Pyramid of the Sun

Tried convincing some people that the whole place was a hoax and was actually  built by the Mexican government back in the 80's to encourage more tourism

These things are pretty steep

This is the Pyramid of the Sun, the larges Pyramid in Mexico and I think the 3rd largest in the world.


Here is from the following weekend. Almost all the Germans went back to Germany so it was just Ingo and I. This time we travelled a little more North-East of Puebla to a tiny little town called Cuetzalan. This place also has some old pyramids in the middle of what I think is called a cloud forest.
Small little town outside of Cuetzalan where you can see the Pyramids

Path heading to the Pyramids

Blurry picture of a flower that looks super cool

This place totally has the bear necessities!

Here are the Pyramids of Yohualichan not quite as big but still pretty neat. Also one of the first times I saw grass in Mexico

I could totally make an awesome fort out of these things!

Small little market where you can buy trinkets, spices, and of course Tacos!

I never got a good picture, but these guys will literally plant corn anywhere. Most the people that live in the rural area are very traditional and don't use gas or electricity in their homes.

Small waterfall in the Jungle. There were most likely sharp rocks at the bottom.

For being a jungle it was surprisingly quite and still. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Las Grutas and other things



It's taken me awhile to post this Oops! Totally because of work and stuff, defiantly not because I've been lazy. A couple of weekends ago my German buddies and I went up to a place called Tolantongo in the state of Hildalgo. I'm still feeling a little lazy and will just assume that I spelled that correctly. Tolantongo is a pretty gorgeous place. As far as I understand there's some kind of volcanic activity underground and after some help of pixie magic and that sort of stuff it results in hot springs in the middle of this so called semi-arid desert. Pretty wonderful place to chill and have a couple of tacos.


Getting there was a little sketchy, this was courtesy of Google Maps
I'm sure this place has a name. Tolantongo is at the bottom of this valley


One of the Magical sources of water, Behind the waterfall are a couple of caves full of warm water you can chill in.

Bum bada bum bada bum ba bum ba bum (Jurassic park theme)

Some of the hot pools on the side of the mountain

Picture of some banana trees I took from the tent, I believe at this area is considered a semi-tropical forest
Selfie with my German buddy!

Enjoying the warm water inside a small gruta

Once we cross this bridge it's only and hour to the palace.

Hoping to get on the front cover of Travel Mexico Magazine



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Is this about a donkey?



Last Saturday I decided to climb a volcano. I have not felt so exhausted since Luke took me skiing. It was about 5 to 5.5 miles to the summit. The total ascent was 4,640 ft (a lot). According to my watch you would need to eat 5.25 tacos once you reach the summit to recover the lost calories. Also taco calorie recovery is not an option on my watch... something some companies should totally look into making a thing. Any whoosle, the volcano is La Malinche and it reaches a little over 14,640 ft.


La Malinche (Old Volcano) as seen from Casa LuK (My Apartment).
(Photo Courtesy of Patrick Montion)

Found a new buddy, I named him Carlos
The day became more cloudy the further up we went
Pretty steep climb
Good View of Mt. Orizaba, the 3rd highest peak in north America.
I heard you need at least a dozen tacos to recover from that one.
Unfortunately, Carlos decided to be a wimp and didn't want to
climb the shale slope with me... classic Carlos.
Going out with people means pictures of my face! Thanks Irving!

Made it to the Peak! Immediately used my 'skills' to locate a flag
and make myself the highest point in Tlaxcala.


Feelin a little light headed at high altitude.

It took me about 5 hours to make it to this altitude to look this good




On a clear day (literally any other day other than today) you can see
Puebla, along with the two other Volcanoes

I believe this was, at one point, the caldera. Now it's more
like a jagged valley down the side of the volcano

Irving and I





















Monday, January 25, 2016

Laundry and Other Things


It's easy to do a lot of things here such as visit a new church every Sunday for a year, not spending a lot on food, and O.D.ing on tacos. Laundry, however does not make the list.


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Here is the runner-up for the world's most ineffective machines. For best results it is recommended that you fill it part way with the hose before use. I did not use the hose the first time and my clothes came out mostly dry

If your clothes have any visible dirtiness you gotta scrub it out in the sink before using the wash-machine.  


Kind of a dark picture (I'll get a better one later) but here is the roof where I hang my clothes to dry. his is done because the garbage dryer that is connected to said garbage wash-machines is, as I just stated, garbage.


Here is a pleasant view from the roof overlooking the city of Puebla.

It's really nice, it seems no matter where you go you're bound to come across a shrine to Our Lady.



The legendary Cemita of Puebla. Costs about $1.50 USD and will change your culinary life.


And finally, Popocatepetl seems to look more and more treacherous every day. I tried explaining to my boss that it would be safer if we moved work to the beach just in case. He informed me that it is not going to erupt and horrifically spew lava all over the place. I'm not sure if I believe him, but it's fine I've always been awesome at The Floor is Lava.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

First week in The Land Of Tacos

It's my first week in Mexico and it's alllllright! I've already eaten a ridiculous amount of tacos. Everyone is really friendly and also short. I don't think I've seen anyone as tall as I am yet. First day at work and I already joined a soccer team, we'll see how my lungs do at an elevation of 7,000ft. 


My house:




You can see one of the volcanoes surrounding Puebla. This one is called MatlalcuĂ©yetl or if you don't speak Nahuatl you can call it La Malinche

Here is the view from my balcony
                 
Thing thing is still a mystery to me. What possible use could this serve?