Santiago -  our neighborhood

Casa Mexilio's Colonial neighborhood.
Once the oldest coffee shop, now a nasty antro.

The oldest coffee shop in Merida is on the opposiste side of our block.

The Plaza of Santiago is a meeting place -- for taxis and city buses, , supermarket, pharmacy, 24 hr convenience store, vegetable, fruit, and flower markets -- and typical food stalls abound.  There's also a cobbler, first run movie theatre, barber, Chinese restaurant, paint and hardware stores.  And benches in a well-tended park for passing idle hours and waiting for romance.