The weekend I fled to Guadalajara, Mexico

Dear followers,

I apologize for the lack of communication and update on here. Or maybe I’m the only one reading it thus, I should be apologizing to myself but time has gotten a hold of me and next thing I know- it’s already October. Where did time go?

September was a whirl wind. It took me quite a few weeks to get adjusted to the work lifestyle, and had to make some changes in my life to make sure I was making the most out of my time here in Austin. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the “I go to work for 9 hours, then I’m tired and just want to sit at home and feel sad I don’t have any other life” mentality. Have you been in that situation before? I can most certainly say most of us have been there. If you haven’t, you probably will. If you never reach that mentality: props to you. Keep it up!

With that said, once I mentality and practically made changes to my life, things got better- and time started flying by even faster. Thankfully, I get a floating holiday for my birthday from work. So what do I do?

Yes, you guessed it. I studied my monthly work schedule and found the weekend where I was able to take 4 whole days off… a long weekend. I rarely get two days off in a row for weekends, let alone long weekends! So, of course Paul and I took advantage of my break, left the country & fled to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Let’s be real, we really just wanted an extra stamp in our passport. 

Guadalajara is the second biggest city in Mexico after Mexico City. We had never thought of visiting there, but tickets were cheap- and it ended up being a great choice! Located in the Jalisco state, it is not quite as touristy as Mexico City would be. It is incredibly cheap (with the US currency at the moment…) and is an hour away from the town called “Tequila”. That’s pretty much the only reason you need to go right? Right. Now go to and check out the prices!

Ok Ok, I probably haven’t convinced you enough yet. Well let me tell you a little bit about what we did. We ate a lot of tacos, ate goat meat (birria), shopped at the largest market in Mexico (Mercado San Juan de Dios), visited a Tequila distillery tour & learned about the process of agave to tequila, ate at the home of Cholula hot sauce (in Tequila, Jalisco), watched Chivas vs Morelia’s play at the Chivas stadium (Vamos Chivas!), and ate more tacos.

Take a look at the beauty of Guadalajara, Jalisco yourself from the photos below…

Within the next week or two, I hope to write another blog titled “that traveler we never want to become”. It will be about one of the guests at the hostel we stayed at, who no one really knows how long he’s been there, how long he’s been traveling, and why he’s drinking every second of the day. It was entertaining- until it wasn’t.

Alas, that’s for another blog post. For now, thanks for reading my update! Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions about my travels and want to know more about anything more specifically.

Hasta Luego!

Published by Joanne Lam

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