Hotels & Lodging
BJ and I retained remnants of high-school Spanish, and two Christmases ago, he bought us lessons on CD. The unopened box turned as dusty as our Spanish skills. Before our trip, I broached the idea of language classes in Mexico. He consented, and in the subsequent weeks, he even unpacked the CDs and put the files on his iPod so he could brush up at the gym.
I discovered The Pink Iguana Language School on the Internet. Its semi-intensive program (two hours a day for five days, either at our hotel or at the base in Tulúm) seemed right for us.
So three days into our trip—tanner, fatter, and with looser shoulders—we rent a car and drive 80 miles south. After a lunch of fish tacos, we meet Norma, our instructor. The first lesson takes place that day at a little house in Tulúm. By the end of the two hours, we're laughing and joshing like old friends. (Some of my Spanish is evidently rather blue.)
We arrange for the rest of our lessons to be at our hotel. Posada Dos Ceibas is exactly what we both wanted. Eight cabanas dot the intimate beachfront property. Each morning, we wake to the toots and whistles of birds, then meander over to a breakfast of eggs, beans, and fresh bread. And then it's time for a lesson. Norma is a wonderful storyteller, a welcome interjection between conjugation lessons. In five days, our comprehension surprises us all. We're equipped to shop, inquire, and befriend in Spanish.
Sorry it's taken a week to send this. Returned from our trip on the 10th & had lots of "stacks" piled up waiting for our attention.
You've probably already heard from Ron & Sharon, but Janice & I wanted to thank you for your wonderful instruction. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was a pleasure meeting your wife & daughter, as well. If you ever get into the Austin/San Antonio area & have some spare time, please give us a call. Your 4 pupils would be delighted to meet you for some south Texas hospitality.
Joe & Juanita Eaton
I only was able to spend a week in Mexico, but even after just a one-week class with Roberto, I developed more confidence in my ability to speak Spanish and a deeper understanding of the language. Roberto is a very intelligent teacher who applies a highly individualized approach with his students. If I have the opportunity to return to Tulum, I will definitely enroll again in Spanish lessons at the Pink Iguana!
Mountain View, CA
To read Dana's complete article published in Budget Travel Magazine please click on the magazine pic.