Our honeymoon was an absolute blast! While it was over a year ago, I still wanted to recap it for the blog. We stayed in Mexico City for 6 days, and then rented a car and drove to Tula, Vera Cruz, and Hidalgo.
While we were in Mexico City, we went to the Museo de Antropología, Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera Museum, and, of course, saw Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was incredible because of how HUGE it was. I kept imagining it as a bright, vibrant city, before the Spanish invasion (and even for some time after as well.) It was the heart of Mesoamerican civilization, and such a surreal place to visit. We climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, and were able to see a small excavation of a home there.
We also went to the Zócalo, or main square, in Mexico City. The day we went, they were having an Indigenous Festival, so we stocked up on cool books and great food. There was live music and people were friendly and vibrant, so we just walked around and chatted with people. It was really fun, and felt very “us.”
The last thing we did was visit 2 of my friends from my LDS mission in California. One was my good friend and companion, Brenda Romero. The other was an older man named Honorio, who was a convert. It was so nice to see them after such a long time!
After we left Mexico City, we drove up to Tula. The city itself was nothing special, but it was definitely worth the trip because of the archaeological ruins. There were these massive carved pillars on top of a pyramid. I am always in such awe of how people were able to create and build these pyramids.
We then drove to Poza Rica, a beach town in Vera Cruz. It was a fun little town! It felt very tropical and had tons of seafood. Here we visited El Tajín, another incredible archaeological sight (what else would we be doing on our honeymoon? haha!). This one was massive as well, and felt like the jungle was overtaking it. Seriously so cool. I remember that day was super hot, so we were definitely covered in sweat. It was worth it.
We also spent a day at the beach in Vera Cruz. Honestly, the water was kind of brown and yucky, but we still had a fun day. We got some incredible seafood from a local, so I’d say it was a day well spent.
Last but not least, we traveled up to Huejutla, a small indigenous town in Hidalgo. Jon had done his anthropological field research here (I did mine in India.) So we were able to visit his friends, see the town, and enjoy our last few days together. It was so green and luscious there, not to mention they had great food.
We drove up to Tampico for our last night, enjoyed a nice steak dinner, and flew back the next day. It was a perfect 2 weeks together.
Also, I apologize for the quality of the photos… they are iPhone pictures! I wasn’t too focused on taking great photos.