Mexico 2010

Mexico has become one of my favourite travel destinations. With its fascinating history, amazing cities and breathtaking landscapes it has anything a traveller could wish for. To break up the harsh Canadian winter, I decided to spend 13 days in the western part of Mexico, to study Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city. My host family was located in the beautiful and safe neighbourhood of Tlaquepaque, a renowned artist’s village, which gave me the perfect base to explore Guadalajara. My teachers and colleagues at the Guadalajara Language Center were amazing and I had a great opportunity to learn more about Mexican culture. In two outings to Lake Chapala I learned about the expat communities that have developed in places like Ajijic and Chapala, where thousands of American and Canadian retirees have relocated to for a sunny retirement. I even met a retired Toronto high-school teacher who now lives happily in Ajijic. He showed me around the whole town.

During two weekend excursions (by luxury bus equipped with wi-fi) I first explored Guanajuato, a historic silver mining town that is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. My local guides Sujei and Roberto showed me the whole city, including the underground tunnels and the somewhat creepy Mummy Museum, and they even took me mountain biking into the mountains outside of Guanajuato.

I spent the second weekend in Morelia, capital of Michoacan, another gorgeous city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. My local expert Rodrigo showed me the city and took me on an excursion to Lake Patzcuaro and the mysterious island of Janitzio, known for its elaborate “Day of the Dead” celebrations. We also visited the historic towns of Quiroga, Tzintzuntzan, Patzcuaro and Cuitzeo. Mexico is always a great experience, and not only did my Spanish improve, I also learned so much about this complex, multi-faceted culture.

There are two things that I am very passionate about: traveling and learning languages. I like to combine both of them where I can and at least once a year I try to go on… Read more.

After my very chilly first night in Mexico I woke up at 7 am at my homestay in Tlaquepaque, a pretty suburb of Guadalajara. Although I had three blankets to keep me warm, the wet… Read more.

During my language study trip to Guadalajara I had allocated two weekends for out-of-town excursions with the goal of visiting some of Mexico’s other colonial cities. I had done extensive research, had surfed the net… Read more.

My first few hours in Guanajuato had already exposed me to so much of the unique history and architecture of this gorgeous Mexican silver mining town. We had started our tour with a visit to… Read more.

After a beautiful restful night in my suite at the Quinta Las Acacias I had woken up really hungry and was looking forward to breakfast. This family-owned boutique hotel was built as a private mansion… Read more.

Mexico Travel – Guanajuato: The Callejón del Beso, the Mummy Museum of Guanjuato and the Famous “Estudiantina” On this busy Saturday morning we had already seen so much in Guanjuato. From a nice breakfast at… Read more.

Over the last day and a half I had received a great introduction to the city of Guanajuato. From the beautiful downtown of Guanajuato, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the historic… Read more.

After this morning’s exciting mountainbiking adventures outside of the city, this afternoon I would have a chance to delve into Guanajuato’s cultural attractions one last time e before my early evening departure back to Guadalajara…. Read more.

On this sunny Monday morning I got up early to download my pictures from my exciting three-day weekend in Guanajuato. I also had to get ready for my first language class at the Guadalajara Language… Read more.

After an interesting excursion to downtown Guadalajara yesterday, I had needed a good night’s sleep to rest up for another busy day. This Tuesday morning I got up early and walked the few steps to… Read more.

I had enjoyed my personal tour through “El Centro Cultural El Refugio” in Tlaquepaque and gotten good insight into the historical and artistic highlights of this Guadalajara neighbourhood. Now it was 3:30 pm and it… Read more.

I got up early again to download all my photos from my Lake Chapala trip yesterday and headed to the Guadalajara Language Center, my Spanish school, at about 8:30 am. Located in the pretty neighbourhood… Read more.

After two excursions to Lake Chapala over the past couple of days, I had another busy day ahead of me. In the morning I was planning to spend some time with Wouter Stut, the owner… Read more.

After a nice tour through the Municipal Market in Tlaquepaque and a Spanish lesson, I was going to head out of town this afternoon. Local expert and professional tour guide José Orozco picked me up… Read more.

My second last day at the Guadalajara Language Centre had begun. During my two hours of instruction we had a great discussion about cultural differences between the United States (or Canada) and Mexico. As we… Read more.

My second and last weekend in Mexico had arrived and I was ready to start my next out-of-town excursion from Guadalajara: I was planning to take the ETN bus to Morelia, the capital of the… Read more.

Brilliant sunshine greeted me again on another gorgeous day in Mexico’s colonial heartland. After a restful night of sleep at the venerable Hotel Catedral, I enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast and then took the elevator… Read more.

After our interesting visit in Quiroga, a colourful market town less than half an hour from Morelia, we had now arrived in Tzintzuntzan, literally translated “the place of the hummingbird”. This historic town is the… Read more.

On a gorgeous sunny morning my last full day in Mexico had begun. The last 12 twelve days had been an absolute whirlwind. After barely a full day in Guadalajara I had gone on my… Read more.