Wednesday, June 18-- Day 2-- Today was a tour of delicious foods and a beautiful city. Enjoy the pictures of a breakfast at the hotel and an extremely large lunch with four courses. The service is extraordinary with attention to detail. It is traditional to have a 'late' lunch as the main meal. Everything is delicious-- especially spicy sauces!
Merida is the capital of Yucatan, a Mexican state. Merida has the highest concentration of Mayan people. We experienced part of a normal day in Merida with a driving around the city, exchanging currency in a bank, buying necessities in store similar to our WalMart, and chatting with friends in the city's park.
We were in class for several hours learning from an expert / a leader of a national program that promotes the continuation of the Mayan language and culture. I was lucky to win a book about the Mayas for our school!
We've had fun marking things off if our 'bucket list' such as wearing a jeweled beetle (which is part of a Maya legend), eating hot peppers, and donning a sombrero.
Wrapping up the day with a stroll through the city was beautiful and relaxing. The natives are happy to tell you about their city and don't mind answering your questions. Being in the Catedral de San Ildefonso (which is the oldest cathedral in the Americas & was built with stones from Mayan temples) was a humbling experience that made me feel very connected with the past.
Stumbling upon the Governor's Office which is like a museum was a special treat especially accompanied with a beautiful view of the city.
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