The Mérida offshoot of Oaxaca’s Amate Books is in a large yellow building on Calle 60 x 51. Walking between Santa Lucia and Santa Ana, I have passed it many times, wondering if they were ever open. Apparently they were open the whole time, they just look closed. So a couple of weeks ago, we walked in, and we immediately recognized the friendly face behind the counter.
It was Jorge Fichtl, whose hospitality (and honesty) we remembered at the former Café Libertad. (My blog must be the death knell for coffeehouses, because El Hoyo is gone as well.) I say honesty because back at Liberdad last May, I was bleary after a long day, and the whole currency situation still taxes my little brain, so I mistakenly left about $100 U.S. for coffee [Read more…]