Yeah, we got lost… Not incredibly bad. On Tuesday morning we got up pretty early and left the hotel by 8:30 to make our way from Puebla to San Miguel de Allende. It looked pretty far on the map since we wanted to go as far north as we could in order to completely avoid Mexico City and still arrive before dark. We started out going west towards Mexico City and then exited on a road which we thought would take us north. Instead we ended up going back east the entire way to Tlaxcala city which is directly north of Puebla where we started! After going a few kilometers north we doubled back west on a different road. We both agreed that Puebla city and the state of Tlaxcala are the best places we’ve been so far. Tlaxcala is the perfect temperature (75 with a slightly cool breeze) and so incredibly green. There are actually trees with leaves and alfalfa fields and green hills. Beautiful! The roads were fabulous too and they were the cheapest toll roads we’ve been on so far. It reminded us of driving through central Minnesota or Wisconsin. So in the end we weren’t too upset about the detour because we got to see some very beautiful countryside.
After getting back on track we skirted around Pachuca and headed west on a terrible two-lane road that snaked through the dry countryside towards Querétaro. Then we went north to San Miguel. The streets of San Miguel are cobblestone, full of topes and very skinny. We were lucky that our hotel – Posada de las Monjas – is on a main street and has totally private locked parking. Especially since the entire back is now full of pottery!
Unfortunately, as I was planning out our evening tour route Mex got horribly sick. He was sick from 4ish until 7:30 when I had to go out to get some food and water. We hadn’t eaten anything except rolls for breakfast and some chips we brought with us the entire day. He decided to come with me and seemed to feel better until about three minutes after we sat down at the restaurant where he got sick again. We got our food to go and stopped at the pharmacy where they loaded him up with 3 different kinds of pills to help kill the bacteria, etc. Thankfully, he hasn’t been sick since then and he bought extra pills just in case. We have both been sick a number of times and in a number of different ways and we are never sure what causes it. Usually when one of us has gotten sick it has been on a day where we’ve eaten exactly the same thing so it makes no sense at all! Oh well… we’ve definitely learned how to live through it although Mex is still upset that most places here don’t actually have toilet seats on the toilets. Remember that when you travel around the countryside in Mexico! And don’t forget your own toilet paper and hand soap!