Mérida has almost a million people, but I’m talking about a small part of it, the part around its main square. The historic center of Mérida is under 3.5 square miles and contains about 20,000 properties with historical value, of which between 3,000-4,000 are ruins. Of those, 34 percent are beyond repair. This is where a growing community of expats are discovering a laid-back, affordable lifestyle filled with culture, good food and fun.
This story is a good place to start, however. It appeared in Hearst Connecticut newspapers in January 2011. The writer is a dear friend. OK, OK, it’s me.
A much more eloquent travelogue comes from the Irish Times’ Paddy Woodworth.