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All About Puebla 2012: The Year in Review

2012 was a big year for Puebla. The state commemorated the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. The city celebrated its 25th year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And the pair grabbed the attention of the Mexico Tourism Board, which shifted its focus slightly away from beach destinations and toward interior ones.

Before the new federal administration took office on Dec. 1, Sectur named six more towns around the state as pueblos mágicos (up from one in the history of the program) and chose the Colonial and gastronomic capital as the next site of its annual travel-industry schmoozefest, Tianguis Turístico. Puebla also received its fair share of international press coverage, with The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur, Forbes, PBS, Fox News, NBC, and Discovery Travel & Living highlighting some of what the city and state have to offer.*

All About Puebla’s contributors covered as much ground as we could, posting 26 new articles and frequently updating our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest accounts. We started offering culinary walking tours in Puebla on behalf of Eat Mexico. We also hosted five events for foreign residents and their families and added another 50 people to our “expat” mailing list. We look forward to doing even more in 2013 — please come back and read these pages often!

To recap, here are a few of our favorite posts from the past year:

—The Rosary Chapel, a shining example of Mexican Baroque architecture, was once regarded as the “8th wonder of the world.”
(Read full post.)

The dome of the Capilla del Rosario

—5 common myths and misconceptions about Puebla, debunked. (Read full post.)

—Murals revitalize Xanenetla, one of Puebla’s oldest barrios. (Read full post.)

The murals in Barrio Xanenetla depict the neighborhood’s cultural identity.

—Get to know the local lingo, or how to talk like a Poblano. (Read full post.)

—A week’s worth of good eats in Puebla, with celebrity chef encounters. (Read full post.)

Mark Bittman, Carlos Zorrilla, Patricia Quintana, Rick Bayless, Marcela Valladolid, and Eduardo Osuna onstage at the International Mole Festival

—Expats create a sense of “home” in Puebla. (Read full post.)

—Finding “Old Mexico” in Pahuatlán de Valle, one of Puebla’s new pueblos mágicos. (Read full post.)

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—¿No hablas español? Study Spanish in Puebla! (Read full post.)

—The “end of the world” as we knew it: Sunrise atop the Cholula pyramid on Dec. 21. (Read full post.)

Sunrise on December 21, 2012, as seen from atop the Cholula pyramid.

We hope you enjoyed our work. We’d love to know what you’d like to read more of in 2013 — feel free to leave us a note in the Reply field below. We wish you all the best in the coming year!

—Rebecca Smith Hurd

    * Full disclosure: I worked with the state’s international affairs office from November 1, 2011, to May 15, 2012, to help promote Puebla, Cinco de Mayo, and the International Mole Festival. Beyond that, I voluntarily acted, either directly (via interviews) or indirectly (via this website), as a local source of information for English-language media coverage related to Puebla in 2012.

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