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“Excellent place for Language Study”
Review of Guanajuato

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
7 helpful votes
“Excellent place for Language Study”
Reviewed 24 September 2009

I just returned from 2 perfect weeks of Language Study tourism in this lovely and unique Colonial city, located in Central Mexico. A mid-sized university town awash with history and arts, numerous plazas replete with outdoor cafes and restaurants, and narrow cobble-stoned pedestrian streets free from cars and lined with bright colored houses--a perfect walking city.

The same quality makes it the perfect environment to relax and live for a few (or many) weeks, while studying Spanish language at one of several Language Schools. I very strongly recommend the "Escuela Mexicana": besides the obvious strengths-- centrally located, very professional, great value for the price (cheaper than many of its competitors), and vibrant social and cultural trips--it's the teachers that are truly impressive! I have studied at language schools elsewhere in Central America, but never have I encountered such a collection of highly educated and diversely interesting teachers (with university degrees in literature, philosophy, and history). This is especially valuable to the intermediate and advanced language study, as it makes the conversation classes that much more interesting. With one-on-one or small group classes tailored to ALL levels, and an age range of students 7 to 70, it has something for all.

I stayed with a family, as a homestay, which is common and easy to arrange through any of the language schools. Excellent way to get a deeper sense of the culture and place -- but be forewarned, as the city is set in a steep bowl of a valley, many houses are quite a steep climb up narrow streets at 6000ft altitude, so if you are not in good shape make sure you stay somewhere central.

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Guanajuato, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
9 reviews
29 helpful votes
“La Bohemia Restaurante-Bar....good food in the heart of downtown”
Reviewed 12 May 2009

La Bohemia is a small restaurant in Guanajuato's main plaza, the Jardín de la Unión, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. It also offers delivery.

The restaurant offers several breakfast items including omelets, chilaquiles, cereal and a refreshing fruit plate. The fruit plate was good, but a bit expensive at $35 pesos.

Lunch and dinner choices include hamburgers, various sandwiches, enchiladas, quesadillas, steaks, fish fillets, milanesa (breaded beef or chicken cutlets), and stuffed chicken breast. There are also several appetizers, soups, salads and desserts from which to choose.

Besides the lunch and dinner choices on the menu, the restaurant offers a meal of the day ($55 pesos), which includes your choice of two soups, your choice of two entrees, rice, salad, bolillos and a fruit drink (agua fresca). The owner has about 50 dishes that he plans to rotate for the meal of the day.

The restaurant serves coffee, tea, soft drinks, agua fresca (water blended with various fruits like melon, pineapple and guava) and a variety of alcoholic drinks.

The milanesa de pollo (breaded chicken cutlet) was cooked perfectly and not greasy. It was accompanied by a mound of rice/mixed vegetables, a small salad (really a garnish) of shredded lettuce and a few tomato and cucumber slices, and bolillos. The dish was attractively presented and delicious. The drizzle of dressing on the salad tasted freshly-made. A good meal for $55 pesos (not including drinks).

The service is good and fast. There are only ten tables, so you may have to wait during peak times.

Prices are about the same, or even a bit lower, than other restaurants in the downtown area.

The owner told me the restaurant will soon have menus in both Spanish and English as well as new, more comfortable chairs.

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St. Catharines, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
42 helpful votes
“Undiscovered charm and beauty”
Reviewed 28 March 2008

Guanajuato, the childhood home of Diego Rivera, was at one time a big time silver town. It has (as a lot of Mexican cities) a charming, old core. Mexico has the 1500's buildings still standing beautiful. Been surrounded by hills, some streets are actually stairs. Hundreds of stairs going up. What a view!! Two universities. A good smattering of English residents. Perfect core for tourists to meander, shop, great restaurants. Saturday night is a treat with whirling musicians in front of the cathedral or walk a little to hear one of the several Mariachi's playing by the outdoor restaurants...Atmospheric...The buildings in the heighborhoods are painted very colourfully. Climate is warm and dry...not humid as quite high in the desert....worth going to.

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Wiltshire
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Mexico at its best”
Reviewed 30 December 2007

Guanajuato is a friendly town with a lively student population,It has a great climate, we went in February and it was in the mid 70s and very sunny. The main plaza the jardin is a lovely shady square surrounded by restaurants and bars with live music in every corner. In the evening everyone goes out to eat or just si t around often grandparents ,parents and children all together as a family. Though there are lots of students around they were very laid back and not at all intimidating, in fact the whole place was very friendly and felt totally safe, even wandering around at night.
It is also a very clean place, no litter and the rubbish collected every night. Meet in the jardin in the evening to see the musicians and performers from the university in traditional dress, then follow them around the town in the paseo. Great fun!

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Sanibel, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
23 reviews
41 helpful votes
“Guanajuato Great as Ever”
Reviewed 5 October 2007

Only there for 1 1/2 days this time, but could see that it still sparkles. My husband and I were looking for El Zopilote Mojado Motel which is a bit hard to find but worth it. A young man saw us wandering around and tried to explain it. When he could see we were going to miss it again, he walked us the two blocks there.
Another man saw that I was wearing the colors of the Mexican Flag on a ribbon, stopped to tell us what was going on. When he realized we were not new to GTO he congratulated us on what we did know.

We were glad we had not known our way exactly, because half the fun in GTO is wandering up and down cute streets and alleys. GTO will always be our first love in Mexico.

Saludo,
rumba

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