I'm attempting to set up my very first blog site in order to chronicle my adventures discovering Merida, Yucatan. Merida is a city of almost a million, located in Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula. I first took notice when viewing an episode of House Hunter's International, which featured a couple searching for a renovated colonial home in the historical section of the city known as Centro. My partner and I spent some time in Oaxaca a few years back and loved the people, the ambience, and the colonial homes. Although it was tempting, we decided that Oaxaca was not the place in which to retire. Intrigued by what I saw of Merida on that episode of HHI, I began an exhaustive search of any and all things Merida. I've learned an awful lot about the city and it's history (the good and the bad) for someone who has never visited. However, in just 12 days we are headed to warm, sunny Merida to give it a thorough looking over, including staying in a fantastic, award-winning renovated colonial home in Centro. Not cheap, but hey, this is our first real vacation in about 3 years! The relative proximity to Houston (family there) and the fact that we can transport our entire family of dos humans, dos perros, and un gato by vehicle makes the possibility of relocating there a reeeaallly neat idea. (More about driving through Mexico later- not as scary as many may think). Plus the fact that I have always wanted to become fluent in Spanish...at least better than my two years of study eons ago afforded me. And then there are those colonial homes! I'll try to post some pics and/or videos later so you can understand this obsessive attraction Alan and I have developed.
So, I hope you will follow my journey and enjoy the postings as much as I have enjoyed reading many Merida bloggers.