Mérida 2015

Another throwback post! 

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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. 

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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.

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The breakfast at the hotel was incredible!

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I happened to be in Merida during the International Festival of Mayan Culture!

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We visited the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research to see their botanical gardens! So beautiful!

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We always try different restaurants and eat very well when we’re together. Here is a little taste of Merida…

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(I FOUND KOMBUCHA — Jamaica Kombucha!)

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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!

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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!

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We got room service several times which felt so decadent!

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Conversation chairs!

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It’s only fitting that the last two pictures I took were of food. Chocolate and plantain ice cream to be exact!

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A delicious and culture rich trip, as always! Thanks for the hospitality auntie M!! <3