Part Dos (2) Mexico 1973

22 Jan

The University transport chugged along through the mountains from Mexico City to Puebla. We were high enough that my ears popped 2,240 meters (7,350 ft). I never had altitude sickness thank God, but some of the students did.

Arriving in Puebla, I shared a room in a boarding house with a fellow traveler, Lela from Colorado. She was blond where I was dark. We both had four siblings and were raised Catholic. We even unpacked the same perfume. As a Spanish major, her Spanish was much better than mine. We became fast friends. The room included meals which were an introduction to Mexican cuisine. I’d never eaten tortillas in my life. Their fragrance was nothing I’d ever experienced. I found it strange at first but later it meant Mexico and home to me.

The wonderful corn tortillas of central Mexico.

The university was closed for summer break. In order to receive credit for a full semester we had a three-week class called Introduction to Mexico. It was an amazing three weeks. Week ONE covered pre-Hispanic Mexico. We learned about the Aztec, Olmec and Mayan civilizations. We traveled in the little green bus to Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City. We dined on traditional mole (MO-lay, like guacamole) Poblano, a bitter spicy chocolate sauce poured over chicken or vegetable filled tortillas. The recipe has more than 20 ingredients and is kept secret, handed down for generations.

I LOVE mole, but Lisa not so much.
Gotta love the grunge look and long hair of the 70’s.
Teotihuacan, (Aztec) on top of the pyramid of the moon with the pyramid of the sun in the background.
Replicating the places I visited in 1973, 44 years later.
The Temple of the Feathered Serpent is the third largest pyramid at Teotihuacan, a pre-Columbian site in central Mexico. This structure is notable partly due to the discovery in the 1980s of more than a hundred possibly sacrificial victims found buried beneath the structure. Wikipedia
Olmec carved basalt boulders dating 900 BC near Vera Cruz.

Our Week TWO of Mexican Culture covered Colonial Mexico, Spanish influence, cathedrals, indigenous rights and revolutions. Stay tuned next week for more adventures part three.


13 Responses to “Part Dos (2) Mexico 1973”

  1. emilys72016 January 22, 2023 at 11:28 am #

    What a wonderful, life-changing trip you took. I can see why it would influence you later to move to Mexico. I would have loved to do something like that in my earlier days. Thank you for sharing it with your readers!

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    • afish25 January 22, 2023 at 11:44 am #

      And those three weeks were just the beginning. It’s so much fun to tell this story.

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  2. LJones January 22, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

    Very cool!! Can’t wait for next week 😊 see you in March:)!

    Lorrie Jones
    Simple Serenity

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  3. Andrea January 22, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

    Enjoying your trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing . Unfortunately I think our GW ration had the the best of travel experiences . I worry for my grandkids not being able to see the world like we did .


  4. Jack Scott January 23, 2023 at 5:00 am #

    A life-changing experience – amazing!

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    • afish25 January 23, 2023 at 9:09 am #

      It was that. When I returned home, I felt like a stranger in a strange land. No one understood my experience or my longing to return.

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  5. Lois Leahy January 23, 2023 at 9:27 pm #

    I agree, when you return, no one understands your experience. “Hey, how are you? How was your trip?” But they really only have a short attention span about it.
    I was such a purist that I decided NOT to take pictures, one, to not appear like a Gringa Tourist, and two, that I would ALWAYS remember the details. Ha!

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    • afish25 January 24, 2023 at 11:21 am #

      The same happened after two years in Japan. It was hard to acclimate. I think that was my first experience with depression.


  6. Emilie January 26, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

    I sure wish I could have had a year in Mexico when I was in college!

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