So it took 12 hours from boarding in Victoria to arriving at the Merida ADO bus depot today. Not bad, though pretty tiring. I wanted to see how hard it is to get here without an overnight layover in some city where you don't really want to be, like Mexico City or Cancun. It is definitely worth it to just get right off the plane and on the bus, though I will need to figure out the airport-to-bus-depot shuttle scheme a bit better. In one of those funny coincidences I shared the combi ride with a couple who also happened to be from Vancouver Island; a lovely nurse and a veterinarian who have spent the last week exploring Mayan ruins and other Yucatan sights.
In Centro tonight the streets are busy with people walking around and looking relaxed. There's subdued jazz and pleasant chatter drifting over from a restaurant behind the Hotel del Peregrino where I'm staying. A nice vibe to come back to.