It’s the capital city of the Yucatan state and has a population of about 800,000 people. This is where I will be living while I study abroad in Mexico. Although it shares a peninsula with Cancun, it’s about 200 miles away and not built on a beach. It does, however, share the heat. The temperature will be about 95 degrees Fahrenheit while I’m there–which should make for an interesting adjustment when I return to Chicago in January.
In browsing the internet for information before I leave, I’ve found one favorite piece of information about Merida:
“Over recent years, Mérida has been a popular place to stage events, particularly of the mathematical kind. First, the International Mathematical Olympiad was held here in 2005, then the International Olympiad in Informatics in 2006. The same year, Mérida hosted the FITA Archery World Cup Final – just for something different.”
Can there be anything more exciting for a math-incompetent journalism major (been a while since I’ve picked up a bow, too)?
But I’ve also found plenty of reasons to be truly excited about my trip:
“Much of Mérida’s architecture from the Colonial period through the 18th century and 19th century is still standing in the centro historico of the city. From colonial times through the mid 19th century, Mérida was a walled city intended to protect the Peninsulare and Criollo residents from periodic revolts by the indigenous Maya. Several of the old Spanish city gates survive, but modern Mérida has expanded well beyond the old city walls.”
I’m going to be about 75 miles from Chichen Itza: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyvw6G9Max0
The sauce in this savory dish is made from 17 different ingredients that are ground up and blended. Ingredients include: mulato chiles, pasilla chiles, ancho chiles,, Mexican chocolate, peanuts, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, raisins, cloves, peppercorns, almonds, anise seeds, coriander seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. The sauce is served over either chicken or pork and is wonderful. While not a spicy hot dish, spicy-ness depends on the chilis.”
Just looking at the city makes me want to go there. Here are some good photo sites:
And a map of the peninsula (should I decide to drive to a beach):