After 9 weeks in Merida I’m finally moving on. I learned a lot from my time there and, in the final three weeks, met some really amazing people. I improved my Spanish, learned a ton about Mexican history, I learned how to make tamales, I met people from over a dozen different countries, I had dinner with someone I’d not seen in 17 years and I saw beautiful things.

I’ll miss it and I have a feeling I’ll be back, but it was time to change. I’ve set out southwest with some friends and will probably be settling in San Cristobal de las Casas next. I’m looking forward to a break from the heat and humidity and to exploring the beauty that Chiapas is known for. But first, Campeche, home of my friend Rafael.