Mexicans absolutely love to help others learn Spanish. Even the most mutilated and mispronounced words or phrases will be greeted with enthusiasm, patience, and appreciation.
If you are interested in a more in depth immersion program here in Ensenada, you may want to check out Baja California Language College (http://www.bajacal.com) or The Center of Languages (http://www.mexonline.com/cllas.htm).
Also, the link below provides some basic travel words and phrases that may come in handy.
Paying at Restaurants
Since Ensenada (and Mexico in general) is very relaxed, you will find no rush to get you to leave the table. The custom is to let diners linger as long as they want so your bill will not be presented until you ask for it.
When you are ready to leave, you can ask for the bill..."La cuenta, por favor", or if you catch the waiter's eye across the room, you can make a gesture with your hand that suggests writing in the air with an imaginary pen. This is common and understood all over the country.
Dia De Los Muertos
November 2nd? (not sure if it changes, but right after Halloween)
This does not apply to Ensenada, but Mexico as a whole. One of the big holidays of the year is “Dia De Los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” It is a day that the country celebrates (read: not morn) those in their family and circle of friends who have passed.
I had the fortunate opportunity to go to the cemetery with a family. It was a beautiful sight to see the cemetery so colorful with flower and festivities. Families were bringing chairs and blankets and food (don’t forget the tequila and beers) and making a party of it. There were Mariachis and Music del Nortanos that were for hire to play for you. I didn’t see many tears… it didn’t seem to be a time for that.
The photo was taken from the back corner of the cemetary. I didn't want to disrespect anyone...