We were craving a bike adventure one Saturday, so we pulled up a map and realized that this small hill is not actually that far from the center. Extra bonus was that the roads seemed pretty easy to navigate! That morning we grabbed breakfast at our favorite place: sweet bread, coffee, juice, fruit parfait, tortillas and your main dish all for about $4.50 USD. Perfect for our Peace Corps budget! After fueling up, we headed out to the cerro on city roads that quickly turned into dirt roads.
Please note that behind me is a huge corn field — we’re not even that far out of town! Now if you remember, Mexico loves their corn. We discovered this week that the oldest sample of corn ever discovered was found right in the state of Puebla. The sample of corn found dates back to 1500 BC!! Please also take note that my enthusiasm for corn is also centered around the fact that it has been a total lifesaver for me since I am gluten-free.
Back to bike adventures… This is the little hill we biked around, and for our next bike adventure we want to actually do some mountain biking and/or trail running.
Another hill — which Neal suspects is part of the 3,000 volcanoes in Mexico — was actually the same hill where we did some training with our hiking club. Neal wants to go back and roll in the dirt some more!
Here you can see just how urban all of this farming really is – those houses on the horizon are the edges of our town. To the left you see nopal or cactus paddle, and to the far right… more corn!
And to finish, I present a weed. A beautiful weed, nonetheless. No one planted it, nor cultivated it, and yet it is still beautiful. Here’s a quote from my old blog…
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we can seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharlal Nehru
What kind of adventures did you find yourself on this weekend? I hope that each one of you were able to find rest and rejuvenation!
Love from Cholula,