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Antigua, Guatemala: The Student's Life

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A March 2005 trip to Antigua by kakao

La Merced Photo, Antigua, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Antigua, Guatemala, is well-known as one of the best places in the world to study Spanish. With over 70 schools in this small city of cobblestone streets, you will find everything you are looking for in a vacation: education, culture, nightlife, great food, and friendly people!

Antigua, Guatemala: The Student's Life

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La Merced Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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They say that the best way to get to know a place is to live there. A firm believer in this mantra, I recently chose Antigua, Guatemala, as my next travel home. After renting a house in the city, I spent 2 months exploring Antigua and the rest of Guatemala and wish I could have stayed for a lot longer. You can be sure that I will be back--I even plan on getting married here next year! The City: The city is small, surrounded by volcanoes and filled with international students, tourists, and Mayan locals walking the beautiful cobblestone streets. It has an international flair, with excellent cuisine to suit any taste and enough luxuries so you won't miss home. During t...Read More

Punto

Restaurant | "El Punto"

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We walked down the street and saw a grumpy Italian man standing in the doorway of the restaurant, watching the cars go by on the street. Definitely not the welcome we were looking for, but we had heard the food was good, so we went in anyway. Ambience: It’s decent, and its walls painted are with scenes of Italy. How romantic, right? Overall, it was a nice, clean restaurant (and the bathrooms were decent as well!). Food: It was absolutely delicious. We thought we were in Italy. We ordered the ravioli and the lasagna, and I must say that the ravioli was some of the best I've ever had. I would highly recommend it! War...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2005

Punto
7a Av Norte 8A
Antigua, Guatemala

Meson Panza Verde

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Restaurant

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Meson Panza Verde is probably one of the most beautiful restaurants in Antigua, and I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone visiting Antigua, Guatemala. Ambience: The restaurant has three different seating areas: the main seating area, the garden seating area, and the poolside seating area. There is also a bar inside the restaurant. I chose the garden seating and was not disappointed. Candlelit tables and lush greenery surrounded us while we ate the top-notch food. It seemed like there were a lot of international visitors at the restaurant, including a lot of businessmen/women. Food: Excellent and reasonably priced. Cons...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 30, 2005

Meson Panza Verde
5a. Avenida Sur 19
Antigua, Guatemala
832-2925

Studying Spanish at Tecun Uman

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San Antonio Aguas Calientes Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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I spent 3 weeks studying at the Spanish School, Tecun Uman, located at 6a Calle Poniente 34A in Antigua, Guatemala. It cost about $100/week for 4 hours a day for a private Spanish teacher. Teachers: My private teacher did not speak any English, so it actually worked out great. Any time I did not understand a word in Spanish, she had to define it for me in Spanish, which really helped my listening skills. My teacher was a Mayan woman, and was a fairly good teacher. She used materials from other schools and had a set plan for teaching (grammar and drills from 8am to 10am, reading and conversation from 10am to noon). The only complaint I had was that there were no books for me...Read More

Studying at San Jose El Viejo

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Tennis Courts at San Jose El Viejo Photo, Antigua, Guatemala
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www.sanjoseelviejo.com After studying for 3 weeks at Tecun Uman, I decided to change schools to see what else was out there. I chose Escuela de Espanol San Jose el Viejo because it was the most beautiful school I had seen in Antigua! The School: The school is next door to the ruins of an old church, and you can see these ruins on the side of the school. Thus, when you walk in the school, you see the ruins on the right, and the rest of the facilities are covered with greenery - this school must have one of the best kept gardens in the whole city. If you are lucky, you will get your own "classroom" in the gardens, complete with a whiteboard for you and your priva...Read More