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Traveling to Tepotzotlan

This month my son and I have been doing a bit of traveling.

Our first stop was Tepotzotlán, Estado de Mexico. We took the Primera Plus bus from Moroleon to Queretaro to Tepo. Tepotzotlán means “among humpbacks” in Nahuatl referring to the surrounding hills rather than the inhabitants. The Aztec used a humpback person on top of a hill to represent the town of Tepotzotlán in a glyph. Neat huh?

But, back to the present day. The newest thing in bus travel is free Wifi and charging plugs. We couldn’t find the charging port on either bus. My son even crawled around under the seats. Nada. The Wifi was not as helpful as I had hoped either. I had imagined I could get some writing work done while traveling and that didn’t happen. The WiFi, when it was available, was limited at best. Good thing we brought some books to read.

When we arrived in Queretaro, we had to change buses. We pulled into the last stall and had to race down to the very first stall in 5 minutes. Then there were some additional security measures that we hadn’t known about.

We had to check our suitcase at the desk inside first instead of just handing it over to the driver. Then we had to go through the carry on bag inspection and the metal detector. I’m actually not sure that the metal detectors worked though.

Finally, we boarded the bus with less than 2 minutes to spare. Since we hadn’t had time to pick up something to eat there, we accepted the sandwiches and juice the bus company provides. It was rather less than delicious, but it did stop the ol’ stomach from growling.

The trip was uneventful if slightly longer than promised. Before we arrived at our destination, we ran into traffic. At first, we thought it was an accident and although we passed a demolished red sports car and a tractor-trailer on the road, we were routed around it without even braking.

The reason for the delay was the taxi strike. Uber has cut into the taxi drivers business and they aren’t happy about it. So taxi after taxi drove by us without passengers in protest.

We arrived at the bus terminal finally. Daisy came to pick us up. If you remember, Daisy is my online friend that I met in the South of the Border Sisters Facebook support group. Although we’ve been buddies for years, this was our first in-person meeting. Our visit was all that I hoped it would be and more!

We had such a great time visiting with Daisy and her family in Tepo. Can you believe that the area was settled by the Otomi between 2500 BCE and 100 CE then became part of the Teotihuacan Empire? There were some conflicts, including the assassination of the female ruler Ehuatlicuetzin (whose name means la que tiene faldas de cuero–she who has leather skirts) in 1372. Eventually, the Aztec empire extended its domain and absorbed the town. Bet you didn’t know that did you?

Anyway, Daisy’s husband cooked some meat and nopales in honor of our visit. We got to drive around town and see the sights and the family compound. Daisy told us that the area has become quite industrialized in recent years. Shipping companies and factories have taken over what was open fields. Daisy and I blah blah blahed the whole time! It’s good to have someone to talk to once in a while. 

In the morning, Daisy’s husband drove us to the airport for the next stage of our trip.

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Sunday Drive

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Last Sunday I had the full day. No classes, no articles to write. A clear schedule. So we went driving around. We decided that we’d go to some Pueblos Mágicos since everybody and their brother were at the beach for Semana Santa.

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We stopped in Cuitzeo first and I found this gorgeous hand-painted gourd. I had to have it! The artist had a few other things that were amazingly painted as well. I wanted a wicker basket since Cuitzeo is known for its reed basket weaving, but didn’t find one that I liked today.

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Then we went the round-about-way past Huandacareo. Of course, all the balnearios were packed, but we went to the centro. There was an artist set up in front of the church selling some lovely oil painted boxes and paintings, but I had spent too much on the gourd and didn’t have enough money for anything else.

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We found a quiet beach area shaded by mesquite that would be worth a second visit for a picnic lunch. It was deserted at the moment, but the man with a herd of goats said by afternoon it would be packed. Semana Santa and all.

We dropped off my gourd and two plants I bought at home then headed in the opposite direction, Yuriria. As expected, the centro was a ghost town though hopeful artenesia vendors had set up in front of the monastery. They had some lovely souvenirs for sale including wooden lanchas (boats). Yuriria has a crater lake that includes boat rides. We went to check that out as well.

By this time my phone had died so I didn’t get any pictures, but the lake was a quiet, cool drive. It seems like the boats weren’t running, probably because the lake was so low. We are still in the dry season here. We’ll have to check it out after the rains start. There were several quaint restaurants and a recently installed walkway as well.

At the other half-circle around the lake, there was another park. A bit dry and dusty for current use, but probably just lovely in June. Our backsides started to ache at this point, so we decided to head home. We’ll be back though!

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Playing Tourist — An SOTB Bloggers Compilation

Do I have a treat for you! Last year, the ladies in the SOTB Bloggers group worked together to complete the A to Z Blogging Challenge. We picked the topic of traveling in Mexico.  We gathered our travel posts together and are proud to present Playing Tourist for your reading pleasure.

You’ll be able to enjoy our travel adventures in 45 places across Mexico, including everywhere from the most obscure little towns to the bustling metropolis of Mexico City.

The best part is that you can download Playing Tourist FREE in honor of Virtual Vacation Day! You did know that March 30 was Virtual Vacation Day right? Well, if you haven’t planned ahead, consider this little book your passport to your Virtual Vacation in Mexico.

An original compilation from SOTBBloggers

 

 

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Travels with Grace Book Giveaway

Did you know that February 14 is International Book Giving Day? #bookgivingday Mexico is one of 44 participating countries and I have the perfect book for you to gift a child in Mexico!

Erma Note has written a delightful story about a bicultural 9-year old Grace who lives in Mexico City. Her American cousin Connor is coming to visit and Grace wants to show him all the amazing things there are to see and do in the area.

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For those of you that are not in Mexico, you can find Travels with Grace on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. A portion of all book sales is donated to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage. To learn more about how you can contribute to helping the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage, please visit their site here.

Nothing beats a beautifully illustrated hardcover children’s book! So today I’d like to offer a signed copy of Travels With Grace to one lucky winner here in Mexico. Enter HERE.

Note: Winners must provide a mailing address in Mexico to be eligible.

 

Are you looking for other ways to give the gift of reading? You can download bookmarks and bookplates for International Book Giving Day and include them in the books you give today! Take the time to read with a child today!

Be on the lookout for other ways to participate with the hastag #bookgivingday. Check out the official International Book Giving Day site and see if there are any events near you.

 

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