A Tootle To Merida

3 Apr

Living in the U.S. gives one a certain perspective on automotive travel. It probably has as much to do with traffic, ability to find parking and one’s genetic makeup of hating or liking to drive.

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One of the Pitfalls of Driving in Any Country

While living in Mexico is not so different, it really is. For one thing, bus travel is far more convenient, comfortable and cost effective. Five hours on a bus allows you to catch up on your reading and possibly make a new friend. We took a tootle this week and visited Merida, a four hour drive by auto, just down the street and an ungodly distance by my old life perspective.

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Sunrise Outside Our Room in Merida

We stayed in our favorite Airbnb, visited Lisa’s surgeon and SHOPPED. I can go to the dark side when visiting a big city like Merida. Shopping is very limited where we live in Bacalar, Mexico’s southern frontier. Although, when Home Depot opened in Chetumal, thirty minutes away, the old timers pointed out how easy we had it building our house now, as opposed to “way back when”.

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Finally Found the Illusive Costco!

We got quite lost driving in Merida and spent way too much time in traffic. Remember, when asking directions in Mexico, make sure the person you ask knows how to drive. The little man in the taco stand can not likely give directions, unless he pulls out his iPhone and Google maps.

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We Didn’t Overdose Too Badly

After Costco we drove to Progresso, on the Gulf, just for the heck of it. Lunch on the beach proved entertaining; watching people and seagulls.

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Lisa Checks Out the Seafood Menu

For the week after Easter, things were pretty quiet in this little beach town.

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A Favorite Way To Beat the Heat in Merida

We were both glad to get home. There was a lovely birthday party next door on Friday evening for our neighbor Teresa. Happy seventieth Darling. A relaxing end to a very busy week. DOS TORTAS

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6 Responses to “A Tootle To Merida”

  1. Karen Hodgens April 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    It’s a beautiful city. Our guide took us to the Governor’s Palace and a huge market on day two on our “two-day tour of the Yucatan in the back of a VW Bus.” Wish I could find him again–his name was Carlos. We had been at Uxmal earlier in the day. We stopped at a couple of other places on the way back to Cancun, but can’t remember where. Best $500 I ever spent!

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    • afish25 April 3, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

      I know Carlos! Only kidding. A good tour guide can save you so much time. In Palenque our guide doted on my MIL. He made a good tip.

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  2. Jack Scott April 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    I can’t drive. Never learned, never wanted to. Give me a bus or a train any day 😀

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    • afish25 April 3, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

      My son too. No interest in driving at 31. Not common in the US.

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  3. LJones April 5, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Fun and informative – as always – post. I am putting these words above where I can see them everyday. It is so true: the beauty of a day being alive on this earth. Thanks again for the tour of your lovely home yesterday. Much love, Lorrie

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    • afish25 April 5, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      Will be fun to have you as a full-time Bacalareño. Do you have a retirement date?

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