March 06, 2010

A Little More from Merida

Dinner with Friends and Neighbors
IMG_0319: Out with Friends and Neighbors
Clothing in the Plaza
IMG_0334: Market Vendor
Dancing on Sunday
IMG_0345: Dancing on Sunday
Sisal's Pier
IMG_0346: Sisal Pier

There is not a lot to report. We continue to take it easy, which means that we are not doing much. We are enjoying our house, despite the pool now being out of commission. Occasionally we make our way to a restaurant. One night we went out to eat with our neighbors, Juan and Nora, and their house guests - two lovely girls from Japan and Matthew from Pennsylvania. We like to wander around the city on foot. I usually bring the camera and take photos of what looks best.

Sundays are the best for getting out. The main plaza is full of vendors selling embroidered shirts and dresses. Artisans are selling crafts. Live music is performed in front of city hall and dancers show off their steps.

One night the ballet company from Havana put on a wonderful performance off the main plaza in front of the cathedral. Several thousand people showed up for the free performance. Unfortunately there were not enough seats, so many stayed but a short while.

The Beach at Sisal
IMG_0348: Sisal Beach

Last Tuesday we went to the beach at Sisal. It is some thirty miles away. Due to traffic and Mexico's wonderful road system, it only took 75 minutes to get there. Yes, we averaged a whopping 24 miles per hour. The drive time was well worth it. The beach is very nice. They say it is much better than Progresso, which is only 20 miles away. We dipped our toes in the water and decided not to swim; the water temp was too low to make a swim enjoyable. Instead we enjoyed the view from a bar where the cervezas flowed along with free tidbits, called botanas. The botanas were very tasty, especially the local version of ceviche with corn chips. We met a Canadian couple in the bar. They were from Kelowna, BC.

Yesterday we had drinks with Gerardo. He is an Argentinian journalist who has been working in northern Mexico. We met him through the Couchsurfing page, when I noticed that he was working in Merida.

I know that this is a short report. The photos will add a bit of scope. To see a slideshow for this entry, press HERE.

Speaking of photos: I have been posting travel photos to my flickr phototstream. I just added all the photos from 2008 to the collection of Our Travels. Below is a list of blog entries for which I have posted photos. Each listed entry has a link to a slideshow available on my photostream. I have also added these links to my BLOG index.

Slideshow Links

2008 - Traveling on the East Coast
CharlotteJanuary 07, 2008 Slideshow
SavannahJanuary 10, 2008 Slideshow
Charleston: Historic Center of the Old South January 14, 2008 Slideshow
On to Greensboro January 28, 2008 Slideshow
Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Washington, DC February 14, 2008 Slideshow
February in Mississippi February 26, 2008
Eating Our Way Across the Delta March 10, 2008 Slideshow
North Padre Island March 14, 2008 Slideshow
One Month in Ocean Springs April 13, 2008 Slideshow
From the Panhandle to DC and More June 02, 2008 Slideshow 1
Outer Banks Slideshow 2
DC Again Slideshow 3
2008 - A Month in Guatemala
Under the VolcanoOctober 23, 2008
Study with No EruptionsOctober 31, 2008 Slideshow
The Mayan Kingdom in TikalNovember 07, 2008 Slideshow
Around Guatemala CityNovember 20, 2008 Slideshow
2009 - Back in South America
From Buenos Aires to TalaganteFebruary 16, 2009 Slideshow
Viña del Mar and ValparaisoFebruary 19, 2009 Slideshow
Concepcion and Wonderful ValdiviaFebruary 25, 2009 Slideshow
Puerto VarasMarch 07, 2009 Slideshow
La Grande Isla de ChiloéMarch 07, 2009 Slideshow
Leaving ChileMarch 11, 2009 Slideshow
The Perito Moreno GlacierMarch 14, 2009 Slideshow
Settling Down in Buenos AiresMarch 25, 2009 Slideshow
The Tango: Music and LessonsApril 04, 2009 Slideshow
Changes in Buenos AiresApril 21, 2009 Slideshow
Nineteen More DaysApril 30, 2009
Friends and La BocaMay 09, 2009
Fire and Rain and Two More NightsMay 17, 2009
Our Last Three Days in Buenos AiresMay 22, 2009 Slideshow
2009 - Heading Out West
Driving Out West October 15, 2009 Slideshow
Twelve Days in Palo AltoOctober 28, 2009 Slideshow
Visiting in Oregon and WashingtonNovember 10, 2009 Slideshow
2010 - Journey to Merida
The Trek SouthJanuary 26, 2010 Slideshow
San Cristobal de las CasasJanuary 30, 2010 Slideshow
In a Mexican Limbo, Miles from NowhereFebruary 04, 2010 Slideshow
From Zapata to MeridaFebruary 09, 2010 Slideshow
Carnival in MeridaFebruary 20, 2010 Slideshow
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