Puebla 4

Trip Start May 17, 2007
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Trip End Jul 21, 2007


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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hola familia y amigos,          Sorry Itīs been a while since the last dispatch.  As a reminder, keep those luchador names coming in.  Weīve got several great ones so far, but look forward to more.  The contest winner will be announced next Dispatch.          In other news... well, the projects continue to go well.  We hope to get some pictures at each place and post them in our next dispatch.  More recently, last weekend found us braving the buses; we traveled six hours to Acapulco, Mexico, and then north to La Pie de la Cuesta.  It was a much need vacation, and we spent all of it lounging around on the beach.  We got lucky on the prices.  Being "students" of UPAEP allowed us a %50 discount on our bus tickets, and our hotel room was cheap as well, only $30 total for the three of us for one night.            El Pie de la Cuesta is a short stretch of beach about 45 minutes north out of Alcapulco.  Across from the ocean is a large, beautiful lagoon, the site of which is where Rambo II was filmed.  Our day at the beach was spent briefly in the ocean--the waves are much larger than those in Acapulco, due to the Alcapuloīs loction along a large bay--and in the afternoon the lifeguard was preventing people form entering the water.  Nevertheless Sean spent the day reading and lounging around in a hammock, and the girls went on several walks, tanned, and wrote messages in the sand to their families.  Acapulco wasnīt what we expected, but we didnīt get to see all of it.            Also in this dispatch weīd like to address some questions asked of us by Seanīs friend Lou, whose own e-letter provided inspiration for these dispatches.  The questions are as follows, and each member will answer them personally:       1) What's been the biggest surprise so far for each of you?
      2) What do you like most about where you're staying? Least?
      3) Favorite exotic food so far? Least favorite?
      4) Biggest bargain so far? Biggest rip-off?       5) Favorite leisure time activity for each of you?\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>\u003cstrong\>\u003cu\>Sean:\u003c/u\>\u003c/strong\>\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>  1.  The biggest surpise for me thus far is how open and receptive \u003cem\>everyone \u003c/em\>is in Puebla.  The steryeotype of small town America (ala Manhattan) is that itīs friendly and welcoming, and while Manhattan is a wonderful community, the willingness of everyone in Puebla to go out of their way and help, whether UPAEP staff or people on the street, has really challenged my perceptions of American communal generosity. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>    2.  I love our living situation in that because we live with each other, we get a sort of English refuge in the middle of a Spanish culture.  Now this is also my least favorite aspect as well, for why itīs refreshing to loosen up and speak in English, I also think my Spanish isnīt improving as much as it could be. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>    3.  Favorite exotic food.... well I had some amazing shrimp enchiladas at a Cuban restaurant.  Important to note here is that, contrary to the American perception of enchiladas, enchiladas in Mexico only promise "in chile sauce", the literal translation of the word enchilada.  In reality it was just shrimp coated in a chile sauce... but they were mmm-mmm good.  I donīt mean to mislead, as the more commonly known enchiladas exist too--Iīve eaten my fair share.  Least favorite... probably flan, the famous Mexican dessert.  It has the consistency of Jello, another dessert I canīt stand. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>     4.  Biggest bargain: street vendors... cheap delicious food.  Biggest rip off:  the supermarket.  Itīs close, itīs cheaper than grocery stores in the United States, but the large street markets, the ones with chickens hanging at room temperature, which are then sliced up gloveless in front of the customer, put the Supermarket\u003cWBR\>īs prices to shame. I know my description of these large markets is perhaps appalling, but produce and cheese can be safely bought here for much cheaper, and for the meat, just make sure it doesnīt have green spots. \n",1] ); //-->
      5) Favorite leisure time activity for each of you?   Sean:   1.  The biggest surpise for me thus far is how open and receptive everyone is in Puebla.  The steryeotype of small town America (ala Manhattan) is that itīs friendly and welcoming, and while Manhattan is a wonderful community, the willingness of everyone in Puebla to go out of their way and help, whether UPAEP staff or people on the street, has really challenged my perceptions of American communal generosity.     2.  I love our living situation in that because we live with each other, we get a sort of English refuge in the middle of a Spanish culture.  Now this is also my least favorite aspect as well, for why itīs refreshing to loosen up and speak in English, I also think my Spanish isnīt improving as much as it could be.     3.  Favorite exotic food.... well I had some amazing shrimp enchiladas at a Cuban restaurant.  Important to note here is that, contrary to the American perception of enchiladas, enchiladas in Mexico only promise "in chile sauce", the literal translation of the word enchilada.  In reality it was just shrimp coated in a chile sauce... but they were mmm-mmm good.  I donīt mean to mislead, as the more commonly known enchiladas exist too--Iīve eaten my fair share.  Least favorite... probably flan, the famous Mexican dessert.  It has the consistency of Jello, another dessert I canīt stand.      4.  Biggest bargain: street vendors... cheap delicious food.  Biggest rip off:  the supermarket.  Itīs close, itīs cheaper than grocery stores in the United States, but the large street markets, the ones with chickens hanging at room temperature, which are then sliced up gloveless in front of the customer, put the Supermarketīs prices to shame. I know my description of these large markets is perhaps appalling, but produce and cheese can be safely bought here for much cheaper, and for the meat, just make sure it doesnīt have green spots. \n\u003cdiv\>     5.  My favorite leisure time activity is reading... finished Chris Adrianīs \u003cem\>Childrenīs Hospital\u003c/em\>, Dave Eggerīs \u003cem\>What is the What\u003c/em\>, and am working on Thomas Pynchonīs \u003cem\>Gravityīs Rainbow\u003c/em\>... all of which Iīd recommend.  If youīd like a synopsis , or happen to have read one and would like to talk about it, feel free to email me ( \n\u003ca href\u003d\"mailto:pumastar@ksu.edu\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>pumastar@ksu.edu\u003c/a\>, \u003ca href\u003d\"mailto:weareallgiants@gmail.com\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>\nweareallgiants@gmail.com\u003c/a\>).\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>\u003cstrong\>\u003cu\>Molly:\u003c/u\>\u003c/strong\>\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>     1.  There has been many surpises for me in Mexico.  First thing I noticed were all of the Volkswagon Beetles in the city.  No, these are not new Beetles, these are the originals!  The slug bug game got really old really fast in this city.  Apparently there is a huge Volkswagon vehicle plant just right outside the city.  They stopped making the old Bugs in 1995, but theyīre still thriving in the city!  The next thing I noticed is that everybody kisses on the cheek for greetings.  I usually kiss my very close family on the cheeks, but itīs kind of weird to be cheek to cheek with a complete stranger.  It kind of invaded my personal bubble the first couple of times, but Iīve adapted.   \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>     2. My favorite thing about our house is that it is so BIG!  I love big living areas because I get claustrophobic really easy.  I love the location of our house.  Itīs only 1 block away from the school and a half block away from the ĻWalmartĻ like store Chedraui.  I feel completely safe in this neighborhood and love almost everything about it.  My biggest complaint about Puebla in general is the smells!  I walk four feet and smell a new smell.  Some are okay, but a lot are bad.  I think of the top 25 worst smells in the world, Puebla has 20.  Maybe I just have a sensitive nose.  Iīm not much a big city girl.  I like more open areas.  But Puebla has been a very exciting experience.  Itīs the first big city that Iīve ever lived in. \n",1] ); //-->      5.  My favorite leisure time activity is reading... finished Chris Adrianīs Childrenīs Hospital, Dave Eggerīs What is the What, and am working on Thomas Pynchonīs Gravityīs Rainbow... all of which Iīd recommend.  If youīd like a synopsis , or happen to have read one and would like to talk about it, feel free to email me ( pumastar@ksu.edu, weareallgiants@gmail.com).   Molly:      1.  There has been many surpises for me in Mexico.  First thing I noticed were all of the Volkswagon Beetles in the city.  No, these are not new Beetles, these are the originals!  The slug bug game got really old really fast in this city.  Apparently there is a huge Volkswagon vehicle plant just right outside the city.  They stopped making the old Bugs in 1995, but theyīre still thriving in the city!  The next thing I noticed is that everybody kisses on the cheek for greetings.  I usually kiss my very close family on the cheeks, but itīs kind of weird to be cheek to cheek with a complete stranger.  It kind of invaded my personal bubble the first couple of times, but Iīve adapted.        2. My favorite thing about our house is that it is so BIG!  I love big living areas because I get claustrophobic really easy.  I love the location of our house.  Itīs only 1 block away from the school and a half block away from the ĻWalmartĻ like store Chedraui.  I feel completely safe in this neighborhood and love almost everything about it.  My biggest complaint about Puebla in general is the smells!  I walk four feet and smell a new smell.  Some are okay, but a lot are bad.  I think of the top 25 worst smells in the world, Puebla has 20.  Maybe I just have a sensitive nose.  Iīm not much a big city girl.  I like more open areas.  But Puebla has been a very exciting experience.  Itīs the first big city that Iīve ever lived in. \n\u003cdiv\>     3. My favorite food so far has been the enchiladas with mole sauce that we made in our culinary class.  They were magnificent.  The mole sauce was pre-prepared by the chef which took her 4 hours to make and with 7 chiles, tortilla, tomatos, chocolate and much more!  I wish I could bring you all some of this good eaten.  They also make all sorts of water from fruits down here.  You can get cantalope water, watermelon water.  Basically anything you want.  Today I had some good juice that was made from some type of flower.  The worst food Iīve had was the chorizo.  Itīs pork in a sausage form.  Bleck! \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>     4.  My biggest bargain was an amazing quesadilla with meat, flowers from pumpkins and cheese for a buck.  It was as big as half a chipotle.  The biggest rip-off, well, I donīt think Iīve been ripped off yet.  Perhaps Iīm just naive. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>     5.  My favorite leisure time activity is running!  Iīve tried to go every morning at seven and it feels so good.  The mornings here are about 50 degrees and beautiful.  Iīve also tried to start a couple books.  Iīm on Harry Potter Y la Piedra Filosofal.  Itīs the first Harry Potter in spanish. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\> \u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>\u003cstrong\>\u003cu\>Melissa:\u003c/u\>\u003c/strong\> \n\u003cdiv\>     1.  Mexico is one big ball of suprises, and I love it. The first one would have to be how open and friendly the people are here.  Everyone is willing to help you out in any way. Several other suprises are: crazy driving, a two lane road is turns into a 3-4 lane, everyone speaks a little English, when it rains it pours-we have a good size storm jsut about every night and I would have to agree with Molly on the strange ordors found at every street corner. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>     2. I really enjoy that we are sharing a big apartment, own bedrooms and 3 bathrooms-itīs pretty nice.  I really like that our place is close to the University, computer lab, store and only about a 20 min walk from downtown. Oh.. and Roxanna (our cleaning lady) is pretty awesome! She talks alot with us and has taught us how to make homemade food.  My least would probably have to be that I wish there were more students living around us. \n",1] ); //-->      3. My favorite food so far has been the enchiladas with mole sauce that we made in our culinary class.  They were magnificent.  The mole sauce was pre-prepared by the chef which took her 4 hours to make and with 7 chiles, tortilla, tomatos, chocolate and much more!  I wish I could bring you all some of this good eaten.  They also make all sorts of water from fruits down here.  You can get cantalope water, watermelon water.  Basically anything you want.  Today I had some good juice that was made from some type of flower.  The worst food Iīve had was the chorizo.  Itīs pork in a sausage form.  Bleck!      4.  My biggest bargain was an amazing quesadilla with meat, flowers from pumpkins and cheese for a buck.  It was as big as half a chipotle.  The biggest rip-off, well, I donīt think Iīve been ripped off yet.  Perhaps Iīm just naive.      5.  My favorite leisure time activity is running!  Iīve tried to go every morning at seven and it feels so good.  The mornings here are about 50 degrees and beautiful.  Iīve also tried to start a couple books.  Iīm on Harry Potter Y la Piedra Filosofal.  Itīs the first Harry Potter in spanish.   Melissa:      1.  Mexico is one big ball of suprises, and I love it. The first one would have to be how open and friendly the people are here.  Everyone is willing to help you out in any way. Several other suprises are: crazy driving, a two lane road is turns into a 3-4 lane, everyone speaks a little English, when it rains it pours-we have a good size storm jsut about every night and I would have to agree with Molly on the strange ordors found at every street corner.      2. I really enjoy that we are sharing a big apartment, own bedrooms and 3 bathrooms-itīs pretty nice.  I really like that our place is close to the University, computer lab, store and only about a 20 min walk from downtown. Oh.. and Roxanna (our cleaning lady) is pretty awesome! She talks alot with us and has taught us how to make homemade food.  My least would probably have to be that I wish there were more students living around us. \n\u003cdiv\>     3.  My favorite food is Mexican so Iīm in the right place.  I love the wide variety of salsa: rojo, verde etc.  I love the tostadas and I love making tortillas from scratch! I also really like the Nepol we made in cooking class with tomatoes, cheese, onion and cactus.  My least favorite food is Chicharon which is pig skin- not a fan. \n\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>        4. Biggest bargin is our student discount from UPAEP on\u003c/div\>\n\u003cdiv\>   bus fare- we get a 50% discount! Making our trip to Acapulco only $44 instead of $88!!!! The biggest rip off -humm I canīt really think of one.\u003c/div\>\n\u003cblockquote class\u003d\"gmail_quote\" style\u003d\"padding-left:1ex;margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:#ccc 1px solid\"\>\n\u003cdiv\>     5. I really enjoy listening to music and either playing cards with Sean and Molly or writing in my travel journal. I also love to go on long walks around the city. \u003c/div\>\u003c/blockquote\>\u003c/div\>\n",0] ); D(["ce"]); //-->      3.  My favorite food is Mexican so Iīm in the right place.  I love the wide variety of salsa: rojo, verde etc.  I love the tostadas and I love making tortillas from scratch! I also really like the Nepol we made in cooking class with tomatoes, cheese, onion and cactus.  My least favorite food is Chicharon which is pig skin- not a fan.         4. Biggest bargin is our student discount from UPAEP on    bus fare- we get a 50% discount! Making our trip to Acapulco only $44 instead of $88!!!! The biggest rip off -humm I canīt really think of one.      5. I really enjoy listening to music and either playing cards with Sean and Molly or writing in my travel journal. I also love to go on long walks around the city. 
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GLORIOUS PICTURES!!!
wOw---THOSE PICTURES ARE AMAZING...I WANT TO GO THERE!!! AND SEAN BUDDY...I LIKE YOUR SHIRT...KEEP POSTING MORE PICTURES THEY ARE AWESOME AND I LIKE SEEING WHERE YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN, WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING FOR THE PAST MONTH!!!!

-JUSTIN MOSS

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