I am so happy to be back in Merida this week, to follow up on the article I wrote about the Other Mexico last month and to meet many of Mexicans and ex-patriates who wrote me with their comments about life here. I will be blogging and tweeting during the week, meeting with some of the local officials, and giving a talk about the “soft power” of social capital and how it feeds Merida’s special brand on Wednesday.
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, and the elegant Paseo de Montejo avenue is closed on one side so everyone can enjoy it. There’s a wedding party starting in our hotel, families coming to brunch with their grandparents, and other families are riding their bicycles, joggers are passing by, and there are preparations for a big walk to raise money for hemophilia. Later we will head to the plaza central to see teenagers perform Yucatan dances and hear some of the fabulous musicians who are contemporaries of the Buena Vista Social Club in Cuba. I can’t wait to show my husband the Museum of Yucatan Song today.