Around Merida

You may have come to the realization that we’ve slipped into a ‘living in Mexico’ routine. We get up and work out in the mornings. I go to yoga or zumba and walk with Doug on yoga days. Each walk day we head out in a new direction attempting to see new neighborhoods within a 30 minute walking radius from our house.

The weather is warming up considerably (90’s). The locals lay low from around noon to 4 – 5 PM and we’re finding ourselves doing the same. In the evenings people go to the parks in the squares, to visit, listen to music, walk, eat and let the children play.

We go to Spanish classes on Mon – Wed – Fri from 12:30 – 2:30 now that we’re in Level 2. On the other days we work on our homework during the hot time of the day. Sometimes we’ll read or watch a movie. We only have Mexican TV.

We’ve met some interesting folks and have been to their homes for food and drinks. The English library hosts an “Evening of Merida Magic” which is a wine tasting and Home and Garden Tour that we’re scheduled to attend this Thursday evening.

The local Irish Pub, Hennessys, is a gringo hang-out. They host free first run movies on Monday nights and live music on Friday nights. The music is primarily North American rock, past and some current also. It’s been fairly low-key but people definitely, go to dance so that’s fun.

There’s actually a lot going on so one can be as busy, or not, as you choose.

Since we’ve had Spanish class on Saturdays until the last week, we’ve stayed fairly close to home on the weekends.

A couple Sundays ago we did hop on the bus and head to the beach in Progresso. It was much more commercialized than expected. Then again, the cruise ships dock there so it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise.

Three mile pier in Progresso.

Three mile pier in Progresso.

The three mile pier in Progresso is no doubt for the cruise ships but there also seems to be quite a bit of heavy truck activity. You can’t see the end from the beach.

Since it was Sunday, the locals were out in force. Mexicans have a different definition of personal space than we in the US. It wasn’t long before the family on our right had their table within an inch of ours to share the shade and the family on our left were using the end of my lounger. It’s all good!

Sunday at the beach

Sunday at the beach

It would have been a perfect opportunity, you say, to practice my Spanish. Sometimes my head needs a rest! AYEYE!

There’s a street along the beach and on the other side of the street are restaurants that service the beach with food and drinks. We really had a nice day.

Fishing Pier

Fishing Pier

The malecon ends in a boardwalk taking you under the long pier. On the other side is a well used, good sized fishing pier. We caught the bus back to Merida around 5:30 before the mass exodus. It was dark by the time we walked home.

Another favorite Sunday activity is spending time in St Lucia square. There is always dancing to a live band from noon to 3 PM. It’s great fun watching the older (probably my age) Mexicans dance. Maybe one day we’ll be brave enough to join in.

Watching in the shade

Watching in the shade

On this particular day there seemed to be more people watching in the shade or

Dancing in the corridor

Dancing in the corridor

dancing in the shaded corridor,

Dancing at St Lucia

Dancing at St Lucia

then dancing on the sunny stage.

One Sunday we took a tour bus around the city. Most of the points of interest were places we were already familiar with or had visited. We saw more mansion type houses and churches outside of the downtown area.

Church in a neighborhood outside downtown

Church in a neighborhood outside downtown

Then made a stop at the Park of the Americas which is made up of four blocks each representing a different interest.

Park of History

Park of History

The park of History.

The Arts

The Arts

The Arts park where live theatre is performed in the amphitheatre.

The Children's Park

The Children’s Park

The Children’s Park is filled with all sorts of free activities. And the last block is a library encouraging interest in the sciences and literature.

A few more interesting sites around Merida.

Door-knocker on a home in the barrio

Door-knocker on a home in the barrio

Ahh, yes, a serenade

Street Serenaders

Roving Troubadours

Is that a rabbit in the restaurant?

Is that a rabbit in the restaurant?

Is that a rabbit in the restaurant?

Look again

He likes to follow the waiter.

He likes to follow the waiter.

Getting close and personal

Little Bunny FuFu

Little Bunny FuFu

No, rabbit is not on the menu!

More sites around Merida

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Practicing Spanish, “Quiero un tequila con sangrita, por favor.”

Now, for the GOOD:

Street Vendors

Street Vendors

Most anything can be delivered to your door in Merida.

THE BAD:

What's wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

Take another look…

See it?

See it?

Yup, she’s smoking under a no smoking sign. Not only that, the waitress brought her an ashtray. Smoking is banned inside public places and for the most part honored. However, outdoor spaces are another matter and sometimes one has to  look around before selecting a table in a restaurant.

Whatya gonna do? It’s Mexico!

Adios Amigos…

3 thoughts on “Around Merida

  1. Janneen Lambert

    Totally awesome post….you have a new career ahead of you….

    Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:37:54 +0000 To: lambcar@msn.com

  2. You are really living the life and soaking it up. Are you enjoying yourselves as much as it looks like?

    • Sounds like a good time is being had by both of you. Passing your Spanish and onto level 2. Looks like a very beautiful area you have landed in, enjoy.

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