in Puebla, México

After a tough academic year teaching at UCSD as a Lecturer, I needed a change of pace. So I accepted an offer to come to Puebla and collaborate with a mental health training program (see program link: http://dornsife.usc.edu/latino-mental-health/home/index.cfm) directed by Dr. Steve Lopez (from USC). I’m teaching a mini-course on research methods and assisting the graduate and undergraduate students involved in the training (mainly they are students in clinical psychology) with their research projects. I’ll only be here a month, so I’m also trying to use this as writing time, time to work on several projects that I have had “pendiente” since a year ago. I just couldn’t find time during my first year teaching – with all that went into prepping classes and working with students – to write. Puebla is a large city of 5+ million, bustling boulevards, big shopping malls, lots of commerce, traffic, and activity. The influence of the U.S. and consumerism is everywhere (from Krispy Kreme donuts and Starbucks outlets to “mega” supermarkets/big box stores). And yet, Puebla has aspects of Mexicanidad all its own (the historic Avenida Juarez, monuments to the Battle of Puebla – where the Mexican army defeated the French on May 5, 1862 (this is the real cinco de mayo), street vendors selling fresh fruit juice, tacos, paletas, and other delicacies). Without a car, my “rumba” consists of walks around the neighborhood where the small room I’m renting is located (in Colonia Concepción Guadelupe), the nearby commercial zone of Angelópolis, and the bus route to the BUAP – Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, where I’m working. I won’t have time to explore much of the city, but soon I will post a photo of the legendary volcano Popocatépetl (aka “Popo”), whose snow-covered peak lying due west of Puebla is currently spouting smoke every morning (quite a sight).


1 Response to “in Puebla, México”

  1. 1 stephenwooten1964
    July 9, 2012 at 2:43 am

    hey there! thanks for the update. i’ll try to leave FB and come see your updates now and then! you know there is a way to have an auto post to FB each time you do a blog update… might help folks know when to visit you here 🙂

    be well!

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