Subject: Mexico
I can thoroughly recommend Oaxaca! Great for extended stays, especially if you wish to study Spanish. There are many apartments to rent because of the language school and a community of ex-pats. A charming city of 500,000 in the mountains, elevation 5000 ft. A great pedestrian zocalo (square) with cafes, entertainment, strolling families, the cathedral. The city is Spanish colonial in its architecture - loaded with museums and ornate churches. The largest open market in the Americas. Open, smiling people, loads of culture. The area is surrounded by Indians ruins and artisan villages - pottery, weaving. A great culinary destination as well! Cynthia Kilian Woodstock, Illinois USA