It is travel time again. Last year after waiting until late January to travel we were like cages animals by the time we left. it could not happen again. So…. we rented a house in Merida, Mexico, on the Yucatan peninsula, but far from the big Yucatan “scene”. Merida is a colonial town in the western part of Yucatan while Cancun, Cozumel, etc., are along the coast on the eastern part of Yucatan.
We arrived yesterday, leaving home at the un-Godly hour of 4 AM with temps in the low 20’s. Dallas, our stopover, had temps in the 40’s. By the time we got to Merida, temps were in the low 80’s. Well, almost, they are thankfully in a cool spell so it was high 70’s with 80% or so humidity. Bearable, but not to last. Expect higher temps (mid-to high 80’s???) and the same humidity…. Yikes! I am not a humidity girl…
More on our casa later. Last evening we did a quick bit of shopping for breakfast (a bigger grocery is in order) and then went in search of dinner. An OK pizza with beer (it is so cheap) and then decide to take a quick look at the central plaza; trying to get our bearings.
Upon arrival, we became aware that something was going on. It was La Noche Blanca (The White Night). It is an annual event on Dec 10th. There are activities all over the city,; museums open, pop up art, concerts, dance, etc. It last from about 7 in the evening until 2 am. Dang, I did not bring a camera, just my phone as we were just going to dinner. Wrong! There is an unimaginable number of events and we really did not know what to do, so we just wandered in the central area a bit. First, traditional dancers.
There were two big stages in the Plaza. Even with the schedule, it was hard to see what was really going on when. Finally, we realized the National Ballet of Mexico, whom we have been watching warm up, was going to perform. Cool! We had managed decent seats. Wait, wait, wait, Finally!
And back closer to our casa, just down the street in Plaza Santiago was one of the pop-up art activities. Seran wrap between several trees with graffiti in progress.
It was only about 11, but we knew we would not make it until 2 am…. Home we went, but the live band from the bar two houses down serenaded us until about 1 am. Music at least was not too bad…