I'll be in Oaxaca City for three months! Where should I live and what should I do?
June 15, 2011 9:13 PM Subscribe
I'll be living in Oaxaca City for three months this summer, and I'm looking for all sorts of tips about where to live and what to do. Bonus: I'd love suggestions for art/literary/queer events; bilingual & mixed Mexican/foreign social contexts; room/apartment-finding advice.
posted by soviet sleepover to travel & transportation around Oaxaca, Mexico (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a few specific questions below, but would love any general tips, specific anecdotes, tales, advice, etc. What did you do in Oaxaca and why was it a great or terrible idea?
Some context: I'll be living in Oaxaca for three months going to language school--probably the Instituto Cultural, though I've also considered the "Spanish for Foreigners" department at Benito Juarez Autonomous University (and I'm open to suggestions--I prefer to avoid the one-on-one conversation school model in favor of small group classes with textbooks and formalized lesson plans).
I'll also be looking to rent a furnished apartment, which I'll probably share with a friend who'll be joining me for half the time. I'd love tips about pleasant neighborhoods nearish the zocalo, as well as any specific advice about folks to rent from or avoid. My Spanish is probably lower-intermediate, i.e. not good enough to confidently call folks on the phone to ask about apartments. I already know about the Oaxaca Lending Library. Any other great resources for house-hunting? Any especially great neighborhoods?
If I don't have internet access at home, is there any non-expensive way to communicate with folks in the US using my existing cellphone (an HTC EVO on the Sprint network)? Scavenging the Sprint site, my guess is "probably not," and I'm fine with going to internet cafes for Skype, but would love a more convenient option.
Finally, but probably most important once I get settled: I'm shy in 2nd language contexts and would love to find queer/art/literary events that are bilingual or otherwise have mixed Mexican/expat contexts.. Thanks so much!