Last day in Merida
Trip Start Jul 25, 2007
49Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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We have had a pretty mellow past couple of days as we both have not been feeling that great due to some virus or something we ate. We had breakfast at Cafeteria Pop as usual and then we decided to go to the artesan market today to try to finish up our gift shopping. The shopping is not as good as we have seen elsewhere such as in San Cristobal de Las Casas and Guatemala, but we found what we were looking for. Merida is known for hammocks, Panama hats (both made of hennequin), and some silverwork as well.
We then decided to go out to the zoo (15 blocks or so from the plaza) & took a taxi because it was hot & we had already been walking for quite a while
Went to Amaroīs for dinner. Nice ambiance & a couple of guys singing but food is pretty average but not bad. There was free entertainment in the plaza--folk dancing with a live orchestra. They do some pretty interesting stuff--some impressive dancing first with a beer on their head and then balancing a whole tray of beers. There was also a dance involving a pole with ribbons and some impressive weaving. Aronīs remark was that this was the way most of the traditional weaving is done.
Sundays in Merida are a great day for visiting the plaza and just hanging out. It seems everybody in the town is there. They close off many of the streets surrounding the plaza and have all sort of food & craft vendors in the plaza with music & entertainment all day. It continues into the night as we walked by 3 bands in the evening on the way back to the hotel after dinner. They also close off a bunch of the streets in the morning for families to bicycle through the city. (There are also bicycles for rent).