|Clock tower at the main plaza towntown
Our routine is to get some exercise, take a walk, run errands and do all of our exploring in the early morning. We are rarely out past 10:30 or 11:00. On the rare occasion that we've stayed out longer we've paid for it...dizzy, overheated, dehydrated. So, we've learned. We are siesta converts. We stay home during the hot hours, work on the blog, photos, travel plans, read, take a cooling dip in the pool.
|Our local market buzzes in the evening
Like everyone else we go back out in the evening and life resumes. Restaurants begin setting tables out on the sidewalks around 9:00 and customers begin to wonder in 9:30ish.
Afterward, families stroll through the main plaza and enjoy "coco helados", coconut ice cream. The kids play and old women sit in front of their homes and visit with each other. People do their grocery shopping, go to the pharmacy, stop into the church for mass or a quick prayer. Almost everything stays open. Merida comes back to life, and it stays up very late.
|Outside the MACAY, Merida's Contemporary Art Museum
|Cathedral of San Ildefonso, the oldest cathedral in the Americas
|Buses run late into the evening
|The block long portico in front of the Governor's Palace is a busy thoroughfare for both foot and auto traffic.
|Street vendors bring out their carts in the evenings - the Mexican equivalent of our trendy food trucks
|Late in the evening the vendors roll down their shop doors for a few hours until the cycle begins again.