MattHanson1990 wrote:Now that I've been living in Mexico for over a year, albeit on tourist permits (but I will obtain a student visa or temporary residency now that the Mexican government is cracking down on expats living in Mexico on consecutive tourist visas), I will repost my experiences in Guadalajara. I was more ignorant when I posted on this thread a year and a half ago. But thinking about it, I've realized that I was only in Guadalajara as a tourist (yes, I even took four trips there this year). Therefore, I didn't spend enough time to actually get to know its social scene.
My first time to Guadalajara was October 2015, and I was there just for two weeks. First, I stayed in a hostel in Centro Historico, and then stayed at another one near Avenida Chapultepec.
Centro Historico has a lot of beautiful architecture and plazas. But it didn't seem to provide opportunities for meeting people, which I found quite disappointing. Plus, I didn't see a whole lot of beautiful women in that part of the city. The people I saw in Centro were mostly indomestizos or Amerindians.
Avenida Chapultepec I found to be more vibrant, not to mention more opportunities for socializing with others. And yes there were a lot more good looking women in that part compared to Centro Historico. And one day when I played my violin for girls who worked at Lola Lolita (they were handing out flyers on Avenida Chapultepec that day), one of them called her female friend and had her talk to me over the phone. Finally, two days before I flew back to the States, when I went to a discoteca that played mostly norteño and banda, several girls wanted to dance with me (including a couple Mexican-American girls from Chicago).
As previously mentioned, I went to Guadalajara on four trips this year after my first trip there almost 2 years ago. The first two were weekend getaways. I had tortas ahogadas this time around and absolutely loved them (and they are now one of my favorite foods in Mexico). Second trip this year to GDL, I also visited the nearby town of Tequila. Very picturesque with a lot of Spanish architecture.
Third time was just a day trip from Guanajuato and back as I renewed my passport at the U.S. consulate. But the fourth time, I spent three days in the same hostel near Chapultepec I stayed at 2 years ago. And I met an American traveler who was very fun to talk with and down to earth.
Centro Historico is the worst place in Guadalajara to meet women, bro. I mean, you can find more frequently good looking girls in comparison to Mexico City's Centro Historico, but not as much as in Avenida Chapultepec.
Avenida Chapultepec is the way to go. That is where you meet good looking girls, not to mention is where most of the fun is. I did got a few numbers from girls on my trip to Guadalajara back in June of this year to visit family, but also meet lasses, which I am talking steadily to two of them
I am happy to hear you like tortas ahogadas, bro. Another typical tapatio dishes I recommend you are birria and jericalla, the latter is a tapatio dessert similar to flan
. And good you visited Tequila. Very nice quaint town. Did you drank tequila? I recommend you pine nut flavoured tequila. It tastes good.
What hostel did you stayed in Centro Historico? Perhaps I know it as on my last trip, I also stayed at a hostel.