Clinic Blog: 2011 Mexico Clinic Blog
May 30, 2011
Day 7: tour of Puebla and official lunch with The Rotary Club and the Develyn Foundation
Today was the second day of our weekend, and we were able t sleep in a bit! after that we took a tour bus with an open desk, and we enjoyed a tour of Puebla.
We learned a lot, took tons of picture and even managed to sunbathe.. or get sunburnt...sometimes there is only a very fine line between the two! ;)
Established by the Spanish in 1531 on the main route between the port of Veracruz and Mexico City, PUEBLA was the principal city of colonial Mexico. Over the years it assumed many different names: City of Angels, City of Tiles, Heroic City of Zaragoza. Today we know it as simply Puebla. Puebla's appearance is the most European of all the colonial cities, because it was planned from the ground up by a Spanish city designer rather than being built within an existing Indian community. By 1539, Puebla had a university and was on its way to becoming well-known throughout Mexico for milling, textiles, exquisitely decorated pottery and tiles, and for the architectural beauty of its buildings.Although modern Puebla is highly industrialized, its historic downtown remains a Spanish-colonial treasure filled with elegant 17th and 18th century European architecture and art. When you add a temperate climate year-around, friendly and courteous residents (called poblanos) and delicious regional cuisine, Puebla becomes the ideal place to learn Spanish.
While on tour, we were able to get an exclusive tour of the municipal building (FYI, all the marble had been imported from Italy!), and after that a quick pick of the Chapel of the Rosary and the city's Cathedral. The cathedral is an amazing building and according to some sources it was supposed to be build in Mexico City. Apparently there was a mix up with the maps, and VOILA! Puebla ends up with a cathedral more majestic than the one in Mexico´s capital.
After the tour, we went to the local Marriott Hotel for a pretty fancy dinner sponsored by Puebla's Rotary Club. All their major representatives were there, togetehr with Mr. Develyn, from the Develyn foundation. For sure this clinic wouldn't have happened without their help!
The rest of the evening is free ..between shopping, some last sightseeing and a lot of rest, we all got ready for tomorrow clinic!.. We played tourists for a couple fo days, now time to go back to work!