Sunday we met up with all the others involved with Youth Exchange in Rotario Atlixco-- inbounds, counselors, YEO and families. We took the 1-2 hour drive into the state of Morelos and the Pueblo Mágico Tepoztlán.
The cliffs surrounding the city possess the green lushness that the Poblano countryside lacks. The mountain in particular that we-and many others- came to visit rises up from Tepoztlán. Where you can walk from the city center, down a street lined with vendors and stores only to keep going up, up, and more up until you reach the ruins that peak the cliff. In total it’s around a 2 km hike up. The path consisted of partially constructed rock steps mixed with naturally formed rock piles. The altitude or frequency of rain made it so the rocks were slippery and random drops would fall down from the green canopies above us. As with the other ruins I have visited, I try to imagine the builders and hundreds of people who have lived and walked the paths before me.
Tepoztlán is known to have a connection with the Earth chakra- and along the way up there were some meditators and other “spirit cleanses” taking place to the sides. Safe to say I found a hippie town. With that hippie spirit comes VEGETARIAN FOOD!!!!!!!! I was pretty happy when we sat down for breakfast and there was vegetarian tacos on the menu. For after the hike there was a delicious vegetarian burger that I enjoyed as Giulia, Isadora, and Emi, enjoyed their genuine hamburgers.
Updates have definitely been slow to come- this can be blamed on laziness and my family giving me their Netflix password, and other stuff that I am too lazy and tired to think of at the moment...
See you sooon :)
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Hello, I’m Isabel Hogg, a Rotary Foreign Exchange Student for the 2018-2019 school year. Story 18 is a documentation of my year living in Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico.
Youth Exchange “Slang”
Outbound: A person departing a country, similar to emigrant
“I am an outbound from District 5970”
Inbound: A person coming to a country, similar to immigrant
“I am an inbound to District 4185”
District: Divisions of countries/states that organizes Rotary clubs across the world
Rotex: An Exchange student who has already completed their exchange term
RYE: Rotary Youth Exchange