Monday, November 30, 2009

Fine dining in Merida

The food in Merida and the Yucatan is widely praised, though not everyone's a convert. I heard enough dissing of the inferior tortillas (not soft like those in MexicoCity) and predominance of turkey in nearly everything. I guess you have to choose for yourself. Here's  the NYT's Mark Bittman on Yucatan cuisine.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

While U wait

On Friday I heard the survey has been done on our possible house. Which means, I think, still more waiting for information to be distilled intro a report. Estimated time for completion was three weeks, but at least it's in progress.
Meanwhile I find myself wandering through the local Pier 1 and daydreaming about furnishing the house we don't yet own. Merida has a Pier 1 inside the Sears store, and it has some of the same inventory as the Victoria outlet, so I tell myself I'm being practical. In reality, though, we're a long way from having a place to even hang a hammock. 
Temperatures have cooled 10-20 degrees fahrenheit since I left and it has rained a lot. I think about the step down from the back garden into the dining room and worry about whether flooding is a possibility. I know, probably not. I'm probably confusing it with Vancouver Island, and Duncan, where salmon were spawning in the street this past week.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Es complicado

Back from the library laden with inspiration. Hacienda Style, The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy, Mexican Contemporary (design), Pool Ideas, and a four-CD set of spanish language lessons:
"A second chance"..."una segunda oportunidad"..."Enjoy yourself"..."Que lo pases bien"..."He got fired"..."lo dispidieron"..."May I go now?"..."Me puedo ir ya?"
Did we buy a house in Merida? I think so..."creo que si." It's complicated. "Earnest money", a down payment, is waiting to be paid out of a U.S. account. The lawyer was drawing up a contract. But there's a hitch. There's a three-metre discrepancy between the property boundaries on the deed and the survey. So a new survey needs to be  made. Maybe someone else could come in and put another offer on the house in the meantime. I guess that's a risk we have to take.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Feeding the fantasy of a home in Merida

I haven't had a chance to share photos of the house tour last week (just last week?) in Merida. Here are some of the fantasy homes that feed the appetite of gringos like me. We become fixated on finding an abandoned ruin to turn into our own version of the dream casa.
House Hunters International apparently has the same effect. Just yesterday I read a thread on in which people were talking about what lured them to Merida and the Yucatan. I think about half a dozen said it was the HHI TV show and its Merida episode a couple of years ago.
Anyway, here are some house tour pictures
(Feb. 7/10 I finally got around to changing the title of this post because I had been warned that the original was likely to get caught in spam filters, as it compared real estate photos to certain illicit forms of adult entertainment.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Was I dreaming?

Three days back at home and at work and the past two weeks of heat and amazing sounds and scenes and making new friends and checking out potential houses seems somehow surreal.