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5 Years in Latin America

Are you aware that outdated saying “El tiempo vuela cuando te estás divirtiendo” (Time flies whenever you’re having enjoyable)? Properly, it’s definitely true, as a result of I simply celebrated a milestone of cinco años en América Latina (5 years in Latin America) and that point completely flew by! I at all times prefer to reflejar (mirror) in moments like these, as half a decade is sort of a very long time. That’s simple to do because of this weblog and all of the posts I’ve made through the years! Let’s see the place the time went…

My dwelling away from dwelling for many of the previous 5 years.

Dwelling in Mexico

He vivido en México durante la mayor parte de los últimos cinco años (I’ve lived in Mexico for many of the previous 5 years). Most of that point has been spent within the pretty seashore city of Puerto Vallarta. We initially deliberate to remain for one month and ended up spending 2.5 years there on and off. It’s simply that particular!

You may learn extra about my Mexican dwelling away from dwelling on this put up – “Bienvenido a Puerto Vallarta.” In the event you’re curious to listen to extra about what it’s like residing there, we’ve got a really detailed video about it that you could take a look at:

También visitamos muchos lugares diferentes en México (We additionally visited many various locations in Mexico). Certainly one of my favorites is Ciudad de México (Mexico Metropolis), often known as CDMX. Learn this put up to see what you are able to do with una semana en CDMX (one week in Mexico Metropolis). It consists of an exploration of the town’s Centro Historico (Historic Heart) in addition to some superior day journeys.

The highest factor to do in CDMX (in my humble opinion) is seeing lucha libre on the enviornment. The well-known Mexican type {of professional} wrestling is an thrilling occasion that’s enjoyable for the entire household. Learn this put up for more information and take a look at a brief video:

También hay muchas ruinas interesantes para visitar (There are additionally many fascinating ruins to go to). I not too long ago wrote about a number of the most well-known Mexican ruins (Half One, Half Two), so head to these posts for extra on wonderful locations like Teotihuacán and Chichén Itzá.

Finding out Spanish

Me gusta aprender español mientras viajo (I take pleasure in studying Spanish as I journey). Earlier than we moved to Mexico, my Spanish was just about restricted to “Me gusta tacos” and “Una mas cerveza, por favor.” We took a 3-week Degree 1 class at Spanish Faculty Vallarta to study the fundamentals and extremely advocate finding out there. You may learn extra about my expertise in this put up.

Plaza Botero within the middle of Medellín.

También tomé clases de español dos veces en Medellín (I additionally took Spanish courses twice in Medellin). This can be a excellent spot to check Spanish and one of the fashionable digital nomad locations in Latin America. I wrote an in depth put up about finding out Spanish in Medellín if you happen to’d prefer to study extra. You additionally would possibly wish to go over this intro to Colombian Spanish.

I virtually forgot about that point I took a couple of weeks of Spanish courses in Lima, la capital del Perú (the capital of Peru). We spent a month there and though we didn’t have the perfect climate, we fairly loved the town. Right here’s a video about our expertise touring there and Santiago as digital nomads:

Para ser honesto, mi español todavía no es muy bueno (To be trustworthy, my Spanish nonetheless isn’t superb). I can get by when touring in Spanish-speaking nations, though I’m having a little bit of a tough time proper now as I’m in Barcelona. The Spanish that’s spoken right here is sort of completely different than what I’m used to in Mexico!

Superb Experiences

What stands out most to me once I look again on the previous 5 years is the sheer quantity of wonderful locations I’ve visited. In my travels across the Spanish-speaking world, there have been dozens of unforgettable experiences.

Machu Picchu Jungle Trek

Machu Picchu!

Up to now 5 years, I’ve been capable of examine a bunch of issues off my lista de deseos (bucket listing). This consists of trekking to Machu Picchu, visiting the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, climbing/tenting within the Patagonia area of Chile, and seeing the Semana Santa processions in Guatemala. All of those experiences have been made even higher because of my Spanish talents, meager as they might be.

And the way can I overlook about celebrating Carnaval in Mazatlán and Barranquilla? Wow was that enjoyable! The motto in Barranquilla is “¡Quién lo vive es quién lo goza!,” which principally means “he who lives it enjoys it.” I lived it and I most undoubtedly loved it! Test this video for proof:

I’ll be without end grateful for all of those experiences I’ve had touring round this fascinating a part of the world for the previous half-decade. I’m additionally grateful to Clear Language for letting me share my tales and movies with you all throughout that point. I hope my posts have been helpful, entertaining, and insightful for all of you curious about studying the Spanish language and the tradition of the Spanish-speaking world.

Now if you happen to’ll excuse me, I’m in Barcelona for the week and I feel it’s time for some tapas!

Hasta luego y muchas gracias a todos!


P.S. I’ll nonetheless be writing for the Chinese language weblog and my web page, Grateful Gypsies if you happen to care to comply with alongside.

Picture taken and used with permission by Sasha Savinov.



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