Merida, Yucatan Day 3

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

This time of year it’s hot in Merida, Yucatan. REALLY hot. For instance today’s temperature is 93°F with 64% humidity resulting in a Heat Index relative temperature of 110°F. The best advice for surviving the heat is to live like the locals: get your chores and errands taken care of in the early morning hours, spend the afternoons in air-conditioning and then venture forth once again in the cooler evening hours.

It’s not so easy for tourists and travellers because they’re typically a slave to time (vacations don’t last forever except for retired guys like Shawn and me). For those trying to fit in as much as possible in a short amount time I would recommend: pace yourself and walk slow; take advantage of the shady tree-lined avenidas like Paseo de Montejo or walk on the shady side of the street (however you’re out of luck when…

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