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La Hacienda Spanish School; Guanajauto, Mexico

* This review was written when I studied at Adeltia Spanish school in Guanajauto. The teachers I studied with have left the school and opened a new school in Guanajauto  called,  “La Hacienda.” It is important to note it is not the location that makes the school, but the teachers, As you read this review, keep in mind the Spanish language program that I participated in and the experience I had with these teachers. The teachers, Luis, Esme and Beto that left “Adeltia” and started “La Hacienda” still carry on their love, enthusiasm and joy of teaching Spanish! And I am sure whoever studies Spanish with them will not leave disappointed…

Surrounded by the Sierra de Guanajuato Mountains in a picturesque valley that is located in the heartland of Mexico is a cultural gem called Guanajuato. Some say it is the most beautiful city in all of Mexico and captures the heart of those that visit there. I believe it is and the city holds a special place in my heart for sure. Guanajuato is a truly charming colonial-era city that is truly rich in culture, history, legends and legendary places. Walking through the streets you can feel the energy of the past in bedded in the cobblestone streets, alleyways and plazas. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1559 is a former silvering mining city. At one time the city was home to one of the richest and productive silver mines in the world. Guanajuato is also known as the birthplace of Mexican Independence and the site of the first major victory over the Spanish in 1810. This victory was located at the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, a historic building and monument located in the city center. Walking around this massive structure, you can hear the sounds of the revolution vibrating throughout the walls.

Walking from the Alhóndiga though the small alleys towards the heart of this magical city is the historic city center of Guanajuato. Walking though the city center you feel like you are taken back to Europe. Some have compared it to an Italian city in Tuscany with is European feel and numerous narrow cobblestones alleyways known as callejones snaking up and down the hillsides. Each callejones has something special to offer; from breath taking architecture, small panaderias (bakery), little coffee shops and art galleries are just a few things you will stumble across. Also, as you explore many of these callejones, you will find that they lead into small tree filled plazas as well with street musicians, cafes, and restaurants. During the day you can visit the most famous callejones which is the Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss). An  alleyway so narrow that couples can kiss from opposite balconies. Or at night take part in a callejoneada as you take a walking serenade, throughout the many alleyways led by student musicians who strum guitars, serenade bystanders and recite local tales.

I love the whole city, but my favorite part of the city is right outside the city center and it is called the Embajadores. In the Embajadores you will find a quiet little park, a market and some of the best cerviche and the most amazing tortas carnitas. On Sunday, there is a big market which is always fun to explore. You can always find some great cheeses, fresh produce form local framers or just about anything you can imagine. The vibe of the market is amazing and a really fun experience.  When there is no market, there sis tell vendors selling food, drinks, fresh bread and even kitchen tools. Every morning on my way to Spanish class, I would grab a fresh squeezed cup of orange juice and some mango with chili and lemon for breakfast. For lunch, there was a small stand selling the most delicious steak torta which melted in your mouth.  Some of the best street food I had in Guanajuato by far! Not only could you find a truly authentic Mexican experience in this part of the city, you can also find one of the best Spanish schools as well. Tucked in a back alley is a Spanish school called “Adeltia.”  You would never know that it was there unless you know to looked for it. The school was founded by Rolando, Luis and Ezmy who for many years taught at other Spanish schools in the city and wanted to start their own school. I found out about the school by accident. One day, while walking through the Embajadores, I happened to speak with an American couple who were studying there and they only told me great things about the instructors and the Spanish classes. I was looking for a Spanish school at the time and thought way not give it a try. I ended up studying there for 6 weeks and it was an amazing time. During my time there, I was challenged to use the Spanish I already knew and build on that so that I would start speaking both in past and future as well. My teachers really cared about me learning Spanish and they made sure that I learned. The one think that I noticed immediately was that  all the teachers really enjoyed teaching Spanish and that passion really made a difference; it was not a job for them but a love. Students are rotated between teachers so that they are not only exposed to different Spanish speakers, but each teacher taught a different part of the curriculum based on the students needs.  I liked this since each teacher had a different style and was able to focus on a specific area that I needed support in or to address any struggles I was having. When I started my studies, my biggest challenge was grammar and how to use it in conversation. I feel that during and after my time at the school, I really had a better understanding of Spanish grammar and how to use it in conversation. I noticed this more and more as I used my Spanish daily in conversation and building new friendships. There are a few other Spanish schools in the city, but from experience there is only one that I would attend; Adeltia!
Study Spanish at La Hacienda and experience the charm of Colonial Mexico here…