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Travel Blogs from Merida
... and the workers revolting. The communities seem to now either own the land or work with the original land owners in some capacity. James had a look through an old factory which had been destroyed in a hurricane in 2004. It still had an amazing amount of equipment there. There used to be a railway system used for retrieving the agave (cactus) crop which was a different type of cactus to the mezcal one. At the village ...
... he asked us if we wanted to know what we being sold at the next place before, or after, we tried it. You know when that’s said it’s going to be something that most of us will not have considered eating. I opted for afterwards. Probably just as well, the first sample was dark and crunchy and salty – turned out to be deep fried fat offcuts. The second was light coloured, crunchy on the outside and very springy in the middle – think ...
... When we returned, the procedure took about 20 minutes and cost the equivalent of $12 compared to $150 in New York.
Afterwards, we walked across town to the restaurant we ate at last night. After a delicious lunch and a couple of delicious Margaritas, we wandered around a local vegetable market... then we wandered some more and returned to Cascadas to discover that Ellyne (the owner/hostess) grew up in the same Queens neighborhood (Laurelton) ...
... highest in society could interpret it. Juan used the metaphor of a USB memory stick to pass on knowledge
Fun Fact #21 - the structures in 'the Nunnery' (see photo) were positioned precisely as to mark the equinoxes, but were also decorated to symbolise - sunrise: coming of life (birth, prosperity), sunset: coming of death (serpents, the Underworld)
In between the viewings of the site, our group sat down to dinner ...
... of cervazas! Our school Habla also organised a number of activities to help us practise our spanish outside of the classroom. One afternoon we watched a wonderful mexican documentary by a famous mexican documentary maker (Ben was very inspired!) and another afternoon we spent time with Marimar's gorgeous mum, Gloria, who taught us how to whip up some tomales and a wonderful mexican pasta dish over a bottle of wine.
As the days progressed ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service