It’s been un buen since I’ve last updated the tumblr. It’s hard to believe we’re already in March and I’ve just got three months left as a Fulbright ETA and working in my current placement schools.
Taking advantage of my placement in México, my mom came for a visit about two weeks ago (I suppose she also wanted to catch up with her daughter as well.. heh). In the few days that she visited Toluca, we fit in a whole lot of touristing, eating, and socializing with the people I’ve met since being here in Toluca. Upon arrival, we headed straight to the pueblo mágico of Valle de Bravo. It was my second trip to Valle and I could visit many times more. It’s a beautiful, colonial town in the mountains about an hour and a half from Toluca. First thing Friday morning, we headed to the monarch butterfly sanctuary.It was an indescribable, totally beautiful experience. Although I’ve heard mention that only half of the usual amount of butterflies arrived to the reserve this year, I found the sheer number of butterflies really incredible. They stack themselves and clump together on trees branches and stumps (see photo above - all the orange stuff is butterflies) and around 1 pm, begin to fly around and head down to the highway to drink water. It was strangely peaceful standing there as the butterflies flew overhead. I could have stood there in silence for an hour or two just watching.A few friends joined us in Valle de Bravo and that night we went on a boat tour of the lake for three hours - drinks, live music, and dancing included. We also made a trip to the Centro de Oración Maranatha in Valle de Bravo. Following Valle, we headed back to Toluca where I gave my mom the grand tour. While in Toluca/Metepec, we made a day trip to Malinalco to check out the exconvento and zona arcaeologica, had dinner with my host family, traversed the extensive tianguis of Metepec, tried garañona at the cantina 2 de abril, and entered more churches than I can count on both hands. I would say overall the trip was a great success.
All visitors are welcome - come to Toluca and say hi!