First Amble in Mérida

After this morning’s post, I headed down Mérida’s famed Paseo de Montejo, a beautiful boulevard, to find the nearby Waldo’s to get a few more things for my place. I was really hoping to find ice cream quickly and was delighted when I got to the corner of my street and the busier 35 that a man on a peddle cart was headed my way. Could I be that lucky? Yes! He had ice cream cones! I flagged him down and asked what he had. Coconut ice cream. Yum! A small cone was just $10. It looks quite melty in the picture, but it wasn’t at all.

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I had to make a few turns until I got to the Paseo de Montejo.

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And crossed my first of several scary intersections. I do have to give kudos for there being crosswalks showing exactly where to risk your life and I actually found the drivers here more respectful of pedestrians than what I’m used to in Maz.

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It was scorching out, so this short tree covered stretch was welcome!

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I am literally around the corner from Walmart. Pity I don’t like Mexican Walmarts at all. I always come out feeling that they don’t have anything and what they do have is expensive.

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The next roundabout had some amazing rock work:

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I was apparently in the “historic monument zone.”

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Other side of the roundabout:

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I passed an establishment called Delorean. How many famous faces can you spot in the picture below? Front centre are the Beatles and way above them is Edgar Allan Poe. I suppose the name of the place rather explains the strange cast of characters. 🙂

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This Ford dealership is very likely going to be where I buy my next vehicle! What I want is 10,000CAD cheaper in Mexico and has options, like a manual transmission, that I can’t even get back in Canada.

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This mosaic was gorgeous:

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This restaurant has a menu written on the door in French:

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Oh, look, a pub! I’ll have to see if they’re open one of these evenings! I’ve missed living near a pub that I can walk to.

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Two and a half kilometres from home, I found this trifeca: a huge Waldo’s, an Office Deport, and a good Soriana-style grocery store. Of course, I can’t remember the name of said store now! Starts with an A!

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I went into Waldo’s and got a few things, then went to the grocery store to buy a pot and see what they were selling. They had hummus, but it’s labeled as “botana arabe” (Arabic snack) here. No, I didn’t buy any to try it. 🙂

I took one road over from Paseo de Montejo to get part of the way home and came across this gem. Too bad the tree seems to have died on them!

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As I approached my turnoff on Paseo de Montejo, I remembered that I have a garrafón of water coming, so I popped into Walmart to get a pump for it. They’re just $40, so I don’t mind picking one up and this way I know it’s clean. I checked out the kitchen wares and they were dismal. The pot I’d picked up was super cheap ($65) and there was nowhere near anything at that price for that quality at Walmart.

I got in and made a quick lunch (using my new pot!). I failed at finding a potential spot to have dinner tonight, so I need to get on Google for that. I’ve already walked at least 10KM today, so I hope to find somewhere nearby!

It’s really hot, but no worse than in Maz, and I’m used to the sun now so I don’t burn as easily, even through sunscreen. I’m just going to hang out here at the apartment for a bit and relax since I’m beat. Time to research some touristy stuff I could possibly do tomorrow. 🙂

12 thoughts on “First Amble in Mérida

  1. Oh my…You won’t need a week. You’ve got it down past already.
    Food & a pub, all good things.
    Are there museums for you? I thought maybe in the historic zone.
    Having fun reading.
    TTYL

    • This city is HUGE. I’m only getting a taste of one neighbourhood. I have to go check out at least one more so I have a comparison point.

      There are tons of museums around. Sounds like a plan for the hottest part of the days!

  2. “How many famous faces can you spot in the picture below? ”

    Marylin Monroe- center panel, second row from top, almost center.
    Frank Sanatra – center panel, top row, over Marylin’s left shoulder.
    Buster Keaton – center panel, second row, left edge of panel.
    Tom Mix – left panel, big white 10–gallon hat.
    Marlon Brando – left panel, to the left of Mix with cap.

    I recognize 2-3 more but can not think of their names. What do I win?

    • Depends who you speak with. Some say it’s comparable, some say it’s hotter, some say Mérida doesn’t have Maz’s humidity, some say the humidity in Mérida is worse… It’s a very dry American Southwest low 30s this week. It was in the 30s in Maz, but much stickier.

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