Tula Nov 17
Tula is located about 40 miles to the north of Mexico City. Site was very nice, but it was stuck out in the middle of the God forsaken desert. What were the ancients thinking anyway? After I got off the bus in Tula I asked for a taxi to take me to the Tula site. It was just a little way out of a semi bustling town of Tula located on the main highway going into Mexico City. I went to the museum part first and looked at the displays. There were not many but they were interesting. No pictures of course. I spent two or three hours and as it was hot I didn't wear my vest. I managed to get some sunburn. I walked all over the place. I climbed the pyramid with the Atlantes standing on it and was awed by their huge size and detailed carving. The site was under construction and many repairs were being made to that pyramid. There were several other parts that were still not well explored or had as yet to have work done to the mounds. I surveyed the whole place from the top then climbed down to get a look at the ball court. The area was marked off so you could see the perimeter and the inner ball field. On the way back down the dusty trail I stopped at a couple of vendor booths and bought a couple of obsidian pieces. Small, as the trip was just beginning. I caught a taxi back to town that was waiting at the entrance of the site and managed to board the bus back to Mexico City without any problem. I even found a good ham and cheese sandwich in the bus station café.
I was able to get the pictures copied on a CD in Jalapa. I found a Cannon camera store that had a digital disk machine and in 15 minutes had all the pictures copied to date. The Internet is certainly a vital business in Mexico. Even though the hostel in Mexico City didn't charge for its services, the line was knee deep to use it. The one in Jalapa charged a dollar an hour. When I arrived in Villahermosa today, the hotel had a computer with out a disk drive and I would have had to stand in the middle of the lobby to use it. No chair provided. I found another Internet cafe, just down the street, so for fifty cents an hour I finished putting the pictures on for Jalapa and the museum there.