I was originally supposed to work over the independence day puente (long weekend), but fortunately I was given the day off. (Luis should have said, ''treasure it. this is your last day of freedom..'' but that's another story) September 16 is officially Mexico's Independence Day, but the 15th is celebrated for El Grito, the day the first cry of freedom was yelled. We spent el 15 in Coyoacan for the festivities there, and packed up the next morning. With a group of other Fulbrighters, we took a quick little trip to Puebla, a city known for.... Ok well, the truth is, I had very little to do with planning it, and the city isn't even featured in my guide book. I have zero idea for what it's known, besides pretty cathedrals. Maybe I should have bought the Lonely Planet like the others. However, I do know that Puebla is one of the largest cities in Mexico, even though it definitely doesn't feel like it when you're there. Of course, we only stayed in the historical downtown area, but Mexican cities know how to do historical downtown right. It was gorgeous and we had a lot of fun. I stayed in a hostel for the first time, and besides how scary the towels looked that they gave us, it was not bad at all. Definitely preferred to the expense of a hotel, especially when there are several of us going for such a short time. Oh! and for my favorite part.. There are enough Italian Coffee Company locations in Puebla to make up for the lack of them in Mexico City. Seriously.. Five just surrounding the Z√≥calo. I loved it.

I have pictures on Facebook of various places, but once again, you'll have to wait if you want to see pictures here.

A few weekends later, a coworker invited me to go along with her and her friends on a camping trip for her birthday to a place called Huasca, Hidalgo, an area a little bit outside of Pachuca. Be proud, I do know two things Pachuca is known for: its forests and an amazing little food called pastes. Imagine if an empanada met a croissant and they fell in love. You would fall in love with their love child. But I digress... 

Our camping trip was exactly as all camping should be.. We stayed in cabins and we had a pool. Unfortunately, it was much colder there than I had anticipated, but I survived. Mexico keeps surprising me by being cold! We grilled, we ate, we swam, we played card games and told stories.. All in all, it was a great time.