02-Marzo-2020, Lunes. Mérida, Yucatán
El Norte es no mas. The north wind has stopped blowing and it is hot. It is an art to stay in the shade as you walk around. This often makes one sidewalk on a street very crowded while there is no one on the other side. Fortunately it’s not humid like Cozumel was.
Color of the city
We’ve mastered the art of walking around here. I thought I’d seen the narrowest side walks ever two days ago but the two below are narrower!
We lept around like the video game Frogger just to avoid getting hit by traffic and keep on the shady side of
life the street.
Paseo de Montejo
Paseo de Montejo, modeled after Paris’ Champs Elysees, is lined with the mansions of Merida’s old aristocracy. It’s named after Francisco de Montejo y León (el Mozo), conqueror of Yucatán and founder of the city. From the late 1800s to the 1920s, Merida was the richest city in the World as it was the leading producer of henequen, a plant that is used to make ropes.
Monumento a la Patria. There are more than 300 hand carved figures, that tell the story of México from the establishment of Tenochtitlán to the mid-20th century. There are also Maya cultural figures like a Cacmool, a ceiba tree surrounded by butterflies, jaguars, and the city’s shield.
There are so many mansions that have fallen into a state of disrepair due to expenses to maintain.
Have you ever seen a bunch of pigeons sitting in a tree? I never have until today.
Its 93 degrees at 1PM. With humidity factor it feels like 104. Not yet the hottest part of the day. Time for the siesta.
Dale wanted to hit a Mexican dive bar. I went along for the walk and to keep him out of trouble. Found one.
The bartender asked if we wanted nuts. Before I could say no Dale said yes. He ate some, taking it for the team. I wouldn’t touch it. All I can say is that the food along Plaza Grande yesterday was a whole lot better than this. Gee I hope he isn’t sick tomorrow…
Dining and dancing(not us)
Dinner at Museo de la Gastronomia Yucateca. This is another one of the many must eat at places if you ever get to Mérida. Two drinks, dinner and dessert $30 USD.
Traditional dancing in the street in front of Plaza de la Independencia. The price for one of the lovely women’s dresses is approx $100 USD. I totally would buy one but think it would look really out of place and funny on a Scandinavian.
Literature in our hotel room. Practical advise. You gotta read it. Zoom in.
Hechos Graciosos (Fun facts)
Mérida is known as the White City in Mexico. According to some, the city was painted and decorated with white materials in the Spanish Era, so, they call it the white city. Whereas, other claims that it is due to its Sanitation.
One thing Mérida has going for it is that most sidewalks in El Centro are level and void of dog poo.
I believe it is a city of colores y sabores brillantes (bright colors and flavors).
Spanish lesson for today
‘Dale’ means ‘give’ in Spanish