A Much Needed Vacation

23 Jul

Travel in Mexico in the 70’s took little planning (In The Beginning). There was no Airbnb. You showed at the station and took the next bus to wherever you were heading. Schedules were flexible which means nothing left on time.


And there were trains! They were cheap with little difference in cost between second class (bench seats) and first (individual recliners, that rarely worked).


The train from Puebla to Oaxaca circa 1973.

The train stopped frequently along its route allowing vendors to board selling fruit, avocados, tacos and lots of mysterious looking snacks that I was afraid to try. Today there are almost no trains running. It’s a shame really although there is talk of high speed rail between Mexico City and Guadalajara.


The switchbacks were scarey at times. 😱

There were also many cheap hotels and each trip further enhanced my love affair with Mexico. We are off soon for our much needed vacation. I will introduce Lisa to my old stomping grounds in central Mexico, including Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla and Cholula. I have dragged out some old photos that I hope to recreate. Vamos a ver (we’ll see). Wish us buen viaje!



9 Responses to “A Much Needed Vacation”

  1. Stan Rinehart July 23, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    Loved the pictures, have a great holiday. Trying to get my wife to visit Mexico but I want to drive (Austin Tx) but she thinks everyone is killing everyone down there and then I explained we lived in Chicago for 3 years…not whole lot of difference at times.

    Enough of me, have a great trip looking forward to your nest post

    Stan Rinehart

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    • afish25 July 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

      Hey Stan, thanks for stopping by. You know we’re from Austin? Our earlier blogs tell the story of our move to Mexico. I get your wife’s fear. I started the blog to address just that issue. With two million living and retiring in Mexico, I can’t be all bad. She probably wouldn’t like living here, but everyone likes visiting. Go to San Miguel, close and beautiful.


  2. Linda July 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    I visited Cholula in 2006… Loved it. Had Tacos Arabe Mmmm..Delicious coffee While sitting on the plaza both mornings. Lovely place.

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  3. LJones July 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Have a wonderful, adventurous and lovely trip!! Hasta Luego amigas !!! With love to all xo


  4. Lois Leahy July 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Hey Alex, I attended (ahem) University of the Americas in Puebla in 1973. The saying at the time was “Cholula, love it or leave it!” The avenues smelled of ucaleptus trees, which I understand are not native, but rather invasive. However, the fragent smell they provided still invokes strong memories. I toured the under-developed ruins of Puebla, and partied on “miracle mile”, the strip between the University and the actual town of Puebla. Sweet memories! I love Mexico! Chao for now….Lois
    (Roberta’s sister)


    • afish25 July 29, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      I can’t even imagine the changes in Cholula. I lived in the shadow of the church/pyramid. We have an apartment for the week. Plenty of time to explore.


  5. Lois Leahy July 26, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    Perception of safety is relative. Mexico is for the most part, a piece of cake. My adult children, 31 and 29, went to Honduras in April with their Father. The rivalry of the Maras (gangs) make San Pedro Sula the murder capital of the world. Thankfully, they visited family for a few days and slipped out undetected. Sigh of relief.

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    • afish25 July 29, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      There is no guarantee of safety for humans without a huge price to pay. It’s all about being fearless.


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