Day 78 July 4

Countries 11    Hotels 36    Cars 48

Flights 22:flying time 63.04 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 8    Elephant 1    Boat 14

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 6    Subway 8    Ferry 2

Minibus 34    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 5    Land Cruiser 8    Hydrofoil 4

Llama 1    Cycle Taxi 1    Train 3    Motorised Canoe 9

Canoe 2    Sightseeing truck 1    Sightseeing bus 1

Golf cart taxi 2

Early start today, I got a golf cart taxi to the dock, had another joyous trip in the water taxi to Belize City, then a cab ride to the airport, which was deserted, I was the first person to check in. I took a photo of the boarding gates.  I thought the flight was delayed as it was due to take off at 10.30 and I was still sitting at the departure gate at 10.20.  Then my name got called and along with eight other people I was led out to the plane, this tiny little thing.  The captain announced the flight would take ninety minutes, and it did.  We took off on time and landed at Merida, Mexico at noon.  I have taken a lot of these little planes for domestic flights but never for an international one.

Merida airport was not the friendliest of places to start my Mexico trip. Customs searched my bag, even though a sniffer dog had already gone over it.  Then the only currency exchange was a  bank and one had to be a customer, so I had to pay for the cab in US dollars, at a hideous exchange rate.

My hotel is situated on a wide, beautiful tree lined street, Paseo De Montejo, ten minutes walk from where a lot of sights and restaurants are. Paseo De Montejo was built with the aim of having a boulevard like the Champs Elysees in France, and the European influence is evident in the huge houses that were built at the time, most of which are now either hotels or public buildings, like the Museum of Anthropology.  All along this are these sweet little pairs of seats

I went for a walk downtown, to the Plaza Grande, it is really, really, hot here. The Plaza is a delightful place where locals take refuge from the sun under the trees, most of them heads bent over, making the most of the free internet that Merida provides. There is a huge cathedral which dominates the plaza on one side, but difficult to get a good photo because of the trees.

There was going to be local dancing tonight, however there was a huge thunder storm, lightening and torrential rain, so it was cancelled. The  dancers looked lovely in their traditional outfits, waiting under cover for the rain to stop, alas it was not to be.  I took cover in a restaurant, which also had a good bar and did cocktails, so that was where I finished my day.


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