In 2009 I decided to take early retirement from my full-time job in the healthcare profession. The plan was to take several months off relaxing, reading, and perhaps finding a new hobby. Then I would return to work on a part-time basis for another couple of years before full retirement. My employer required a six month break in service in order to be re-hired, so the timing was perfect. Not long after I was home full-time, I saw that episode of House Hunters International featuring Merida and have since spent countless hours browsing web sites, blogs, real estate sites, travel logs... you name it. The neat thing is that Alan came on board with similar enthusiasm. Every few days I would receive an e-mail pointing out a new house for sale that he found on one of the sites. Surfing the web at work!
A couple of months ago, I discovered the blog site Writing from Merida by Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado. I liked her writing style and enjoyed her upbeat vibe. She was promoting her new book Magic Made in Mexico - Live Your Dream in Mexico... Since we would be visiting Merida in a few weeks, I hurriedly ordered the book and I'm glad I did. The book has three parts: her personal story of traveling to Merida, falling in love, leaving her family and Canada, marrying Jorge, raising a family; then the ABC's -all about adapting to life in Mexico (some reeaallly useful info); and finally an interesting and well written history of Merida, the Yucatan, and Mexico in general.
If you are new to Merida or traveling there, dreaming of living there, planning to live there or anywhere in Mexico, I recommend getting a copy. I believe that it is available on Kindle, but I prefer the real thing because la cubierta es muy bonita. Available online through Editorial Mazatlan.