oh my Merida

Merida, Yucatan, MEXICO

is seriously, a very interesting place to live. Yes it is unspeakably hot at times, yes it is unspeakably humid at times yes it is dirty and littered most of the time, yes the streets are terrible, well if you live South of 59. Yes there is serious corruption, although things are changing. Yes there are things that someone will not like.

However, there is a beauty…the archtecture, the vignettes of life, the people, the flowers and plants, the pace of life.

One amazing thing are the artistic and cultural events that the local government sponsors for the people.

We have seen art exhibits by Dali, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Russian Ballet, Cuban Ballet, light shows, floral displays, symphony in the park, music, dance, theatrical performances such a wide variety of cultural and educational events. And all free. Yes, free!

OK, some think it comes at the expense of other things…fixing a pothole, replacing a streetlight, etc. But what is life without art, beauty, and diversion?


While in Merida the past few weeks we took advantage of several such free cultural events.

One was a light show, http://www.filux.info/. It was amazing, the number and variety of people in attendance was astronomical, the displays went from simplistic to mind staggering.

Another was the Camino de flores. https://youtu.be/tirQ9jjGyTA One block long street next to a park was blocked, an elevated walkway was established and the street below was designed to display a variety of very beautiful and interesting floral/plant arrangements. And again, the attendance has been staggering. I love seeing the people, all types of people enjoying such events.




Today Tom and I walked about the plaza grande, or main square. It felt touristy, I usually just pass through getting from one place to another. Bittersweet, leaving a place I enjoy so much.


But I must admit I have been enjoying Richmond very much, I am sure you will see and hear more about it, especially now that it is warming up. I do hate cold weather.


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends. Then in 2016 I moved to Richmond, Virginia, USA. Culture shock continues.
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12 Responses to oh my Merida

  1. gracias, enjoy your travels, next time we are in MID together we must commune.

  2. Abigayle Lofgren says:

    Thanks for sharing this! We left the day of the light show and had to miss it. Had we known, we would have flown out a day later, but it was not well known ahead of time. What an amazing thing to do. Yes, they could fix a few sidewalks, even near the main plazas. There is no real paradise, just compromise. Abigayle

    • Most of the communications are in spanish, and you must subscribe to or regularly check multiple sources to know what is happening.
      Be sure to monitor Yucatan Today, they have an english version.

  3. joliet13 says:

    It is interesting to follow you as you process everything you’re feeling and share your changes with us…thank you for such an intimate view of your life as it unfolds to you.

  4. joliet13 says:

    Seems like you have found peace with your new life.

  5. Great spending time with you and Tom and see you again !

  6. Eric Dunn says:

    You have such a gift for writing. Any plans you writing for a book?

  7. Geraldine Brown says:

    I love what you wrote. Thanks. Enjoy and come back soon.

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