Living Like A College Kid in Guanajuato

I’m officially living in Guanajuato now. Here’s a picture of the city from it’s famed statue, El Pípila, which sits on the mountainside overlooking most of the city.

El Pípila - Overlooking the City

El Pípila – Overlooking the City

Guanajuato From Above

Guanajuato From Above

University of Guanajuato in Center

University of Guanajuato in Center

I just secured an apartment here in the center of town and I couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe if it was Puebla, but I weighed the options and lucked into an apartment that I was overly satisfied with.

Here was my list of Pros and Cons…

Pros

  • I have a few friends here. Puebla is alot harder to break into social circles.
  • I’m right in the center of town, within walking distance to everything I need.
  • I’m familiar with most of the streets now.
  • It’s safe.
  • There are relatively few foreigners here with which to speak English
  • It’s close enough that I can take weekend trips to Mexico City, Guadalajara and even Puerto Vallarta.
  • The food is pretty good.
  • I don’t have to spend money to bus back to Puebla, get a room and look for apartments.

Cons

  • It’s rarely hot outside. Mostly upper 60s and infrequent sunshine.
  • It’s quite a ways from any beach.
  • The food isn’t as good as Puebla.

The decision to stay was actually aided by the fact that when I was looking for rooms in Mexico City on Sunday (for Monday night), almost every one I wanted was booked. And, while I was going back and forth on what I wanted to do, the landlord of an apartment I had previously contacted got back to me that day. It was perfect timing. I looked at the apartment and knew the likelihood of finding something better anywhere else would be somewhat of a gamble (though they’re all over the place if you are actually IN a city looking for ‘Se Renta’ signs, in the local papers and through word of mouth).

The Apartment

Here are some pics of my new apartment. I have no plans other than I’ll be here for several months, if not more, working on business and traveling around Mexico when I have time.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Living Room, Bedroom, Den

Living Room, Bedroom, Den

Bathroom

Bathroom

It’s great in that it was recently completely renovated (I’m the first to be in it), it’s 30 seconds to my favorite coffee shop, 1 minute to two different Panaderias (bakeries), 2 minutes to some bars, a guy delivers fresh water jugs right to my door, I have internet, there’s a washing machine and I have my own patio.

The ONLY downside is that Mexico can be loud at times. But I’m getting used to it and it no longer really bothers me all that much – though, as I write this, the couple upstairs is arguing… again. What else is new.

What I’ve Been Eating

Mexican food is my favorite. Being in Mexico, I wanted to live in Puebla because there were so many things that I saw but had yet to try (and certain foods are only made available in certain areas, typically).

That said, street food is always good. Tacos are everywhere, Tortas (Sandwiches on rolls) are everywhere. Quesadillas are everywhere. And they’re all cheap, as in less than a buck each. Since I’m not yet settled in to my place, I eat out every meal. Here is what I’ve been having…

I’ve gone to a few places for breakfast, but my staple every morning has been Pan Dulce and Coffee. It wasn’t until I was walking back to the hostel the other day that I passed the doorway of Panaderia La Luna and I was uppercut in the face by the deliciously aromatic scent of freshly baked bread and donuts. It was so strong and now, every morning, I’m helpless against paying $1.50 for my Pan Dulce and Coffee.

Pan Dulce, Donut, Coffee

Pan Dulce, Donut, Coffee

The other day in the hostel, I had asked for a suggestion of good street food that was nearby. I was told that there was a popular stand run by 3 Gorditas (chubby ladies) that sold Gorditas (go figure), which are thick corn tortillas sliced open and filled with stuff. I ended up getting 2 Gorditas filled with Canitas (pork) and Papas Guisadas (like stewed potatoes and salsa), and 1 Gordita with Beef and Frijoles. I also got a baggie filled with hot salsa which really set the Gorditas off. $2.50

Street Food - Gorditas

Street Food – Gorditas

One of my favorite places for lunch or early dinner is called La Papa Mama. They specialize in baked potatoes and salads and a few other variations. What I’ve been getting lately is this breaded, baked potato with melted cheese and ham inside. It comes with a salad with Italian dressing and has these parmesan cheese balls that are baked and coated with sesame seeds. Also included is this deliciously light homemade tea that compliments this meal perfectly. It may not be Mexican, but it’s good and only $4.

Baked Potato, Salad, Tea

Baked Potato, Salad, Tea

There’s a market by the hostel where I was staying for a week that has all kinds of butchered meats and vegetables that you can buy. At the end is a little ‘puesto’ that sells Tacos and Tortas. Here you can see 2 of the Carnitas Tortas that I bought. They are filled with Canitas, some spicy Peppers and Onions and of course drizzled with more Hot Sauce. The bread is so fresh and tasty. Each one is bigger than a Big Mac and my whole meal here cost only $3.

Carnitas Tortas

Carnitas Tortas

I was out and about earlier today and decided to stop in at Casa Ofelia’s. I had previously heard some decent reviews on this place so I went in to check it out. Sadly, I was talked out of 2 choices I had been thinking of and instead tried one of Guanajuato’s comidas tipicas (food staples), enchiladas mineras. It was ok. This is why I don’t like to eat at restaurants, since the price is double or more. Basically, there were 3 or 4 cheese enchiladas hidden under shredded cheese, potatoes, garnished with salad and a large piece of chicken. It was more presentation and restaurant experience and if I go back it will be to try what I originally wanted, Pozole con Salsa Roja or Enchiladas Tricolores.

Enchiladas Mineras

Enchiladas Mineras

One last note. The blog will probably take a hit in that I’m no longer likely to be blogging one or two times per week now that I’m not on the move constantly, which gets expensive. I’ll still be blogging, though probably infrequently (2-4 times per month). There won’t be much to share since I’ll be working on projects and stuff. But I will be doing things locally, which I’ll write about, and I plan on taking weekend trips, which I’ll also write about.

2 Responses to “Living Like A College Kid in Guanajuato”

  • Patty W on September 18, 2013

    OK Paulie,
    I’m loving your blog, your adventures, and your great sense of humor in your writing!

    All I want to know now is when can I come visit…? 🙂

    Sounds like you’re having one hell of a great adventure my friend.

    Stay safe, have fun, eat great food and drink lottsa mezcal, and keep blogging…!!

  • Claudia on November 16, 2013

    OMG! All that food is making my mouth water!! Going to eat like a pig when I get there. Your blogs are soo funny!!! 🙂

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