Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged… let me catch you up on what’s been going on since last semester.
After spending Christmas with my family, I was lucky enough to go to Mexico with two of my friends from high school. As wonderful as the beaches in Mexico are, we decided to focus on some of the more cultural features of the beautiful country. We started our journey in Mexico City, where we stayed in a huge hostel and met an assortment of people from all over the world – Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, France—everywhere! Our friend Jorge took us all around the city to see Diego Rivera’s murals at the Palacio Nacional, the Templo Mayor ruins, beautiful cathedrals, Frida Kahlo’s museum/ house, cool markets, and the Torre Latinoamerica (a downtown skyscraper). I ate so many tacos that I lost count, and even tried eating grasshoppers.
After Mexico City, we took a train to Puebla, a small town on the outskirts of the city. They are known for their Mole Poblano, a delicious chocolatey sauce native to Puebla. At a market, we came upon semitas- the largest sandwiches I’ve ever seen, filled with cheese, carnitas, and chilis.
From there we went to Oaxaca. I had heard wonderful things about this place from my friend who I interned with last summer at Abbott Labs (check out my blog about that!). He recommended going on a tour of the Mont Alban ruins, so we did, and they ended up being one of the highlights of the trip. Oaxaca is a hub of art and culture, and we met so many interesting people and ate so much amazing food.
Honestly, I was pretty sad to leave Mexico—it had been such a great experience and I can’t wait to go back!Meet Archana