Our room is beside the main eating area so at 7AM the noise started as the free breakfast gets underway. We thought it was 8 AM as we didn’t realize there is a time change between Cancun and Merida so it was an earlier than expected start to this day! We decided to check out Progreso, a town about 30 minutes north of Merida right on the water. As with all of Mexico, buses come frequently and after about 5 minutes we were on our way to Progreso. North Merida is very busy with construction as there are new building sites everywhere. There is a huge new mall, a Costco and several new car dealerships so apparently there is money in Merida.
We rolled into Progreso which was bigger than expected and had soon located the beautiful beachfront malecon. The second hotel we checked turned out to be perfecto with a pool, kitchen and patio in the oceanview rooms. Even screens on the windows so Donna negotiated a deal for 3 nights after we were done in Merida. On our wander around town we met David from Toronto who has been coming for years. For 2 months every year he rents a waterfront home for a reasonable rate – hmmmmmm, a possibility for another year?
The bus dropped us right at our hostel on our return to Merida and constructed supper before heading back out to Centro as Donna wanted some photos of the amazing murals inside the beautiful government building. At the plaza we watched a Mayan ceremony followed by a demo of an ancient game involving hitting a ball back and forth using only your hips to propel it. If it is rolling along you must sit down, slide your butt across the ground, bop it with your hip then hop up again. I can see why soccer became their sport as this seemed a little lame (and on cement, not that player friendly!). On our way home there was another concert at another plaza so we sat and watched a dynamite group play some bluesy tunes and then a young girl got up and belted out a couple of great songs. Wow what a voice. The excellent lead guitar guy also sang beautifully on a couple more songs then yet another chica got on the stage and sang a medley. She was awesome as well. This group, Los Victoria, were easily the best music we have heard in Mexico.