After a couple of busy but amazing weeks in congested Mexico City, we were looking forward to seeing another part of Mexico. Our next destination was Merida, the capital of the Yucatán. I don’t know what we quite expected, but it certainly wasn’t another busy overpopulated city.
Our Air B n B was 10 blocks from the main square meaning we had to endure a chaotic walk down narrow paths bustling with street vendors and locals. It was the opposite of what we felt we needed after Mexico City and made exploring Merida a chore. Despite this it was a beautiful city full of Colonial architecture. It just didn’t come with the relaxing atmosphere we were hoping for.
We escaped the bustle one afternoon with a leisurely stroll down Paseo de Montejo and had a cultured visit to Starbucks for a refreshing frappuccino.
During a hunt for a coffee after another tiresome stroll through the centre, we stumbled across a gem of a restaurant. What drew us in was a glimpse of their coffee roasting facilities (always a plus for Jak). We never planned to eat there but a quick scan of their menu led us to order a couple of quesadillas. Jak’s was a beast and nearly the length of the table.
ENJOYING OUR AIR B N B
It’s fair to say this was our main source of enjoyment in Merida. It gave us some much needed down time and helped Jak recover from a severe multi day headache. A rotating flat screen TV was too hard to resist. The option to watch it on the sofa or in bed led to an inevitable Netflix binge.
A NIGHT OF MAYAN CULTURE
Fortunately our visit happened to coincide with a reenactment of Juego de Pelota, a Mesoamerican ball game. From what we could grasp the aim of the game was to get the ball through the hoop, with only their hips or the side of their legs to bring able to touch the ball. The last game was the most exciting as they set the ball on fire. This time they were allowed to use their hands.
Next stop Valladolid, hopefully a peaceful colonial city.