Diego Morales Ibarra
COORDINATOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, MEXICAN CONSULATE
A native of Guanajuato, Mexico, Ibarra completed a business degree at Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo and came to Little Rock in 2018 to serve an internship at the Mexican Consulate. After six months, Ibarra was offered a full-time job with the consulate and these days he revels in the friendships he has made, the city’s open spaces and its range of restaurants. Now 27, Ibarra notes that Little Rock fits a great deal of cultural diversity into a comparatively small space, which lends to a feeling of home. “It is a city where I feel safe and I'm able to visit any establishment regardless of your country of origin or skin tone,” Ibarra says.
Neighborhood I Call Home: Hillcrest.
My Go-To Place in Little Rock is: Ciao Baci. I love the open space and the outdoor area — Ciao Baci is one of my favorite places to grab a drink and it's a great atmosphere to have dinner with friends.
Favorite Local Little Rock Lunch Spot: El Sur Street Food.
What Does Little Rock Offer that Your Hometown Does Not? Little Rock is a city with a lot of outdoor activities and places to visit. I love the proximity to nature, the great landscapes, the diversity and the obvious changes between different seasons.
On the Weekend You Can Find Me: Walking on Two Rivers [Trail] or on the trails of Pinnacle Mountain and in the evening having dinner in the Hillcrest area.
Newcomers to Little Rock Should Definitely: Attend the different festivals and events that are organized in the city; there is an option for everyone. Participate and get involved in the different networking programs and activities.
Little Rock Surprised Me Because: There is always something to do here in Little Rock despite it not being a very big city. It has great energy and lots of activities throughout the year which makes it easy to bond with other people and get a great sense of community.