Sunday, November 25, 2012
I have recently been thinking of all the wonderful things there are to be thankful for while living here in Merida. Mind you, it is not “cheap” to live here, but you do get a bigger bang for your buck on many items.
I live on a budget but do take the opportunity to splurge on myself whenever I can. For example, I have a massage therapist come to my home twice a week and I receive physical therapy and massage therapy. He is a licensed professional (four year college graduate) and does a great job. His charge is 150 pesos for one hour. 150 pesos is the approximate equivalent of $11.50 US.
The other day, I went for a haircut, shave, and manicure. Each service cost 90 pesos, or the approximate equivalent of $7.00 US. There are many places that charge less, but you get what you pay for. I normally only get a shave and a haircut, but there was a new girl in the shop just starting out so I thought I’d help her out a bit and give her some business by having a manicure. I rarely get a manicure, but I actually enjoyed the pampering. While getting my manicure, Evelyn was cutting my hair. Afterwards, I received a facial cleansing and light facial massage with a skin treatment prior to my shave. After the shave, more facial cleansing, a bit of gel for my hair, and I was on my way, feeling like a million dollars. All of this cost only $21.00, plus tips of course. How can you afford not to pamper yourself every now and then? I cannot imagine what such services would cost in the US or Canada, but I’m sure it would definitely be more than $21.00 US.
Having had an on-again, off-again, stomach flu bug for the past two weeks, I decided to go to the doctor. Most local pharmacies, have a doctor on staff. They are usually young and just starting out, but nonetheless, they are medical school graduates. I knew I needed an antibiotic to get rid of this bug I had and explained my symptoms to the young doctor. He diagnosed me with an intestinal inflammation and gave me a script for an antibiotic, cipro. His charge: zero/nothing/nada! His services are a courtesey of the pharmacy. I went to the pharmacy to fill my script and the medication cost only a few dollars. Total charge for doctor’s visit and medications was approximately $11.00.
So yes, there are some tremendous advantages of living here in Merida. But realize that, comparatively speaking, not everything is so inexpensive. There are lots of items that cost more here than in the States. Food prices keep going up and up, as does gasoline. Electricity is another big ticket item, too, as are most electronics. But, after all is said and done, you can live comfortably here, even on a fixed income.
Life is good here in Merida and I am grateful for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.
Posted by Merida Mikey at 1:31 PM