Last time we flew to Mérida, I swear we swore our next trip would be a longer one. The plane tickets cost the same whether you take a quick trip or now. But we’ve realized we’ll need to parcel out our time carefully because of the busy year ahead — building Casa Nana.
So we’re swooping in, shaking some hands, signing some documents, picking up keys, and heading back home in a few days. Since Christmas and New Year’s happened on Sundays in 2011, we were allowed to apply those days to time off in1Q 2012. So technically, I’m spending the holidays in Mérida, just like I’ve always wanted. Yay.
We’re also going to finally try the Cancún route. It’s less time in the air from New York City, and although we’re not shaving much time off our travel, and the price is a wash, but it should be more relaxing overall. Best part is, we won’t have to get up at some ungodly hour in the morning to get the one and only flight to Houston. It’s a restless night worrying that I’ll oversleep and miss the only flight, and we’re deprived of those final hours in town, time that we’ve really paid for.
We’ll also try another boutique hotel this time, rather than the big Hyatt. I enjoyed the Hyatt, and the free food and drinks on that nice executive-level lounge, but I missed being in the Centro Historico. I’m also paying $50 USD less a day, which makes me realize how expensive all that free food and liquor was!
You know what’s really funny about this trip? This will be trip No. 5, and until now, I’ve flown directly into Mérida, and except for one jaunt at Hacienda Teya, I’ve never been anywhere outside of town. (Or is Teya within the city limits?) I have never vacationed in Mexico. I figure the ruins, the pink flamingos and the beach will wait, once the house is built. So now I’ll see a bit of Cancún and the toll road. I’m looking forward to it!