Mérida, Mexico

Charming town in the Yucatan Peninsula.  I’ve also had the best food in Mexico here. One of my favorites: relleno negro.  It is turkey cooked in a black paste  and served with hard boiled eggs and warm tortillas.  The green beverage is Chaya.  I didn’t know what it was but everyone in the restaurant was drinking it so I asked the waitress what it was.  She said something unintelligible (people here, just like in mexico city d.f., speak very fast spanish with a different twang than the chilango accent of those in d.f.) But I ordered one anyway, and it was really good.  It’s hard to pinpoint the taste, maybe like guava with a grass-like aftertaste (okay maybe that description didn’t sound good, but it was a really good drink.)

relleno negro

relleno negro

I went to see the ruins of Uxmal (“three times built”) and Kabah (“strong hand”), both of the Puuc style of architecture. Snakes and the rain god Chaac are common motifs.

panoramic view of Uxmal

panoramic view of Uxmal

snakes motif

snakes motif

Kabah

Kabah

rain god, Chaac

rain god, Chaac

For the most part I just walked around the city, the zocalo is always a good place to get oriented with a city.

plaza

I’ve been lucky that in all the cities I have travelled to, there was always a local entertainment free for everyone.  This time it was a local show about traditional yucatan dances and music.

dancing

Today I spent all day at the grand square, people-watching.  And I think it was a day well-spent.

pigeons

Tomorrow I leave for Playa del Carmen, the last city in my Mexico trip. On the way I will stop by the Mayan ruins of Chichen itza.