I have nothing to do the rest of my life but do it and the rest of my life to do it

I walked down to Chapultepec Park Wednesday afternoon to see the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia). It had an extremely beautiful interior and was laid out very well, not to mention all the authentic artifacts from the area. While I’m not usually thrilled with natural history museums, this one was definitely worth going to.

This square was on the way, in Chapultepec Park.

Tall statue things in a square
Tall statue things in a square

And then these were from the actual museum. This was a cool fountain in the center/atrium area.

National Museum of Anthropology
Because fancy showers have been loved for 10’s of thousands of years

This is the famous Piedra del Sol, or Sun Stone, which was mistaken for an Aztec calendar I think. People just fought on it and stuff.

Piedra del Sol. Sun Stone
Dwayne Johnson was born on this
Interior of the museum
At least with a museum of huge rocks you can save on security

These guys were my favorites. From the Oaxaca region I think. Basically just a bunch of hand-carved goofy figurines.

Statues of weird dudes
I don’t know why, but I want one

Took a leisurely loop back through more parts of Mexico City on my way back to my apartment. Founds a pizza hut and a closer grocery store, so I think I’ll survive the week.

Thursday I took the metro into the center of the city to walk around a bit. I had to wait like 3 metros for one that wasn’t impossible to get in, and even with that one, I’m pretty sure I’m pregnant now.

Museum of art and stuff
Museum of art and stuff

And the rest of the week I kind of just hung out in the apartment, cooked some food, and wandered around the streets of Roma and La Condesa. I grabbed a drink with a couple friends I had met in Valladolid at some weird place that was somewhere between a German beer hall and a cafeteria, complete with drinking and dancing in back.

I did go to “museum night” in Mexico City but it was a little underwhelming and I was moody, so I plan on just going back and doing the museums I want to do properly.

Then on Saturday I went to Puebla. It’s a smaller, Spanish colonial city with pretty streets and a million churches. I feel like I walked a marathon wandering around. Here are some pictures.

A street in Puebla
No community rules on paint colors
Church #1 of 42,000,000
Church #1 of 42,000,000
Fountains in Juárez Park
That church doubles as football uprights

Like a lot of places in Mexico, there was a very active market this weekend. People just sell everything to each other. It ranges from crafts and food to clothes and worthless gadgets. This one, however, also had an antique market area which had a lot of cool handmade goods, old collectibles, and thrift store items. It was actually a pretty nice market.

Antique market in Puebla
Frog lawn ornaments are timeless

Then on Sunday afternoon I went to the nearby town of Cholula. It was actually a nice town too, looked a little hipster, but it’s known for its pyramid that is raised up in the center of town. It’s the largest pyramid by volume in the world, allegedly.

View from the top of the hill in Chulula
Mexican construction workers are afraid of heights
Surprise surprise, a church at the top of the hill - Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios
Surprise surprise, a church at the top of the hill – Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios
Some ruins
In case you weren’t sure what ruined stairs looked like yet
More ruins
More ruined things

The Great Pyramid of Cholulua. It’s supposedly the largest pyramid by volume in the world.

The Great Pyramid of Cholulua
Because your mom isn’t technically a pyramid

And then I went back to Puebla and wandered around trying to find food. I didn’t find any, and I was exhausted, so I bought my staple convenience store meal of yogurt, dark chocolate, and milk. Authentic Mexican experience if you ask me.

Amparo Museum is a pretty big deal here in Puebla. I wasn’t really that impressed though. I was one of the few people wandering around in there, and there was tons of security. Like I’m going to steal a picture of an old poor person. Anyways, it was unnerving.

As underwhelming as the actual museum was, the top of it was amazing (really the building was cool too).  Here were some views from the top of it.

On top of Amparo Museum
It was a 360 view but only about 90 of it is worth it
View from Amparo Museum
Inconvenient cityscape for chimney sweeps

So that’s Puebla I guess. A smaller city with friendly people and nice architecture. Like everywhere else in Mexico, the public spaces were really busy at night. But a couple days were enough there, so after a relaxing morning getting some work done, I was on the bus to Oaxaca.

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