Blog a la Pibil

"Blog a la Pibil" was born in Mexico, and was originally based on the adventures of Josue and Lupita, who were traveling in Mexico for two months. This blog is now a continuation of the life of Lupita, who has been restored to her life as a mere mortal in Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

¬°Feliz Cumpleanos a Mi!

Today, as I celebrated my 29th year on this planet, we took a bus from Puebla to Oaxaca. We were only in Puebla overnight, but it was enough to understand why Puebla is one of the culinary centers of Mexico. After eating albondigas and mole verde for a practice birthday dinner (the real one is tonight), we walked through the zocolo, which was lit up with green lights and crowded with families and balloon vendors. A churreria on the corner caught our eye - an old man with thick glasses cut churros with scissors and rolled them in sugar and cinnamon. We were stuffed from dinner, so we bought only two. This churro tasted like a piece of cloud had floated down from the sky and been deep fried. The outside was crunchy and sweet; the inside was creamy and doughy. It was with not a little regret that we left Puebla this morning before the churreria opened for business.

We arrived in Oaxaca about two hours ago, and we have already managed to walk through two markets and sample hot chocolate, one of the many food items for which Oaxaca is famous. Oh, and Josue was also plied with several samples of mezcal, a strong drink resembling tequila. Oaxaca is a small city high up in the mountains. The bus ride took us up windy mountain roads, which were slick from a continuous drizzle. The sun burst through the clouds about five minutes ago - a fitting prelude to my real birthday dinner. We start Spanish classes again tomorrow. Hopefully, I will test into the intermediate level - I studied verb conjugations in the train station this morning as part of my desperate attempt to scramble out of beginner Spanish. I'll keep you posted.

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