01.02.2015 - 10.02.2015
Dear (Blog) Diary,
If you asked me last September if I thought we'd buy a house in Mérida, I would have answered, "When did we decide to go to Mexico?"
We flew to Cancun because it was cheap, warm, and a place we had never been. Neither of us knew much about the Yucatán for that matter. The only reason we'd heard of Mérida is from a House Hunters International episode we'd seen some time ago. As you know from other entries, it has been an exceptionally surprising experience for us here in Mérida. We've literally made new friends from the moment we arrived here, beginning with Stefanie and Marcus from Switzerland, to all the locals, ex-pats, and other visitors we now know (such interesting, creative, and adventurous people). Mérida offers free WI-fi in public spaces, arts, music, and cultural events all around, a lower cost of living and what I find to be a richer quality of life.
By the exterior facade you really can't tell what the potential is inside. There are a lot of nice homes behind the tall cement walls.
So, today I would respond to that same question, "It appears to be a great city for a 'home base' and a great way to downsize living space. It also offers us the opportunity to restore and decorate a new/old house once again. It would be a place we can accommodate family and friends."
We have been fortunate to make great contacts, and have this opportunity fall into place so quickly (certainly sooner that I expected, but then again...I'm never really ready). There is a time to plan, and a time to take a leap. You never really know how long a window of opportunity stays open.
The only negative I know of at this point, is the heat is a greater challenge in the summer months. We do not plan to be here then. So dear (blog) diary, you never really know what is possible until you go out and see for yourself.