My New Apartment in Oaxaca

Yesterday morning, I woke up with a small smile on my face. I left the bed and walked a few steps to the kitchen, where I put on a pot of coffee. I brushed my teeth, made the bed, and checked my emails.

It’s the most exciting morning I’ve had for ages.

No, this is not because I’m an epic loser. It’s because I’m in my very own apartment which I’ll be renting for the next month here in Oaxaca.

the kitchen

my very own kitchen!

Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had my own kitchen? Not a hostel kitchen, not preparing sandwiches in a hotel room, not even sharing with roommates or families – my very own. It’s been years.

That means I don’t have to shower, get dressed, and spend the morning hunting for a decent cup of coffee.  I can prepare my own meals in a space that’s as clean as I make it without having to rely on a gaggle of backpackers to tidy up after themselves.

I can even use my own new sponge that has never scrubbed meat juice off a cutting board (vegetarians, you know what I’m talking about).

I unpacked my backpack and put it away. My clothes are on hangers and in drawers. My toiletries are unloaded and taking advantage of the shelving in the bathroom.

sofa and desk

My new apartment is amazing. I have a sofa. I have a breakfast bar. I have a large bathroom with a tub. Everything is super clean. I love it.

My neighborhood is not in some fancy part of town, nor that close to all the main attractions. I’m a couple of blocks from a modest fruit and vegetable market and a couple more blocks from a Walmart-sized supermarket and movie theater. I can buy hot, fresh tortillas just around the corner.

fresh tortillas and vegetarian lunch

a stack of fresh tortillas & my veggie lunch

One of the best parts of my apartment is that I pay WAY less than I would for a hotel room half as nice.

My non-nomadic readers may not understand my exhilaration. Sounds like exactly what you have at home, right? (Well, minus the tortillas.)

For me, it’s the exact opposite of what I’m used to. My normal daily life is cleaning up my hotel room every morning before the maid comes to clean it, not having access to a kitchen or having to share one, never fully unpacking my stuff… basically always being a visitor and never being completely at home.

My apartment represents the new pace of travel I talked about, which includes staying in fewer places for longer.

I think I’m going to like this.

29 Comments
  • LAbackpackerChick
    September 8, 2011

    HI Jasmine

    I’m headed to Mexico next month and also want to travel slowly and possibly rent an apartment. How did you find the apt? Also, if you dony mind me asking, how much does it cost?

    Thanks!
    alex

  • LAbackpackerChick
    September 8, 2011

    HI Jasmine

    I’m headed to Mexico next month and also want to travel slowly and possibly rent an apartment. How did you find the apt? Also, if you dony mind me asking, how much does it cost?

    Thanks!
    alex

  • Melissa
    September 8, 2011

    Your new apartment is super cute! I know how GREAT it feels to unpack all your stuff, put things on shelves, in drawers and on hangers… and to know it’s going to be right there in exactly the same place you left it, the next time you come back. Really happy for you!

  • Melissa
    September 8, 2011

    Your new apartment is super cute! I know how GREAT it feels to unpack all your stuff, put things on shelves, in drawers and on hangers… and to know it’s going to be right there in exactly the same place you left it, the next time you come back. Really happy for you!

  • Laura Loveland
    September 8, 2011

    Hola Jasmine from Mexico!!!  It’s been a long time since we have connected, but we continue to follow your travels and adventures.  We returned from Cuenca early to last February to Mexico while you were hanging on the coast.  We spent a year and one half in Oaxaca and LOVED it.  I even did a “mini” blog from there with my recommendations.  I will send it to you since I’m sure you will love visiting the outlying pueblos on their market days.  Have a wonderful time and enjoy! See http://www.motherlauras.blogspot.com/ Laura 

  • Laura Loveland
    September 8, 2011

    Hola Jasmine from Mexico!!!  It’s been a long time since we have connected, but we continue to follow your travels and adventures.  We returned from Cuenca early to last February to Mexico while you were hanging on the coast.  We spent a year and one half in Oaxaca and LOVED it.  I even did a “mini” blog from there with my recommendations.  I will send it to you since I’m sure you will love visiting the outlying pueblos on their market days.  Have a wonderful time and enjoy! See http://www.motherlauras.blogspot.com/ Laura 

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Hey Alex! I actually just Googled apartments in Oaxaca and found this one. I’m paying about $415 for the month, everything included.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Hey Alex! I actually just Googled apartments in Oaxaca and found this one. I’m paying about $415 for the month, everything included.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Thanks Melissa! It’s funny, most people are so used to that, but for a long-term traveler, it’s a luxury.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Thanks Melissa! It’s funny, most people are so used to that, but for a long-term traveler, it’s a luxury.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Hi Jaime,

    Oaxaca is definitely a cool spot. No I haven’t eaten crickets or gone to any carne asadas, I’m a vegetarian :p

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Thanks James! Let me know when you come and I’ll give you the apartment info, it’s a great price.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    I know the feeling… I’ve stayed in hostels for too long because I got tired of looking for apartments. I actually found these before I got here, so it made it easier for me. Now I know that it’s worth the effort to look, so I’ll be searching for apartments ASAP from now on.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 8, 2011

    Hi Laura! Nice to hear from you :) Thanks for the link, I’ve definitely been eyeballing the pueblos around here :)

  • Wade Shepard
    September 9, 2011

    Wow, that apartment is sweet! Good way to turn things around. It is great to be able to sit back and just enjoy a place for a while.

  • Kathleen K. O'Connor
    September 9, 2011

    Congrats! That’s a really cute and cozy-looking apartment. We lived in Oaxaca for 5 months and enjoyed it very much. We are in a hostel in San Cris right now and while it’s fun to meet all these other travelers, it really does get old sharing a kitchen and bathroom. 

  • Lori
    September 9, 2011

    Congratulations and enjoy!!!  Glad you are feeling happy!!!

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 9, 2011

    Thanks! Yeah, I´m excited about it :)

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 9, 2011

    Yeah, after this apartment I don´t think I can go back!

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 9, 2011

    Thanks Lori :)

  • Jana Fadness
    September 10, 2011

    Wow, this looks so nice! What a charming little place. Personally I know I couldn’t live a “permanent backpacker” kind of lifestyle, migrating to a new place every couple of weeks and living in hostels. I treasure my privacy and downtime far too much for that, so I can totally understand your exhileration here. I’d be excited about a morning like that too! =)

  • Ed
    September 11, 2011

    I lived in Oaxaca for two months in 2008.  One of the few places that I´ve visited that I´d love to go back to.  Not sure how much of the city you´ve visited but when I was there, there was one exclusively vegetarian restaurant (good but not spectacular) and 3 or 4 restaurants that offered a vegetarian option for their menu of the day.  One of the best meals I´ve ever had was in one of those restaurants. 

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 13, 2011

    Same here Jana, the longer I travel the more privacy I need.

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    September 13, 2011

    Thanks for the tips Ed. I´ve walked past the Loto Azul I think the name is, though I´ve only eaten out once since I´ve been here because I have my own kitchen. I usually prefer my own cooking to that of others :)

  • Old8oy .
    July 17, 2013

    I know all about that feeling, Jasmine. I’ve just taken a room in Mexico City, in La Roma. feel at home here, and am staying to write more. I travelled for 5 years off and on…more on than off, and really need a base for a while now. All that living out a bag is exhilarating at times, but nothing beats those coffees at the same places in the barrio in the morning, reading a newspaper in the sun. I can’t go back to England…

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    July 18, 2013

    Well there are plenty of coffee shops in that neighborhood :)

  • Old8oy .
    July 18, 2013

    There certainly are, Jasmine. Buy you one next time you drift by…

  • Kyle Traveler
    December 20, 2013

    Did you move there 2 years ago or 5 months ago?

  • Jasmine Stephenson
    January 5, 2014

    Two or more years ago.

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