The guy in the picture above, who looks a lot like me before my hair and beard turned white, is responsible for our first visit to Merida. He’s Chef Rick Bayless, who is famous for his Mexican cooking on PBS-tv (and at his restaurants in Chicago).
Mary and I were watching the show one day, and he was broadcasting from Merida. We looked at each other and agreed that we needed to visit this city. That plan came about in December of 2009. We’ve come back numerous times. Earlier this year we bought a house here. So, there you have the short version of our retirement-destination story.