Merida didn't entirely shut down in the hot afternoon of summer, but it very nearly did. Plenty of shops would close in the afternoon. Even the rental car place I used one day I was there was closed in the afternoon. But just as the sun began its descent on the horizon, the Yucatan nights started. A cool breeze washed over the city, the lights came on, and people reappeared on the streets. And honestly, I never did figure out when they all went back in and everything closed. A good chunk of the daylight hours seemed to shift to the night in the Yucatan.
It was unusual at first but as I got attuned to the weather, it quickly seemed normal. I never took naps in the afternoon, but I did learn to take it easy or maybe wander in a museum.
This photo art depicts what the evening was like in the zocalo, or main plaza. This is based on a photo from one of my last nights in Merida. This particular night, the sun had made a spectacular descent on the horizon and the sky was a literal wash of pinks and blues in the last ebbs of light. The street lights were casting a warm glow across the zocalo and the locals and tourists alike were enjoying another Yucatan night.
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April 12th, 2013
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