One of the suggested day trips in and around Puebla should be checking out Cholula, Mexico. Honestly I went into it somewhat blindly. Rey (our Couchsurfing host) was heading out there and suggested we tag along. I wasn’t about to turn down the suggestion. Surfing with a CS host is kinda like going to a fancy restaurants. When the chef (local) tells you it is good, by God, you better order it.
If you do happen to find yourself there, I highly suggest checking out the Catholic church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. It is not hard to find – it is the highest point in the city and sits on top of some Mayan ruins and you can see it from the other side of town. This obscene and slightly gaudy church built itself on top of a temple – very PC. You can walk around the ruins before heading up to the top. Also, make sure to clap in the courtyard near the altars. The Mayans built their stairs at a certain angle so that when loud noises are made, the sound of the quetzal bird is bounced back at you. It will blow your mind. I promise. There. I saved you like $10 to avoid having a tour guide. Cheap ass bastard I know.
Even though this was not our first rodeo in the ruins department, I am still blown away by the ingenuity of the Mayans.
Also, on your way up the steep ramp to the top of the church, you can find ladies selling roasted crickets. I swore I would NEVER eat a bug but just record Shaun doing it all for us. I would participate vicariously. Rey, Alfredo, Rene and Shaun popped the crickets into their mouth anticlimactically and stared at me.
They all said.
Peer pressure. Something I apparently fail at. Hell, I ended up jumping off a freaking bridge in Ecuador by the end of the trip. I’m seriously doomed if my group started jumping off cliffs.
Hilarity ensued including Shaun commandeering my camera to get my grossed out faces.
But to be honest, it tasted like chile oil covered peanut shells. Oh, and remember to remove the legs before eating. They are known to get caught in your throat.
When you reach the top of the church, make sure to pay homage to one of the patron saints, San Homobono. He has a pair of scissors in his right hand. Did I mention that he is the saint for fashion design?
I think all of us need a patron saint like that. Hell, I’m still searching for the mystical saint of blogging and online income? Right?! Right?! HAR HAR. (Now I’m thinking there can actually be one).
Homobono is freaking fabulous. So fabulous I really wanted to find a buy one of those mini replicas you see everywhere just so I can bring one home to my friend/hairdresser supreme. I’ll rub his belly or something before she starts chopping at my hair.
The church is beautiful and totally worth the trip out. Make sure when you are in Puebla, catch one of the cream buses and ask if they are heading to the colonias to get to Cholula. The entire transportation system is privatized in Puebla so no maps, no routes, and well… good luck with that one.