Living by myself in Guadalajara, Jalisco
May 1, 2016
One day I woke up and decided to join the crazy life of the so called estudihambres. I wouldn’t reach my goal staying at home, so I decided to choose a new place to live while studying college. Many places popped into my head and I truly didn’t know what to do. I talked with my best friend about it, and (as always) she joined me in the adventure.
Together we looked over international places to live, but we weren’t convinced a hundred percent. Suddenly, we thought: Why not Mexico? Why not our own country? I think we were rejecting the idea because we will be English teachers and we want to practice our English, but still, Mexico was a great option! Available universities and our budget brought us to Guadalajara, Jalisco. I’ve been living here since January, and I keep amusing myself of its beauty.However, living alone was a huge change and I want to share with you the 5 things that happened to me when I moved here.
I noticed the real price of things in the supermarket
As a normal 21 year-old mexican student I used to live with my parents back in Hermosillo, Sonora. When I decided to come and live by myself 6 months, it sounded easy. Well, is not. The first day I arrived to my new house, I was already hungry. I’m always hungry. However, I had to go to the supermarket and buy the basic food to survive by myself. As I walked through the aisles of the supermarket my mom and I frequented back home, I was in shock. Everything I liked, loved or used to eat seemed overpriced. How is it possible to buy things you like to eat when you don’t have enough money? How do mom and dad can afford it every week? All I can say is that prices are a thing to consider and to look at once you are by your own. Now, each time I go to the supermarket I rely on prices rather than brand.
Now that I’m independent, I had to cook, clean and do laundry
Going to the supermarket was easy. Cooking the same recipes and having the same flavor as my mom and grandma wasn’t. I called my mom every time I needed to cook because I needed to know how to do it. I can proudly say that after 3 months on my own, I only call my mom once a week. I’m getting better at cooking, or that’s what I say to myself to feel better. Cleaning my room, the bathroom and doing laundry wasn’t that difficult since I did those chores back home; however, not having someone to remind me to do it was the tricky part.
I started visiting the most important places in Guadalajara
In my first couple of weeks in Guadalajara I considered myself a tourist. I had to visit every popular place in order to be part of my new home. As a consequence, I started knowing my new city. Here are the first three places I visited when I arrived, and I strongly recommend for you to visit them!
- Centro Histórico de Guadalajara is a great place to visit in the afternoon with a friend, couple or family. These is the name they give to all the many beautiful buildings in it such as the Cathedral of Guadalajara, Palacio Municipal, fountains, libraries, etc. You can easily come here and spend the afternoon looking around or eating mexican food.
It is a magnified version of what we call tianguis in Mexico. Here, you can find everything you can ever imagine, from a single ring to a huge television. Definitely a place to get lost in, enjoy and even eat! P.S: be prepared to listen and probably avoid sellers who are always trying for you to buy in their place.
This is a municipality that can be found in Guadalajara. It offers a huge amount of crafts, art, paintings, and beautiful buildings that together represent the cultural tradition from Tlaquepaque. Here, you can spend your afternoon looking around all the culture and art, the beauty of the architecture in the buildings, and, as in any mexican municipality, eating mexican food.
Statue in Tlaquepaque
Local plaza in Tlaquepaque
Of course, these three places were just the beginning in my list of places to visit here in Guadalajara. In my experience, every single market is worth looking at, every single plaza is worth spending time in. My full list of places pending to visit in Guadalajara include:
- Mercado del Mar
- Lake Chapala
- Regional museum
- Bosque Colomos
- Omnilife Stadium
- Avenida Chapultepec
- Any other place my new friends recommend!
I had to start eating local food.
Guadalajara, Jalisco (as any other mexican city) is known for its food. Pozole, tortas ahogadas, jericallas, and birria are some typical food that you can find all around the city, including some fancy restaurants. Guadalajara doesn’t limit itself in just food because they are also famous for its tequila and tejuino, two exquisite and unique beverages. But, the one thing that surprised me the most were the so called taquiquesos. It is an upgraded taco in which the tortilla is made out from grilled cheese. I really don’t know where they come from or if they are a thing from Guadalajara, but I consider them a total success in my opinion.
I realized I have the opportunity to study and travel at the same time
If someday you talk to my friends, I can bet they’ll all say I’m crazy. I’m used to do a lot at all times. So, why should I be different here? I’m that crazy girl who prefers to travel, party and loves meeting new people here in Guadalajara, Jalisco. But still, school means a lot to me. I’m lucky to have my best friend María Renée (whose interests and ideas are similar to mine) because together we managed to organize our life here to study and travel at the same time. Yes, it is possible to study and travel at the same time. Prioritizing and organizing your life (and budget) allows you to do almost anything! So far we’ve traveled and been in places we never imagined ourselves in. We have visited so many new places!
I’m really excited about this new adventure I’m living and hopefully I’ll be telling you more soon about it.