Rent is super cheap. If you are paying $450, you are living the high life. If you're not, you can get small unfurnished apartments for $150-250. This was my apartment, $90 a month including utilities, shared with 2 other girls.
Food is super cheap. You can live on $10 a day eating out all 3 meals. Waiters are also full-service, and they don’t expect tips. (You just have to be a little patient and don’t drink alcohol to stay within that budget.)
Almuerzo del dia, or lunch of the day, is the best deal around. You get a delicious bowl of soup, a meat, rice, a small salad/slaw, and a tiny desert. All for anywhere between $2-3, depending on the place.
When you’re in a restaurant eating, other customers say good morning, afternoon, or evening to you as the come into the restaurant, or simply, “Buenas”. They also say “Buen provecho” which means enjoy your meal. I find this nice.
People don’t in general stare at you because you’re a foreigner. I’ve ha…