This was my second visit to Oaxaca, and second stay at the Oaxaca Learning Center. Oaxaca is a sublime art and cultural destination, with a sweet and hospitable population that is mostly made up of several distinct indigenous groups. As a single woman I appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the Learning Center, and support it's educational mission. But for me the best part is the good advice dispensed daily by Gary Titus, who founded the place. Having breakfast with Gary each morning is incredibly helpful and comforting. With my poor Spanish, I would never have been able to get around so well without him! Also, Gary is well-connected in the ex-pat community and has lived in the city for nearly 30 years. As a concierge, he has lots of good suggestions and is always ready to call you a cab, find you a doctor or dentist (it happens -- and the rates are affordable!), and generally shepherd you through this fascinating city and its many surrounding and sometimes remote villages. He put me in touch with an ex-pat hiking group that enabled me to visit remote areas I would never have travelled to alone. Also, I think anyone exploring the possibility of snowbirding in or retiring to Oaxaca would be well served by an extended stay in the center's lovely upstairs apartment. It provides a safe, quiet and comforting home base, and Gary's knowledge could be most helpful when deciding about making Oaxaca one's permanent long-term residence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our comfortable and friendly B&B is a socially responsible accommodation that helps local youth. We have two pleasantly-appointed bedrooms with private tiled baths and a rooftop self-sufficient, fully equipped one-bedroom apartment. All accommodation includes comfortable beds, fans, telephones, DSL connections and continental breakfast. The B&B is part of the storefront Learning Center - a life skills and tutoring program for young people from rural villages. 100% of the funds raised from the B&B support the programs and operation of The Learning Center. ... more less