Merida, Mexico at Night
In a city with almost a million people, it seems almost inconceivable to even consider taking the family out, at night, to explore. But far away from the troubles of warring drug cartels, the beautiful Yucatan city is a great place to go at night, especially on Sundays.
I have to say I was, and still am, totally enraptured with Merida. Its colonial architecture, bustling city streets, and friendly people stole my heart in our short time there.
Initially, I was the only one that really wanted to venture out into town again that Sunday. After a full morning riding bikes and then lunch, my adventurous spirit was the only one longing to see what goes on in Merida on Sunday nights. I'd read that the whole town turns out for dancing, socializing and having a good time. What's not to love about that?
With my superb convincing skills, I talked everyone into going. And Merida didn't disappoint!
We initially did a walking tour through the Palacio del Gobernador and saw huge murals depicting the varied past of Merida. Then, we walked around the central plaza and saw a clown performance, lots of street vendors selling everything from clothing to belts to rugs and everything in between. That's when we stumbled upon a street performer dressed up as a white angel that traded a small candy for coins. So, our little guy, always ready for a treat, eagerly waited for the other children to take their turns before trading his half a peso for candy…and was THRILLED. Except now, he thinks all angels give candy.
After that, we passed a large crowd of people dancing to live music. It was quite fascinating seeing all these people dancing the same dance all at the same time. Here's a short clip:
And, to wrap up the evening, we HAD to get a snack. We got something that was like a very thin waffle cone folded up with nutella inside (most people got shredded cheese inside, too, but we stuck with nutella!) and churros! Oh. My. Goodness. The churros were AMAZING! The waffle cone batter thing was good (I wish I could remember what it was called), but the churros were SO much better.
If you're ever in Merida, don't miss out on this traditional Sunday night event in the center of town. We always felt safe. There were all ages present, from grandparents to babies and everything in between.