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Click the photo to find out why I've settled down in Mexico for a few months, and why I love it here!

Click the photo to find out why I've settled down in Mexico for a few months, and why I love it here!

Click the photo to find out why I've settled down in Mexico for a few months, and why I love it here!

For anyone that isn’t following me on social media (and why aren’t you, btw?) — I’ve moved to Mexico!

Specifically, I’ve moved to Merida, a city in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

map of mexico

I only came with the intention of staying a few weeks to catch up with some good friends and get caught up on work. I thought I’d check out the city and then move on, exploring more of Mexico and working my way into Central America.

I didn’t expect to fall absolutely in love with the city. But I shouldn’t have been surprised — there’s been a lot of buzz around Merida for the past few years.

The locals are friendly, the cost of living is low, while the standard of living is high, the food is amazing, and the wifi is good.

And the city is gorgeous. It’s full of impressive architecture,

merida mexico

and the streets are full of brightly painted buildings.

merida mexico

The city is also safe, very safe actually. It’s been named the safest of Mexico’s major cities. Rumor has it that the city is so safe because it’s where all the family member of the drug cartels live. If true, it’s essentially a neutral zone, but again that could just be a rumor…

I also have a community here — something I didn’t realize I was missing until I had it again. My good friends from Food Fun Travel have been living here for about a year and literally wrote the ultimate guide to Merida.

Other friends have also come and gone, and some, like me, even decided to stay longer or stick around once they experienced the city for themselves.

I found an apartment I love in a great part of town and signed a lease to spend the next few months here.

merida mexico

Signing a lease in a language I can’t read/understand… While I’m here, I hope to work on improving my terrible Spanish.

One of the great things about having friends here? We’ve been able to explore the area together. In the six weeks I’ve been here, we’ve already taken several road trips and have more planned.

We’ve explored the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal,

foodie flashpacker

Checking out ruins with Every Steph, Emily Luxton and the Travel Lemming.

had a beach weekend in Tulum, seen the unimpressive Los Colorados and Laguna Rosada, checked out the yellow city of Izamal

Izamal Merida Yucatan Mexico

and, my favorite, explored some of the area’s cenotes (natural swimming pools).

cenote Yucatan Mexico

There are an estimated 6,000+ cenotes in this area of Mexico alone, so we have a lot more exploring to do!

And the food–

  1. It’s delicious.
  2. It’s maybe not the healthiest food I’ve ever had…
yucatan gueso

Queso fundido

panuchos

Panuchos- deep fried tortillas stuffed with refried beans and topped with all manner of deliciousness. They’re so greasy, but I can’t stop eating them.

salbutes merida mexico yucatan

Salbutes- more deep fried local food.

Look for upcoming posts about local food coming soon!

Last but not least, I also found out that I qualify for a Mexican passport because both my grandparents were born here. I’m currently in the the process of gathering paperwork from the states to turn over to a local attorney who will assist in the application process.

The application isn’t a guaranteed and is still in its beginning stages, so I’ll save the process for a future post. But, it would make traveling like I do a lot easier — there are many benefits. If anyone has gone through the process of obtaining a Mexican heritage passport themselves, I’d love to hear from you!

For the time being, I’m happy. Really happy, actually. I love my new apartment and have been cooking meals and drinking wine at home — pretty much nesting.

I’m excited to plan trips to other parts of the country (Oaxaca and Mexico City are both high on my list!) and get to know my new city better. I’m planning on being here for several months, possibly until I return to summer in Europe.

If anyone has been here or to any of the cities that I mentioned I plan to visit, I’d love your recommendations!


What do you think of my decision to move to Merida? Is it somewhere you’d consider living? Let me know in the comments section below!

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How do you earn a living if you don't mind me asking, we are thinking of Marida for sure, looks and sounds like the best destination,

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Tuesday 25th of February 2020

I have a food and travel blog and I do freelance writing as well!

Haley

Monday 22nd of October 2018

I love Mexico, is so colorful and fun.

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