Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We had heard of Puebla, Mexico for
decades, but had never visited. Getting some itchy feet with our life in
we decided to take a three week trip with Puebla being the first leg of our
We planned on visiting Puebla, Cuernavaca,
Oaxaca, and if we still have gas left in our tanks, we wanted to go back
Our flight, Guadalajara to Puebla,
We took a taxi from
for 400Pesos (currently about $19USD) to the airport, and flew from Guadalajara to Puebla on VivaAerobus for
$50USD one way, per person. It's a little over an hour flight and the price
was hard to resist.
New style of bar codes
We were able to purchase our airline
tickets online, but for some reason, were not able to get our boarding
passes, so we had to stand in line to check in.
Once at the counter, the airline employee
says we must fill
out this health form available by photographing the bar code shown above.
After filling it out with our boarding information, we were allowed to go through security.
Life in the New World Order.
Our friend, who went through a travel
agent to get his ticket, had a paper filled out for him ahead of time.
He simply showed his paper and walked through.
Akaisha and Billy masked up, waiting
in the airport
Masks, of course, are required everywhere
in the airport and on the plane.
Since none of us had baggage, upon
arrival at Puebla airport, we went straight out and to the taxi kiosk. We
agreed to pay 350Pesos and gave a 50Peso tip to take us to Hotel Santiago
which is located in the center of the Historical District. This was about a
30 minute drive.
Bright, colorful letters spell out Puebla
Puebla is the fourth-largest city in
Mexico, and just a two-hour drive from Mexico City. So this town is often a
day trip for those who live in Mexico's federal capitol.
Living in Mexico all these years, I have
heard of Poblano peppers, but I found out on this trip that the people from
Puebla are called Poblanos too!
Some of Mexico's most
beloved foods have their origins in Puebla, most notably Mole Poblano. The
spicy chocolate sauce was reportedly invented here by a woman who was trying
to clean out everything in her pantry.
Who knows? But it makes for a good story.
Map of Centro Puebla, Mexico
We try to stay in very central locations
when we travel and chose Hotel Santiago because it was located just opposite the plaza.
In this way, one only needs to leave the
hotel room and walk a block or so, and the action is all there!
The Price list for rooms at Santiago
Even though the normal price was 660Pesos, we paid 429,
currently just over $20USD.
Our hotel had TV, internet, a desk and a
Our Hotel bill
Hotels in Puebla were heavily discounted
at this time, to encourage tourists to come.
The Puebla Cathedral
About a block from our hotel is this very
In 1862, there was a huge battle here in
front of this church called The Battle of Puebla. The French tried to
establish themselves in this part of Mexico because Europe was interested in
Mexico's silver mines. But Mexican forces under Ignacio Zaragoza defeated
the French army. This battle took place on May 5, which became the "Cinco de
Mayo" reference we in the States hear about.
In 1987, the historic centre of Puebla
was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Puebla main plaza and fountain
with the Cathedral in the background
The Cathedral is an excellent example of New Spanish
Baroque - considered in its time - to be the "eighth wonder of the world".
There are 14 separate chapels in this Cathedral, with the main altar being
Akaisha clowning around
Here I am at one of the many open-air
restaurants on the plaza in Puebla.
Billy just bought me these gorgeous roses
from a young girl who was selling them. They cost 10Pesos (about 50 cents)
for all four!
Mescal has never been my drink, but in
this area of Mexico, it is famous. Here I am given chile salt and lime to
counter the smokiness of the mescal.
Mescal packs a punch and I much prefer
which is softer. We have gone to many
our adopted state of Jalisco. See our
Sophisticated Guide to Drinking Tequila here.
More Puebla specialties are chalupas,
Guava-and-cheese souffles, and chiles en nogada.
Directional signs on the street in
very convenient to have these directional signs located on the streets in
Puebla. One knows just where they are in respect to something worth seeing.
The pork section of the marketplace
market place is quite large and
We have seen so many of these markets
around the world, in
South America, Europe and
Mexico. It is
common and absolutely ordinary to see pigs heads and feet, whole chickens
with their heads and feet still on, and of course all sorts of (to us)
unidentifiable body parts.
Seeing these styles of markets brings me
back to my childhood, when my Mother would drive my Grandmothers to the
local butcher. There in the open would be beef tongue, pig's feet, a snout
or two and some innards.
Coming from Europe, my Grandmothers knew
what to do with these less-favored animal parts. I remember distinctly going
to my Grandmother's home where she was making chicken stock, and chicken
feet were sticking way out of the pot... to me this was ordinary life.
So, marrying a French Chef just seemed
Walking around town, we discovered this
plazita. Apparently it's been there for a hundred years or so and we had a
meal there, sitting outside in the shade of the umbrella.
Mom and daughter having a treat
Family is important to Mexicans and it's
typical to see a mother and daughter enjoying time together. Here you see a
Mom and daughter enjoying a treat in the shade after doing some shopping.
Sandwiches for sale
Puebla is known for their sandwiches too.
Here they are called cemitas, and the filling comes on a sesame seed bun.
They can have a pulled pork filling, beef leg, pounded and fried chicken
breast or ham.
These cemitas are running less than
$2USD. It makes for a very affordable lunch
View of the Cathedral at night from Frenchies Café
Our hotel is about a block away. Right
across the street from this Church is a restaurant called Frenchies Cafe
which had specials every evening. We ate delicious bar-b-qued ribs, tasty
pasta, sandwiches, wings and more.
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