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#Merida, now one of the safest in Mexico, is an architectural jewel, and has one of the country’s largest historic centers outside Mexico City.

Block after block of houses dating to the mid-19th century and earlier are in the midst of a restoration boom, and the city’s cultural and restaurant scenes are flourishing.

Read more here about this stunning City here > http://mayanexplore.com/top_places_det.php?m=33&c=3

Mérida, Mexico in the State of Yucatán: A City of Cosmopolitan Modernity and Colonial History

Everything you see in Mérida, Mexico tells a story. It tells a story of a place that used to be and a place that still is today. The people, the streets, and the overall feeling of Mérida evoke a certain historical and cultural vibrancy that continues to live on and on through the art, language, and traditions of its inhabitants. In this, there exists a certain duality between cosmopolitan and colonial life in the lively city. 

Mérida, Mexico is becoming the apex of all that Mexico has to offer artistically and culturally. As the capital of Yucatán and the largest city of the state of Yucatán, Mérida is full of wonder and mystery.

Food in Mérida, Mexico Inspired by Ancient Mayans

Mérida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. The culture is rich with Spanish and Mayan influences. The city, aside from being known as the safest city in Mexico, is famous for its culture and restaurants featuring traditional Mexican food

One notable place to sample traditional Mexican food is Hacienda Teya, a 17th century plantation. Visitors can sample sopa de lima, a fragrant chicken with tortilla soup flavored lima juice as well as cochinita pibil, a slow roasted pork. The dining area is decorated with pictures of the city from the early 1900’s. 

In Other News

I decided to split my post into two parts since my Chichén Itzá post was so long!

I found an events calendar on YucatanToday.com or YucatanLiving.com (can’t remember which) and I saw some things I wanted to do. Friday there was a used book far in a park, and since I didn’t want to go alone, I reached out to my friend from Kentucky. She and three other girls from her program met me there and we looked around for a while. It is so so so nice to have companionship! Afterwards, three of us went to eat dinner. I had tacos! Again! They are so good! I talked to them about how things are going and they have many of the same trials that I do across the board, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my hardships. But it’s important to stay positive, even when it’s hard to. Maybe especially when it’s hard to.

I talked to them about seeing Catching Fire next weekend, so I’m excited about that! And tomorrow is Ericka’s birthday! (She’s the girl I’m closest to.) I saw her this morning at church and she said they’ll probably go bowling or something and she’ll let me know. So excited! 

Everyone is also off tomorrow for the Day of the Revolution. Technically, the Day of the Revolution is on the 20th, but in Mexico they take off either on Monday or Friday and typically not on the actual day if it’s in the middle of the week.

Coming up: I’ve got an excursion next Sunday to Celestún, which is a natural flamingo habitat. Then I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with other students on the 28th. Finally, on the 30th I’m traveling to Uxmal (another ancient site with ruins). So lots of things to looked forward to. 

School is going well. It’s very challenging to teach in Spanish, even still, but my kids are great and they’re patient with me. My teachers are also very helpful to me. I have a project that I need to complete within the next couple weeks and I’ve got to make sure I finish everything I need to write before I leave so I don’t have to worry about it when I get back. 

I should also say that I’m still sweating everyday. Ha! Still super hot and wearing shorts and sandals a lot. Some nights get cool, especially with the rain, but most of the time I’m trying to keep cool. Right now the humidity is 56% (which is WAY down…it’s usually around 80-95%) and it’s 31ºC/88ºF. I’m becoming very familiar with the Celsius system! I hear the weather is very different from what you all are experiencing at home!

I’ve only got 3 more weekends left in Merida and it seems so strange! Especially since they’ll probably fly by since I’ve got things planned for the next two.

Thanks for all the prayers and love. Just continue to pray that things keep going well and I don’t get too stressed about teaching. It’s tough here since I’m in elementary AND I’m teaching completely in Spanish.