Neighborhoods Around the World: “Merida, Mexico”

Show me your neighbourhood around the worldAs part of the “Show me Around your Neighborhood” series, where several multicultural families around the world are sharing pictures of their communities- I am sharing Merida, Mexico, where we spent our summer. It is so fun to see where everyone lives, goes to school, plays at the park, buys their food, etc! Check out the main list and view neighborhoods such as Curitiba, Brazil, Rural Zambia, and Nagoya, Japan among many others. I encourage you to show your children the photos, and talk about the similarities and differences. Kids love to learn about schools, homes, and even bedrooms of other kids around the world!

In Mérida, the climate is tropical and hot. In the summer it is too hot to play in the middle of the day- but at night, the plazas are packed with people as families and kids play and enjoy the evening. Watch some videos of playing in the plaza at night here. Every evening and weekend the plazas have folkloric dancing and shows for kids (such as the princesses below). There are also parks where kids can climb trees, play soccer, or pay a small fee to drive around little cars or jump in trampolines.

Playing in Merida- Kid World Citizen

When we were in Mérida, we mainly walked or used public buses or taxis to get from one place to another. One unique form of transportation around the Yucatán are the mototaxis or bicitaxis- these were my kids’ favorites ways to get around, especially on unpaved roads! Ricky says he would like to build one to drive when he’s a grown-up. Mototaxis are connected to the front of a motorcycle, and bicitaxis are man-powered, on a bike.

Mototaxi Bicitaxis Merida- Kid World Citizen

Here is the house we rented (the blue one). Also, there are some beautiful old houses from the days of the henequén plantations in the centro histórico. Finally below you can see some of the typical Mayan houses, whitewashed and with a straw roof.

Merida House- Kid World Citizen

Paseo de Montejo- Kid World CItizen

Traditional Mayan Houses- Kid World Citizen

When Mérida was founded in the 1500′s, many people did not know how to read. In order to organize the city, picture signs were hung on prominent street corners so everyone would know where they were. Here are a couple of the signs that are still hanging up, and a view of a street near our house.

Streets in Merida- Kid World Citizen

Families can choose for their children to go to a local public school, which would be free and run by the government, or a private school. When we were in Mérida this summer, we hired a teacher to come to our house, and also to take us on field trips- we saw a lot of summer school groups visiting museums, cultural houses, and churches. Here we are doing our lessons in one of the many museums, and then a visit to the nearby zoo (only a short walk from our house!).

Classes in Merida- Kid World CItizen

Zoo Merida- Kid World Citizen

Finally, we get to the market. In México there are huge supermarkets, small corner grocery stores, and tons of markets that sell everything under the sun. We prefer the markets because the produce is so fresh, we can buy fresh cheese and meat, and the environment is colorful and vibrant with live music and lots of food stands for snacks. Here are some pictures of markets in Mexico:

Mexican Markets- Kid World Citizen

We hope you enjoyed our neighborhood in Mérida, Mexico! We had so much fun gathering the pictures. Please check out the other neighborhoods featured in the series here.

 

11 Responses to Neighborhoods Around the World: “Merida, Mexico”

  1. AnnabelleHumanes

    love this place. So colourful and festive looking. Many thanks for taking part in the series.

  2. Loved this view of Merida – Mexico always seems so colorful and vibrant to me, and this post just reminds me of how much I would love to spend some time there!

  3. I’ve never been to Merida but I loved this tour! It looks like a stunning place – I love the picture street signs! Your photos and descriptions made me miss Mexico – I hope to bring my family there one day.

  4. Wow, it looks amazing! Do you have family in Merida? I would love to take my kids to a Spanish speaking country for a summer! Sigh!

  5. These pictures remind me of my childhood trip to Mexico – wonder if we passed through Merida? We drove nearly to the southern tip, so we saw a lot of the country!

  6. mamasmiles Oooh, maybe you did? What an awesome trip! What other places did you go?

  7. What a beautiful tour!  I’ve never been to Merida – the closest I got was Chetumal.  It looks like a beautiful city.  I love the markets and the plazas.  In Costa Rica (at least in San Jose), unfortunately there has been a big shift to hanging out at the mall instead of at the plazas.

  8. fortheloveofspanish

    What a beautiful place!  It’s neat to cities with such history…and I love how colorful the markets are!

  9. This is so so beautiful! I loved this!

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