We moved on January 30. This is an interim progress report of sorts. We talked a lot about what we thought we would do once we moved to Mérida, so this first section will be comparing that with reality.
We planned to spend time on healthful activities – walking and exercise, buying and preparing healthy foods. It took a while to get going on the first one. Kathy is legally blind, which makes walking in the urban environment a bit challenging, given the uneven nature of city sidewalks here. Then we found the Estadio Salvador Alvarado. We are there at least five mornings a week, walking three to five kilometers. Mission accomplished. We also purchased a used elliptical trainer that Kathy just got finished using. Here is a photo of the walking track at the Sports Center
We are doing a pretty good job of buying and cooking good food. There will be more food posts later with details about that.
I have semi-jokingly said that I would manage the Smith Family Hedge Fund, and I do spend some time in investment research, reading, and activities. It is a good fit, given my career as a research analyst in postsecondary education. I may write a more detailed post about that later.
Housing and climate
We have moved into a longer term rental and are delighted with it. It is a three bedroom, three bathroom house with a side and back patio and a swimming pool. I am glad we decided a pool would be a requirement for living in this tropical environment. We use it daily during this season, starting with morning coffee. Kathy does water aerobics in it and I enjoy an occasional cooling dip during the day and in the evening.
The pool and the house, with its good ventilation, are making it a bit easier to acclimate to Mérida’s weather. The temperatures and humidity this time of year are elevated. We get by with fans and spending time out in the shaded back patio during the day. The house has mini-split air conditioners in each room, and I have been running the one in our bedroom and in the adjoining study at night, set on 80-84 degrees (27-30 celsius). After only five months here, it is difficult to say with certainty that we will acclimate successfully, but we have become accustomed to sweating :). Others have and I am confident we will be able to also.
Day trips and vacations
We bought our car in early May, and have started doing the day trips we planned on before we retired. We talked of trying to do a weekly day trip around the closer to Mérida parts of the Yucatán peninsula, and we have done two. I have blogged about our trips to Motul and Izamal and will continue to bring short travelogue-y blogs about those. We initially talked about a 3-4 day trip once a quarter or so. So far we went on a longer trip when friends from the States were here in March, and a two night trip to Tulum in May. June saw a unplanned two week trip to the states, and currently we have nothing along these lines planned until a 5 night trip to the Caribbean side of the peninsula in November.
We are planning a major trip to Spain and Portugal for late Spring, 2015, starting by way of a wine tasting trip to California to see old friends. We’ll see how those plans go. Kathy wants to see Barcelona and the Alhambra before her retinal disease progresses much further and, having grown up in Brazil, I insisted we spend time in Portugal if we got as close as Spain.
That is about it for now. I cannot say there have been any major surprises or shocks, no big disappointments or downers. Life is proceeding well so. We are enjoying retired life in the Yucatán.