Sunday, November 27, 2011
A Trip to the "White City" - Merida in 2012
This is the scene the other morning when I left my house. No, I'm not traveling to Merida on a "beast of burden" but I just wanted to share this photo anyway. My dirt road in front of my house is part of the Royal Road that used to go through San Miguel from Guanajuato to Mexico City. Remnants nearby are marked with markers telling the story. It is common for groups of horsemen to come by my dining room window taking a shortcut and avoiding centro as they come out of the mountains and are headed "who knows where."
I love being headed "who knows where". It has been a while since I've done that - I think the last time was to Chiapas a few years ago. Gosh, has it really been that long? YUP. Life has intervened. The usual trips to Texas and the beach are trips, but not to "who knows where".
So, I'm excited to be heading to Merida, Celustun,(I've wanted to go there for at least twenty years) Vallodid, Playa del Carmen and "who knows where" for 10 days the end of February. I'll be traveling with Los Vagabundos which is a great group to travel with. If you want to go off on your own, they don't care or you can do everything they have planned. This itinerary is stellar. A few days in Merida. hope to meet mutual blogger friends while there. Then on to the other parts. The only places I've been in the Yucatan have been Cancun and many, many trips to Cozumel - prior to cruise ships. This will be a real treat. I'm psyched. I've paid, I'm going.
The dilemma is that the Maya Conservancy in conjunction with the University of Texas is leading an archaeological tour to very remote sites in Guatemala the end of March to coincide with a special fire ceremony in a remote village. Oh dear, I want to go on that trip too. I LOVE Guatemala. Unfortunately, not being made of money, I can't do both. But, as my son always tells me, "If it's important enough, you'll figure a way". Maybe I'll sell something to take this trip - art, antiques, who knows. It is a "once in a lifetime" adventure.
And as you know, if you read this blog very often, "adventure" is my middle name.