I was SO stoked to visit Cholula. Yessss, I thought to myself, I can plan a spe­cial tour for me and the Diplo­Man to visit the hot sauce-making plant. I can buy a case to get air­mailed to our address in China. Maybe they’ll even have some spe­cial pep­pers for me to taste if I write to them ahead of time.

Before my hot sauce-saturated imag­i­na­tion ran off with end­less pep­per pos­si­bil­i­ties, I decided to Google the town to see exactly what the deal was. Part of me was not sur­prised at all to find that the small town of Cholula, about an hour out­side of Mex­ico City, had no rela­tion what­so­ever to the famous hot sauce that I love and miss so dearly. Of course, the other part of me was com­pletely devastated.

The Cholula that I had not expected to visit is a small town most famous for its yet-to-be-fully exca­vated pyra­mid. If you’re like me and think that all pyra­mids come in geo­met­ri­cally per­fect tri­an­gles or sphin­xes, you might be as dis­ap­pointed as I was to encounter an utterly mas­sive hill with a series of wide stone steps to the top.

On the other hand, after climb­ing to the top, and real­iz­ing that you’re sit­ting on a por­tion of a 400 kilo­me­ter x 400 kilo­me­ter man­made struc­ture with the top razed by con­querors to house their church, you would start to real­ize (as I had) the mag­nif­i­cence and his­tory beneath your feet.

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About Jessie

Thanks for stopping by. This blog was borne in late 2010 as a way to document the sights, eats, and experiences in Guangzhou, China. After two years, six countries, numerous meals, and countless encounters with locals later, I'm back temporarily in Washington, DC (and I love it). I'll be jetting off again to Africa in 2013, so keep on coming back for some good reads!

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