After the market, we visited the town of Mérida and for the first time, saw mansions in Mexico. Inside of these mansions is an archeological museum. What was great about this museum was the fact that we were able to apply our knowledge of hieroglyphics to translate the artifacts on display. For example, using our knowledge of Mayan numbers, we noticed in one the stone tablets, called a stele, that the number nine was engraved. While by the mansions, we also saw a modern sculpture at the end of the Paseo Montejo. This sculpture represented the thirty states in Mexico and their leaders. It is known that many locals will gather around this sculpture whenever the Mexican soccer team wins a big game to celebrate.
Our last stop was downtown Mérida where we were surprised to see that the layout of the downtown is exactly the same as Valladolid. This is because all the colonial cities have been set up this way. We visited the government building and looked at all the murals there. These murals are significant because they are free to the public, so that locals and tourists may enjoy the rich culture and past of the Yucatan. It was also extremely fun to enjoy the culture of Mérida at night and watch the town come alive. We saw the churches and plaza lit up at night and enjoyed eating ice cream at a quaint ice cream shop in the plaza.
--Elaine and Meera
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Location:Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico