Lynn & Brian's Fabulous Yucatecan Adventure
©1996 by Lynn D. Troldahl Hershberger (
In Valladolid, I had my first experience of really needing more Spanish than I knew. I didn't know how to tell the woman at the hotel (El Meson del Marquez - ehl MAY­sohn del MAR­kayss) that we had a reservation. We finally got it figured out but it was one of several barely-communicative moments I would have liked to avoid.

The room was typical of a Colonial­style hotel in an old Mexican city. There was plenty of carved dark wood with wrought iron headboards. There were crosses on the walls and in the headboard. On the more modern side, it had a TV, and we watched "Los Simpsons" in Spanish.

We became appreciative of the USA's dependable and abundant supply of water, for drinking or otherwise. We found that in the four hotels where we stayed, that water pressure was not what we are accustomed to, and often the hot water was merely lukewarm. Also drinking water at this type of hotel is usually provided in your room in a bottle or you are provided with a pitcher and there is a large drinking water dispenser in a hallway.

[Photo: Courtyard fountain, hotel restaurant in Valladolid.]

Our room was off the beautiful courtyard; complete with fountain and garden. The courtyard was surrounded with tables for their excellent Yucatecan restaurant. We ate two meals there. The waiter knew a sprinkling of English words related to the menu and I knew a few Spanish words so we were able to order some local specialties, and the food was delicious. We found that to be true throughout all traditional areas of the Yucatán peninsula. With black beans and fresh tortillas in addition to the rest, I was in heaven.

Next: Chichen Itza

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