Living Like A College Kid in Guanajuato

I’ve been in Guanajuato almost one week and have been feeling better. Not only that, I’ve found a better place to stay. I promptly packed up, got out of Posada Juarez and found me a great dorm room in Al Son De Los Santos, which is up the road and on the fringe of where all the action is (the Centro).

The best way to describe Guanajuato is as a college town. There are young people running all over this place and you can’t escape it.

Right in the center of town is one of the most unique buildings I’ve ever seen. I thought it was a church when I took this picture, but it turns out that this is the University of Guanajuato. Anyone who’s a student of the Arts is in Guanajuato attending this university. In fact, when walking around the other morning, I saw about 15 students perched along the curb by the trendy park, Jardin de la Union, sketching the colonial structures as they bend around the alley.

University of Guanajuato

University of Guanajuato

And, of course, with college areas come nightlife. There are lots of bars here and I wasn’t even aware of them until I met a couple Mexican guys, that I’ve since been hanging with. They’re totally cool, around my age and talk to me only in Spanish. Also, we went drinking the other night.

It actually started out with us driving to this little town about 30 minutes outside of GTO to buy some traditionally made Mezcal, which is a better version of Tequila (in my opinion) and similarly made.

We then hit about 3 or 4 bars, but the highlight was definitely this popular bar called Famoso Bar El Incendio. We were lucky to find a spot at the bar and were served various flavors of Mezcal, lime slices and chicharones with salsa. There are several great elements to this bar, from the saloon-style doors, elbow-to-elbow attendance and… wait for it… a urinal right on the wall by the bar (that gets used). Luckily (for you all) that I didn’t have to go because I really wanted a picture of me “Bar Incendio” style.

Famoso Bar El Incendio

Famoso Bar El Incendio

Anyway, a couple nights later I met a few other travelers at the hostel. I hit it off with one of them that has been traveling since Alaska. He’s around my age and from Louisiana. He came in a couple days after me, so we ended up doing the bar scene again. This time, we hit them all and came stumbling back around 3 or so.

What’s great is that each bar is more unique than the last. There’s a Reggae bar, classic Mexican bars, a 4-story, upscale bar… everything. And they’re all within walking distance. Bar Fly was one of my favorites with it’s Spanish Reggae and cool artwork.

Wall Art at Bar Fly

Wall Art at Bar Fly

Unfortunately, after several consecutive days of drinking I need to cool down for a bit. This morning I went to the Panaderia and bought a bunch of Pan Dulce (under a buck) and me and my friend ate them on the rooftop terrace, had coffee and discussed plans. I’m thinking of going to Mexico City tomorrow and might even run into him again in a couple days. Though, he left today and everyone’s plans are different.

As for me, I’ve been looking for apartments in Guanajuato now, too. Everything here is centralized, I have some cool Mexican friends that invite me everywhere and there are a few social activities (mainly drinking).

One thing is for sure. Football starts today and I have good WiFi here at the hostel.

Random Pics from Guanajuato

Jardín Reforma

Jardín Reforma

Tunnel Systems Under City

Tunnel Systems Under City

Plaza de la Paz

Plaza de la Paz

Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato

Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato

Guanajuato at Night

Guanajuato at Night

Teatro Juárez

Teatro Juárez

 

One Response to “Living Like A College Kid in Guanajuato”

  • Larry on September 24, 2013

    Paulie
    Glad to see you are finally settling down to the conservative work ethic and finding your place in society.

    Oops! Wrong Paulie – be safe with all your adventures – your blog is great!

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