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Last but not least, month in the Yucatan

Quiet but busy month

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Our last month here and it will only be three weeks before Dara heads north and I head west! While my parents are still around I take the opportunity to go and see them for Easter before returning home. We are busy here visiting friends homes for dinners before we end our winter season. There is always plenty to try and use up in the freezer too so it is a flurry of get togethers for food! This year I thought I would get organized early and make sure to plan meals with the ingredients in the house.

This winding down is a busy time of mixed emotions. Looking forward to going home but for me not quite yet! The packing up is always a huge task and I try to get started early to make sure it doesn’t become too much of a pain. With one bag completed there is now the deciding what to leave clothes wise here and what I need for my three weeks on the other coast.. If I was going directly home it would be easier to decide! Nothing!

I spend my last days with my knitters in Merida and the beach we managed to get quite a few items made for both the needs in Merida and the beach.

Here is a sample of what we did this year! Hats for cancer kids; newborn babies and blankets for the seniors

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Some photos of the trip

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On one of my last trips to Merida I found more delights to take photos. I thought I was done but lucky for you I was not!

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There is a little town that is now more like a suburb of Merida called Ditzya has artisans working in two mediums: wood and stone. We scored a most beautiful salad bowl in a hard wood called ????? And an onyx lamp for Dara! The town is very small with one main road where most of the stone works are made and the square where the woodworkers are concentrated. I ordered some wooden items to be copied from pieces I brought from home. Yes they are all for knitting, need one ask.

I bought these while I was there

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March here also brings the Book Fair to Merida. I was son engrossed in the books that I didin’t take any photos inside. Jackie and I went to this fair as we enjoyed it so much last year. We took the opportunity to go for lunch after we met with the Gorro Girls for our last time this season. Dara joined us here as he had never been and I know how much he likes books. We did manage to find a few to take home with us.

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Another season in the Yucatan has come to an end. With our annual meal with the owners at this lovely restaurant in Merida call Apoala. We had attempted to eat here before with friends but they weren’t keen on the menu. All is set for another year in the same house on the beach.

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It is always a hoot to see them celebrating St Patricks day in Mexico. Something I learned this year was that it means a lot to many Mexican and it is call Santo Patricio is honoured in many towns for helping in the war against the United States. Many Irish immigrants came to the help of the Mexicans and to thank them they have a celebration of their own.

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The last symphony Sunday was not a disappointment! We managed to get to 7 concerts one in December at the end of the fall season and then 6 of the 12 in the 2018 season. It is so nice to spend a Sunday in Merida with all the life that happens in the city! Dara joined friends of ours for a last hurray at the Merida Bull fight! Not my cup of tea!

Here are some old photos I found of this wonderful theatre from the beginning of the twentieth century! To think of all the wonderful people and entertainment in this superb building in Merida! Before entering for our concert there was some activity happening on the street worth taking a photo of :

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The last week in Chicxulub is always a busy one but it is manageable as long as you give yourself enough time and start early; this allows me to enjoy the time here with my friends and not be all stressed out. This is the first time Dara has been here for this event! Our friendships here just grow deeper every year making the return the next season all that more appealing. Our last meal was with our Quebec neighbours Louisette and Denis who are the nicest couple you would ever want to know. We have enjoyed many days of floating in the ocean when the water is just perfect. This year we had the return of Catherine and Rainer and enjoyed the time spent with them; when they popped over for a dip in our pool or a float in the ocean. We were delighted to share our pool and wonderful ocean view with them.

I managed to find time to enjoy the last of the sunsets

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The week before the busy Holy weeks starts there is a fair in Chicxulub that is always a hoot to watch! No bumper cars this year so no risking an injury.

It always amazes me to see candy and cigarettes sold on the same table!

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Saying goodbye to this view for another season is always bitter sweet! But I know i shall be back again soon

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Dara and I happened to leave at the same time but on two different flights. We parted our ways for the next few weeks. My last bit will be spent with my parents. Stay tuned to the last three weeks in Los Cabos.

Posted by OhUiginn 20:40 Archived in Mexico

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