Mexico

For the summer of 2015 I spent just over a month living in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, studying Spanish.

It was one of the most defining, awe-inspiring experiences in my life so far.

 
 
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San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is not what I expected in the slightest.

Full of mystery and excitement. I was enchanted before my first day was over.

I took 5 hours of classes each day during the week, spending the rest with new friends on adventures.


 

In the beautiful, ancient city of San Miguel de Allende I learned the streets quickly, making my way around to different cafes and hot spots. My goal has always been to never be a tourist, but always be a traveler.

Whenever given the opportunity, I tried my best to speak Spanish, asking questions in shops and when ordering in restaurants. It was hard and I often got frustrated.

But friends (Mexican and otherwise) were extremely supportive and we always figured out how to communicate in the end.

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During my stay, there were two adventures that made a major impression on me.

A day traveling the local Mayan ruins of course made for the most interesting history lesson I've ever heard.

Between that and rock climbing by a waterfall in the botanical gardens I got my fill of adventure around the city.

With only a month to explore I spent time in coffee shops and chocolate tastings, dancing and writing the nights away.