A visit to the Fez (Fes) Medina

The medina (walled city) in Fez is the oldest and largest one in Morocco. We spent over 6 hours there today, exploring the narrow streets, admiring the beautiful goods for sale and enjoying a day amidst the hustle and bustle of a Saturday in Fez. Everyone was very friendly although some of the sellers were a little pushy. Our guide, Mohammed, was very informative about this UNESCO world heritage site, built in the 9th century.

We visited the ancient Jewish quarter of the Medina. There is a rich history of Judaism in Morroco, although sadly not very many Jews remain.

We entered the medina through the famous Blue Gate. You can see that the exiting side is green.

Another highlight, although quite smelly, was a visit to the tannery. There, over 600 families ply their centuries old craft of turning goat, cow and camel hide into leather goods. Although smelly, the view from the top was awesome!

We also saw the river that used to divide the medina into 2 sections (Spanish and Tunisian) but is now connected by a bridge.

A visit to the medina of Fez is a must if you are here. Be sure to have good walking shoes and water. Have questions about our visit to Fez? Please email us at boltraveling@gmail.com

Transatlantic Cruise

We are currently on a 14 day transatlantic cruise. We left from Fort Lauderdale Florida and will end in Barcelona Spain. There are 8 long days at sea before our first port call, which will be in the Canary Islands. I’m loving long days at sea, lots of trivia, music, good food and spending time with my beloved and my best friend

Sunrise
Sunset
BOLT!
Best Friend in the Whole Wide World!

Bolt: Residents of Mexico

Congratulations to us! We are now official residents of Mexico. We have our green cards and can come in and out as we please. We no longer have to get tourist visas to enter. At this time we have a 4 year temporary residency. We intend to apply for permanent residency at the end of those 4 years.

This is the program that we were qualified under. https://mexicorelocationguide.com/special-residency-program-in-mexico/

If you are not in Mexico you can apply for residency at any Mexican Consulate but the process is much more complicated (but still doable).

It was very helpful to have Vikki and Carlos of Mexican Expat Services assist us, every step of the way. If you have questions or are interested in applying for Mexican residency, they can help. Contact them through WhatsApp at +52 999 112 4795. They also have a wonderful Facebook page .

It gives us a lot of peace of mind to have residency. We are very happy in our Mexican home!

A Trip to Motul

About 30 minutes from Merida is the charming little town of Motul. It’s a great place for a day trip. The town is the birthplace of Huevos Motulenos. This is a delicious dish of egg, tortilla and beans, covered with a tomato sauce. We ate at the famous Done Evelia’s and then enjoyed a delightful morning of shopping and exploring the town. Enjoy the pictures.

15 Best Things To Do in Merida Mexico 2022: Guide & Tips

This is a pretty good article about visiting Merida. Living here means we can take our time and visit ALL the things.

https://www.roamingaroundtheworld.com/top-5-things-to-do-in-merida-mexico/

So far we have taken the walking tour which was great. We really enjoyed Pok Ta Pok and I wrote a short blog about it.

We have visited and biked Paseo Montejo as well as several of the plazas.

We’ve enjoyed several day trips, most memorably Chichén Itza and the Santa Barbara Cenotes.

Everything else on the list we are still looking forward to. We will proceed with caution as COVID is still s very real and present danger!

Traveling to Merida

There are so many helpful videos on YouTube about traveling! This is a good one about travel to Merida. For this week’s post I thought I’d just share it.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LQPqcyabmqk&feature=youtu.be

Do you have a great YouTube video to share? Please let us know at boltraveling@gmail.com.

Christmas in Merida

The beautiful Christmas tree at Paseo Montejo Remate.

This is the second pandemic Christmas for our world. Merida, like most cities, has suffered a lot. I’m feeling a lot of hope and joy with the beautiful decorations and holiday spirit here.

Glorieta de Nativity
Parque Santa Ana

Glorietas!

Burger King sponsored Glorieta

A glorieta is simply a roundabout. There are many of these in Merida. Some have statues or fountains. But during Christmas the glorietas are transformed into magical holiday delights. One of our great community members here, Monte, made a great video of the glorietas. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZrFmzVcXUY&feature=youtu.be

His YouTube channel is actual a wonderful font of information on life in Merida.

If you are in Merida here is a link to a map of many of the glorietas. If you are not here please enjoy and like Monte’s video.

http://www.explore.mx/rutas-de-las-glorietas-y-parques-de-merida-con-decoracion-navidena/

Las Caravanas de Navidenas!

Las Caravanas

Las Caravanas are especially wonderful tradition of the Merida holiday seasons. Floats, full of musicians, decorations, holiday characters and of course Santa, visit all the different neighborhoods.

Emiliano Zapata Oriente Caravana

We we so excited when they visited our neighborhood of Emiliano Zapata Oriente!

Peppermint Soiree

Of course, the season is not complete without at least on holiday party! We had a great time at the Peppermint Soiree.

Children’s Christmas Party de Amurt-Amurtel

Most importantly, Christmas is a season of giving! I’m so grateful to have participated Amurt-Amurtel and their wonderful Christmas party for the underserved communities of Merida. Thank you to everyone who helped me collect toys for the children there. It was truly the best part of the season.

Wishing everyone a Feliz Navidad!

Amurt-Amurtel

Amurt-Amurtel and Las Mamás de Amurt-Amurtel are a wonderful organization here in Merida. I have found so much joy and satisfaction working with them.

Each week they collect donated fruits and vegetables from the market vendors here in Merida. Then they cook delicious vegetarian meals and distribute them to the underserved communities of Merida.

Currently they are also collecting new and used toys clothes and blankets to enrich the holidays of these communities.

You can read more about this about their good works in their bulletin here: https://issuu.com/babanamkevalam/docs/bulletin_apr_jun_eng_2021

If you’d like to help please let me know.