So the day had finally arrived for me to bid farewell to Melbourne and begin “Part 2” of my Round-The-World adventure through Asia. After an emotional farewell at South Yarra station with Lou (where we ended up awkwardly waving at each other some more across the platform after saying goodbye – ha!), I set off for Tullamarine airport…where disaster awaited!
We were welcomed to Merida my a much warmer climate, it was a balmy 27 degrees and I couldn’t have been more relieved! We got a cab straight to our hostel, Nomadas Hostel, which is still probably one of my favourite hostels. Downtown Mérida has a grid layout quite typical of the Yucatán region, even-numbered streets run north and south and odd-numbered streets run east and west, so it’s pretty easy to find your way around.
Exploring Mexico City
We touched down in Mexico City at about 5 AM, very groggy and not very well rested! Despite having had an entire row of seats to ourselves each, there were not one, but three crying babies on our flight and not even my brand new earplugs could drown them out! So it’s safe to say that we didn’t get much sleep on that 2 AM flight from JFK. Both my luggage and I had the bad luck of getting randomly selected for inspection which was pretty annoying, especially since they broke my brand new, just-bought-especially-for-this trip, luggage lock despite it supposedly being TSA approved. Grrrr….but after breezing through with my poco de espanol we went off in search of public transport into the city.