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Week One arrival direct to Merida!

sunny 29 °C

Week one in Yucatan

We are here on another adventure in the Yucatan. I really am disliking snow more and more so coming here for an additional month sounded like heaven to me. I am also only 6 hrs trip away from my parents.
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Our trip started with a flight the day before to Toronto and a visit with Adam and Sheena over dinner at Montana's restaurant. Quality Inn might be cheap and not far from the airport but they took an hour to pick us up in their shuttle. Next time we'll take a cab!

Arriving so quickly in Merida is such a nice change. thank you Westjet for adding flights to Merida directly from Toronto. My first comment to Dara was " I feel like we are home". Our trusty driver Carlos was there for us as always. He took us through the back roads never travelled in Merida to get to Costco where we loaded up with essentials for our 4 months.

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Our first morning view

We arrived early enough, for the first time, to help the Chicxulub Food bank with their Christmas hampers for the needy families. It was a very well coordinated process that Sharon has mastered over the years. Lorraine and I were comfortably sitting at a table making sure all 53 families bags were properly labeled and no family got forgotten. With such a large group present the whole process only took one hour! This meant I didn't have to sneak off to my dentist appointment as we were done in plenty of time for me to get to Merida.

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The dentists office

I am so glad that I had reserved tickets to a wonderful night of chamber music in the exquisite Hacienda Xcanatun only 27min drive away. Our friend Jackie joined us for the evening of dinning and music and we were taken there by our reliable driver Carlos.
Here in this beautiful location to hear music. Played by the Chamber Music Merida.: Jacque Ibert, Sir Arnold Bax, Claude Debussy and Eduardo Angulo. I didn't enjoy the second piece as much as the others. We shall be back for the next concert on Jan 12. Bought the tickets already!

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A walk into Chicxulub along the beach is mandatory for breakfast in the market, of Panuchos, and fresh orange/carrot juice in town. The walk wasn't as easy as much of the beach has eroded away.

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The beach disappearing

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Panuchos and juice

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Friday is Euchre day and there were almost 4 tables we were short one person to make the 4th. I never play this game anywhere else but do enjoy it
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On Sunday after a heavy downpour we managed to climb over some walls to get out on our street. I forgot to take a photo! Silly me! We headed into Chicxulub for the children's Christmas party. The location has changed for the Food-bank distribution and it is nice not for them to have to line up in the sun! At the party the families pick up their 'hampers' (plastic bags), and the children under 10 get a gift from Santa. Dara was almost asked to be the jolly old st nick but was he ever glad not to have to sit in that costume in this heat.

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Wouldn't want to be dressed like this in 30C heat!

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Santas helpers

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See no evil..........
I was too busy with checking off the names to get any more photos. I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the party. There is no music and no nibbles. "Times are tough in these here waters". This would be my suggestion for next year. They allow any kids to come and sit on Santa's knee and come by for a gift, which I thought was a lovely thing. On the 15th they will return to this same location for their monthly food bags. After this was done at noon most of the group headed to Capitan Flores for lunch but with it being Sunday and our favourite restaurant is only open on weekends we opted to got to the Patrullero! I love the fried fish there and their coconut shrimp. It was hard to choose but I went for the fish.

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We tried out one of the new Restaurants in Progreso; La Antigua, with our friend Linda. So since I had chosen the fish yesterday i opted for the coconut shrimp. It was beautifully presented and very good sitting on a bed of mango purée. I still like the other place best. Worth trying to see if it was also as good.

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Half way when I realized I hadn't taken a photo!

Walking along the Melcon in Progreso is always such a calm relaxing place. With the addition of a lovely sign at one end

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Today is cruise ship day and it seems that there are two of them. So it will be busy in town. I might have avoided it but it is the only day that the artisan market is open so I might go in and check out the new one that just opened at the beginning of December

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Two cruise ships today

Posted by OhUiginn 06:14 Archived in Mexico Tagged "yucatan" "progreso" "chicxulub"

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Thank you Andrea for taking the time to write and share your photo. So nice to see you and Dara in the plane. You made me feel I am already there... for a minute. I will wait till Jan.10 but me, I enjoyed the snow and our outside chrismass tree is so beautiful with full of lights under the snow and remind me my christmass while I was a kid... long time ago... Ah! Ah! Enjoy and have a nice Chrismass time under the sun and kiss everybody I know for me. Love, Louisette xoxoxo

by Louisette Grenier

Loving the virtual living, ah one day I hope.

by Maggie Lederman

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