The Colonial City of Merida, Yucatan

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Merida has many beautiful colonial style buildings.  As well there are many for sale or rent, some needing upgrading.yucutan 051

The main cathedral located in a large plaza that is always busy with lots of street food, entertainment, etc.yucutan 055yucutan 052

I was fortunate to be there during the Mayan Festival, with many free cultural events in the many theatres there – art, dance, music, theatre,  I enjoyed seeing the Mexican National Ballet presentation,

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One of the highlights of my stay was the wonderful swimming pool at my hostel, Nomadas, centrally located – a great deal for ten bucks a night.

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Our pool was just as nice as the $100/night hotel next door.  The garden in the hostel was beautiful as well…a sanctuary for iguanas and gods…merida 018

The hostel offered a variety of activities…salsa lessons, yoga, trova music in the evening and a wonderful cooking class providing a dinner for only $1.50.  I learned how to make a delicious pumpkin sauce from Daniel, our chef instructor who studied cooking in Toronto.  merida 041

Even while travelling, I still have to do laundry, usually by hand…yucutan 033

and to keep the costs down, grocery shopping which offers new things to try…yucutan 043yucutan 044

I took a side trip to Sisal, a sleepy beach town on the coast about an hour from Merida.  I went to check out a beach house for rent.yucutan 066yucutan 061

Somehow it felt alittle too sleepy….but cheaper than the Mayan Rivera.yucutan 068


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