Arrival at Alba's
Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
40Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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Everyday Alba cooks amazing Mexican cuisine for us, including a variety of soups, tacos, and other local dishes. Practically every meal in Mexican includes some form of chili, lime, avocado, refried beans and tortilla but I have yet to grow tired of it. One thing I would not recommend however is a "Michelada", a Mexican larger served with tomato juice, chili, lime and salt. Try it at your own peril.
Having arrived shortly before the start of term, we still had a few days to settle in and explore the city
On the first weekend I took a walk with Isobel and a few of the Americans down the railway tracks near our house. After about half a mile we reached a shanty town next to the line, where we spoke with a few of the local inhabitants. One was a former gang member from East Los Angeles, who had been deported from America and was living estranged from his family there. His story was just one of many similar tales we had heard from Mexican immigrants who sought work in the promised land, but had failed to realise their dreams across the border. He was very repentant of his former ways and now strove to keep his friends from violence and robbery. Many of his companions had resorted to drink and drugs but he assured us that noone would harm us here.
The next day we enrolled at CEPE, the University of Guadalajara's language centre for foreign students
Guadalajara has a huge student population so there is a plenty of local nightlife to explore. In the first few days I met loads of other international students (mostly American) at a couple of house parties. We also went to "Mutualista", a popular Cuban salsa bar, which was fun but for those of us who cannot dance salsa there is only so much to keep you entertained. On another night we met up with Becca, a girl who came here three years ago on the same course as us from Warwick, and soon returned to live here permanently. She had plenty of advice for us, and it was strange to think that maybe one day I'll be here dispensing such advice.