Kwanzaa Celebration 2022!

We had a wonderful community Kwanzaa Celebration in Merida this year and we hope you enjoy these pictures.

Once again our celebration was at Villa Romanales, a lovely event center here in Merida.

The children parading in with the symbols.

The children lit the candles and set the Kwanzaa table. The had lots of fun too!

Adults from the community spoke on the principles.

We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous teens!

Happy Healthy New Year!

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BOLT Spotlight on: Yucatán Giving Outreach

This week Kathy and I had a wonderful opportunity to give back, in a small way, to the beautiful Yucatan, our new home.

We participated in a Christmas tree party at the largest children’s shelter in the state. CAIMEDE currently houses 196 residents from newborns to disabled adults. The party was organized by Yucatan Giving Outreach, an amazing organization.

All 20 rooms at the shelter received a tree to decorate. Volunteers provided snacks, drinks and activities. Kathy and I had a room of 6 teen boys. They were delightful and we all had a great time!

Kimmy Suki!

Yucatan Giving Outreach provides critical support services to orphanages, shelters for the elderly and women, soup kitchens aiding children and additional rehabilitation centers in Merida and across the state of Yucatan. Kimberly Davin-DeGraff (Kimmy Suki) founded YGO in 2013. Through her passion and desire to help the severely poor and those in need in the community, with her energetic passion and selfless dedication, Kimmy has driven YGO to become the focal point of multiple efforts in many communities. As a leader Kimmy oversees all the volunteers and outreach programs on a daily basis.

Working with YGO is a wonderful experience. If you live in Mérida, I highly recommend reaching out to them. If you don’t live here, perhaps consider donating: https://ygo.mx/

20 Top Pros and Cons of Living in Merida, Mexico – Fifty Plus Nomad

We hope you enjoy this interesting article we found.

https://fiftyplusnomad.com/pros-and-cons-of-living-in-merida/

Wakanda Forever

While I had some problems with the Black vs Brown violence in the movie, this article is very interesting.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-mesoamerican-influences-behind-namor-from-black-panther-wakanda-forever-180981106/

And it was wonderful seeing the movie with almost 150 Black ex-pats, visitors and friends.

Hanal Pixan: A Mayan Sacred Tradition

Hanal Pixan is the name for the festivities which take place in the Yucatan which are similar to the Day of the Dead celebrations throughout Mexico. However, there are some Maya additions to the 3-day holiday which are specific to the peninsula and reflect the history and culture of the Maya people.

https://traveltomerida.com/hanal-pixan/

We were able to attend the Paseo de las Animas which is one part of this fascinating and beautiful holiday. You can read more about it in the article linked about. We hope you enjoy our pictures and videos.

BOLT’s Top 5 Things To Do When Visiting Merida

We’ve been blessed with lots of visitors lately and were so proud to show them our beautiful city. So, it’s time for a top 5 list of what we suggest you see when visiting Merida.

El Zócalo

1. El Zócalo

Also known as la Plaza Grande or Grand Plaza el zócalo is a must visit site. It’s a great spot for picture taking, it’s surrounded by historic colonial buildings and an ancient cathedral. There are lots of art galleries and street vendors in the area. At night el zócalo comes alive with music, light shows and a variety of activities.

Musica en el Zócalo!
El Museo del Mundo Maya

2. El Museo del Mundo Maya

The Maya World Museum is a striking, modern Mayan cultural museum with many exhibits of art, handicrafts & history. It’s a great place to spend a cool air conditioned afternoon on a hot Merida day.

Maya Museum Exhibit

3. Biciruta on Sunday Morning!

Rent a bike and enjoy a ride down historic Paseo Montejo. The street is closed to car traffic on Sunday mornings and full of bikers, skaters, folks walking their dogs, babies in strollers and more. It’s a lovely way to take in Merida’s main street with beautiful old mansions and monuments.

Monumento de la Patria
Look for the pink umbrella!

4. Free Walking Tour

Every day at 10 am there is a great walking tour which starts at Parque Santa Lucia. You will tour central Merida, see lots of historic buildings and thoroughly enjoy a brief history lesson.

Cathedral de Merida

5. Take a Day Trip

With so much to see and do you may not want to leave Merida. However, at least one trip out of town shouldn’t be missed. You can visit the closest beach town or Progresso, spend a day at one of the many cenotes or visit the pyramids at the World Heritage Sites of Chichen Itza or Uxmal.

Yucatan Cenote
Uxmal

If you are planning a visit to Merida, please let us know. We’ll be proud and honored to show you our beautiful home city.

Beauty is…Merida! I love how our city has opened up and that there is something for everyone! We have teen groups, 50+ groups, Saturday Morning Walk and Skate, groups for young children and their moms and so much more! There is classical music, jazz, traditional Mexican music and dance and even Guns and Roses were here! This past weekend there was Carnival and coming up is Noche Blanca. I love Merida and all the ways I can #findbeautyeveryday ! www.bolttraveling.com

A Morning in Uxmal

Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period located in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichen Itza and Calakmul in Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize, and Tikal in Guatemala.

Uxmal is about one and a half hours drive from Merida. Today, cool and cloudy, was the perfect day for a visit.

I found Uxmal to be much less touristy than Chichen Itza, it’s also much smaller. Be prepared for walking and climbing some fairly challenging steps.

Uxmal is a beautiful place and a great uncomplicated way to spend a morning in the Yucatán. Thank you for reading our blog. Please reach out to us with any questions at boltraveling@gmail.com