My time in Xalapa was one of the best times in my life. I learned so many things, had ups and downs and had a feeling of waking up, of actually starting to live. This might definitely be because of the personal experiences I made, but I guess it’s also strongly influenced by the vibe of the city itself. It’s not exactly a touristic place to be but it’s without a doubt one of the best places to live in. Even though Veracruz is one of the more dangerous states in Mexico, I have never felt unsafe in Xalapa.
Xalapa is the capital of Veracruz state in Mexico, located on the golf of Mexico. It’s a very young city as there are lots of students, most of them studying at one of the most famous universities in the country: the Universidad Veracruzana. It is full of nice coffee places (that I’ve already written an article about), nice parks and public places and it has an amazing nightlife. There are tons of great bars with one of my favourites being Doña Lucha in the centre.
You might ask yourself: „But what exactly did you do there, Jessy?“ Well, maybe that would also be a nice topic for another video but to make a long story short: I did an internship in Xalapa. It was in a theatre called Área 51. I organised everything myself, so even though in the end it counted as an internship for my studies, I contacted the theatre myself and also found a nice flat on my own. But, as I said, to go more into detail, I guess a video would be more helpful.
Anyway, here goes some quick dates about Xalapa followed by some of my impressions, arranged in an audiovisual experience for you. Enjoy it!
Some information about Xalapa
Size: 124,4 km²
Inhabitants: 424.755 (as at 2010)
Climate: The temperature is quite constant between 15°C and 22°C all year, however it can get quite cold during the winter months (November to January). In general, it rains a lot in Xalapa with the really rainy months being June to September/October.
Location: On Mexico’s golf coast, surrounded by the states of Tabasco and Chiapas in the east, Oaxaca in the south, Puebla and Hidalgo in the west and San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas in the north.
Distance: From Mexico City it takes about 5 hours by bus for ca. 30€ with ADO. From Cancún you can take a flight of about 1:30 hour to the Veracruz airport (normally ca. 50€ with VivaAerobus or Volaris) and then take an ADO bus to the Xalapa terminal. This takes like 1:30-2:00h and costs around 20€.