Mexico 2012 – Merida

After a very long break, for which I am very sorry, I want to continue describing our Yucatan trip so that it won’t hang in the air unfinished.?? To?? never leave thing unfinished! Why such a long break between blogs – the answer is spring and summer in our very hot Utah.?? There was so much work in our garden and house, we had pretty many very nice guests, with whom I spend sometimes long hours of talking, so it goes…And now the hottest time of the summer started, guests temporarily disappeared and so I can devote for remembering the trip, describing it and giving some good advices!

So we drove to Merida – the biggest city in Yucatan, not counting Cancun. which to me is more like a conglomerate of hotels, but not an authentic Mexican city. it was raining hard and the streets in the center are very narrow, one way. so we had to make several rounds until we found the Nomadas Hostel. As I mentioned – it is in the very center of town:

 

The pictures show the inner gardens or inner yards of the hostel. From the outside all the buildings are connected in one wall, so typical to Mexico, and life begins once you enter through the main doors:

Here we had our breakfast, here guests would sit and talk and exchange info about places of interest.

It is so strange that once you enter a house – different areas open deeper and deeper into the block, like this hostel had even a swimming pool and a nice park when you would never suspect that there can be such things…

There are plenty of hammocks here and there and they are popular. But to me they seemed a little too humid – have in mind they stay there during their frequent rains and don’t always dry out, so the smell…

We stayed there for 3 nights and?? had a very good time. There were salsa dance lessons every evening in front of a huge mirror. We walked in the city center:

The cathedral is built from ancient Maya pyramid stones…

checked the museums:

This sculpture was used for human sacrifices…

And we found a university on our way:

then ate in nicely decorated restaurants:

The latter scenes depicting those sacrifices…

And left Merida with good feelings and this little lizard on our bed: