Uxmal to Merida- Jonna & Mimi
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Another terrific day! After only an hour's drive on terrific roads from Uxmal, we arrived in Merida and parked directly beside Jonna and Mimi! We were so lucky that they were here! Jazy was getting annoyed because we hadn't called them nor told them exactly when we'd be arriving. We drove in and their Lazy Daze, Tortuga, was here! Haha! They gave me their satelite Hughesnet password so we have internet- hooray!
Jonna and Mimi are great fun and drove us all around today- to the colonial square, the market, their friends' house, their own new house under construction- yes, very nice! Great fun!
Their architect, Henry, designed their friend's house too and he just won 2nd place in Architectural Digest Mexico for it (and 1st for a different project too!).
Merida is a city of about 1 million people with Office Depot, Blockbuster, huge grocery stores, Bennigan's and shiny cars. One of the top Medical cities in Mexico. Very modern and interesting. One of the first cities on the CONTINENT in the 1400's, but built on an already existing Maya city even then.
At the enormous market we got Mexican lunch at one of the stalls. Total cost for all of us was the same as one meal at last night's Uxmal Restaurant! Food was delicious too.
We also bought tangerines (5 pesos per kilo), a huge avocado (15 P), some freshly blended fruit drinks (watermelon, papaya, and a fruit whose name I forgot and was my favorite), some Yucatan honey, peanut brittle, and later on the square, ice cream made with fresh ingredients.
We rode around in their Jeep and it was so convenient to park in lots and along the street! Jonna said it was not legal to bring large vehicles into the city centro before 10pm at night, not that I'd be crazy enough to drive Ciao down there.
This evening we went over to their delightful friends' house. Their daughter just got engaged a few days ago while staying at J&M's Axumal condo! We got to meet them all, including the future son-in-law. Loved them all! Warm and gracious people. We sat around in their open-air living room eating cheeze and crackers, with soft lighting and vibrant walls, arches, stone columns, circular ironwork interior windows, tiled floors to look like rugs, and tinkling fountains while soft Yucatan breeze blew though- Magical!
The Rainbow RV Campground is the only one in town and full hookups (250 + 50 pesos pp over 2 people). It was very easy to find as the ring road was not overly busy and the speed was around 40-45 mph, making it very reasonable for driving.
We're so thrilled to be here! 2000 miles on the trip odometer today!