Hotel Merida Santiago
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... my way back to the hotel.
Word/ term of the day - lavanderia = laundry.
I got up at 7, breakfasted at 8, and I was delighted to get a piece of toast on top of what I had yesterday, though no juice. This morning was about dotting some i´s and crossing some t´s. I have been trying to do as much as possible before my tour to Uxmal leaves at 1pm this afternoon (there will be a seperate blog entitled ´Uxmal´). First, I went to the governor´s ...
... Chichén Itzá, used cenotes to access underground water, however there were no cenotes at Uxmal. Instead, it was necessary to collect water in chultunes or cisterns, built in the ground.
It's been told that human sacrifices were often performed at the highest temple of the House of the Magician. With the victim still alive, the priest would rip out the heart with a flint knife and throw the body (allegedly still moving) down the steep steps. YIKES!!!!
... north to Calle 55 (Street 55). Mérida has a pretty rigid grid structure, Cancún was similar but it wasn't quite as regular. Streets running west to east are odd numbered, whilst those running north to south are numbered even. The further west or south you go, the larger the numbers become. This has the effect of making it easier to find a certain address, but more difficult to distinguish the streets from each other. Unbeknownst to me, the streets are not ...
... compared to all the other sites, there is an area with hundreds of pillars that used to be a market where they would trade things like stones and clothing from different areas. The main area around the pyramid was the city center way back in 500-900ad when the site was used as a city, the housing for the maya people would be build in the surrounding jungle area. We got a lot of information for once and didn't have to make up our own stories. There was a very large ...
... to fifty, then find/ chase them round the 40 degree play park.
When we left Merida, I think we were all pretty sad to say goodbye. Emotional. We had equally good times with the adult
group, despite all going in very nervous. For the first few sessions we were
only teaching three guys: the comisario (sheriff), Juan, and frankly all of our
favourites, Fabien; the slightly camp but very good English speaking shop owner
who put all of our Spanish to shame. ...