Another throwback post!
Back in the Fall of 2015, I had some comp days of work I needed to take off so I decided to book a trip to see my aunt in Mérida, Mexico! I arrived in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 14th. We checked in to Hotel El Español on Paseo de Montejo and then went to get dinner at a nice Irish pub. I had a beer and a delicious shrimp burger – Auntie M had her favorite seafood chowder.
I asked her what I could bring down from the states — her only request: Ovaltine! So I think I brought down 6 tubs of it and we drank it each night.
The breakfast at the hotel was incredible!
I happened to be in Merida during the International Festival of Mayan Culture!
We visited the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research to see their botanical gardens! So beautiful!
We always try different restaurants and eat very well when we’re together. Here is a little taste of Merida…
(I FOUND KOMBUCHA — Jamaica Kombucha!)
One of the craziest things we did while I was visiting: we got tattoos! This was auntie M’s idea completely — I just encouraged it and decided to do it with her! She had been researching Project Semicolon and I had heard about a lot here in the states. It’s for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Because there is a history of mental illness in our family, this was very special and important to us. The semicolon had a bonus meaning for my aunt because she’s a writer!
One bummer during the trip was that I got a weird, random throat infection. I started feeling terrible while in the Museo de Antropologia and went back to the hotel to rest. I had a fever and knew I was sick. Luckily — the hotel had a doctor on call who came in with a tackle box of medicine and got me feeling all better!
We got room service several times which felt so decadent!
It’s only fitting that the last two pictures I took were of food. Chocolate and plantain ice cream to be exact!
A delicious and culture rich trip, as always! Thanks for the hospitality auntie M!! <3