Notre petite escapade à Cholula avec Amalfi et sa famille :)
A few times when we've done really long hikes with heavy rucksacks in the states, when we come to set up camp I've had really bad pain that stops me from straightening until it passes. Strangely it's manifested itself again over the past few days when we've walked a long way (10km+) but over easy ground and without bags so I figured I'd better get it checked out.
I found a chiropractor that spoke English and got myself a few x-rays (by strolling into the x-ray shop of course!). They clearly showed a displaced vertebrae at the bottom of my spine, apparently from an old injury, as well as a not very curvy curve. So for the next 5 days I trotted down to the doc and got my spine 'adjusted'. It wasn't particularly unpleasant, but a little strange when he dropped the table and my back clicked.
Fortunately we had a lovely camp site and cool young doc, there was also a great ice cream shop in town so the whole experience wasn't as bad as it could be but we did start to get a little stir crazy as I don't think we've stayed in one place for over a week before. We ended up visiting the pyramids again (the 3rd time!) & spent another enjoyable couple of hours checking out the less visited corners.
At the end of the week I can't say I felt any better than normal, maybe even worse to be honest, but I did compress a month's worth of treatment into 5 days so it's not really a surprise. Hopefully it the long run it will prove worthwhile as for the first time in my life I've actually felt old.Read more
Unter dem grünen Hügel ist die größte Pyramide der Welt, gebaut über Jahrhunderte von den Mayas. Diese Pyramide fand man erst vor wenigen Jahrzehnten, selbst als sie Spanier ihre Kirche oben drauf bauten gingen sie davon aus, eine Heilige Stätte auf einen schönen hohen grünen Hügel zu bauen.
I sucked it up and joined a tour to visit Cholula (and Puebla - see next post).
Its a pretty little place with really colourful buildings and this beautiful little church set on what used to be the worlds widest pyramid.
Unfortunately, the spanish came and destroyed the pyramid and covered it with dirt and build this little church on top, so now we cannot see the pyramid and it is now too badly damaged to try and restore, but the church makes up for it.
Inside (cannot take photos) is one of the most spectacular i have seen. Gold and white it is a sight to be seen.
The volcanoes were covered with clouds, so i was not able to get the iconic photo seen in all the pictures.Read more
The next morning Omar disappeared with Karl's (re)broken front rack, had it repaired within half an hour, and refused to let us pay for the repair, before we'd even made a plan for the day. After a relaxed morning we jumped in the car with Omar and his girlfriend Oyuki to tour Cholula, where the main attraction is a church built on top of a pyramid. The Church of Our Lady of Remedies was completed in the early 1600's, but it is built on a massive pyramid of the Teotihuacan era so its foundation is literally thousands of years old. We had another great view of the city from the top, tried champolines (seasoned crickets) and tepache (fermented pineapple juice) for the first time, and even got to tour the labyrinth of tunnels (just big enough for Karl to fit through) that have been excavated by numerous archeological digs through the pyramid. We had cemitas for dinner, a cheese filled torta sub that is famous in Puebla, and spent the evening laughing and practicing our spanish with Omar, Oyuki, Alicia, Omar's sister's family, and his nephews Christian and Moises.Read more
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