Living here close on eight years we’ve seen a lot of changes. Most of the changes have been superficial. Lots of clean up and sprucing up of the city, La Ermita, San Sebastián, La Plaza de La Independencia have all had face lifts.
New stores have come in Pacsadeli comes to mind first, then Superama. Chedraui Itzaes (where we do the bulk of our shopping) got cleaned up when Bodega Aurrera opened a store on Avenida Itzaes. Costco, Sam’s Club,Home and Office Depot were already here before us. We remember when Gran Plaza Mall was the modern place to shop, now there’s City Center, Las Galerias and of course, Alta Brisa. I’m sure that I am leaving out some other mall but I don’t get out much.
Star Medica arrived, so Clinica de Mérida got a face lift to compete with them. Mérida also is now home to the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de la Península de Yucatán. Medical tourism seems to be a big deal here.
In our little neighborhood, Dunosusa and Maxicarne opened stores, expanding our shopping choices.
All these changes are superficial, what really has changed is us. We’re more laid back these days. Even Mr. Dog doesn’t get excited when he hears hoof beats, though it’s rare to have the tierra men come down our street, anymore we still have calesas head home to the barn via our street. We recognize the clown horn beep beep of the bread man, the trill of the knife sharpener’s flute, and the rhythm of the horn beat by a passing gas truck. When we hear parade noises,we usually know why the parade is happening, we still enjoy them, we just expect them now and aren’t surprised.