How Gay is MERIDA, Mexico?

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    Dec 31, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    Friends want to move to Merida because they think it has become popular with gays. True?
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    Dec 31, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    How old are these friends of yours? Potential expats ready to retire?

    I don't remember all the cities in Mexico full of retired expats, but it wouldn't surprise me if Mérida happens to be one of them icon_wink.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 31, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Saw this place twice on Househunters International and it looked great and very affordable. One of the couples was gay but that doesn't mean the place is friendly to gays. Anyone know the answer to this?
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    Dec 31, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    I saw the cutest mexican the other day at Sears. He was like 4 ft tall but still gave me dirty thoughts. It's been a long while, though..
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    Why does MERIDA sound so similar to MIERDA in Spanish?
    Am I losing it?icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    er... to me, it sounds similar to Mérida which is also a city in Spain...icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    Shagglot saidWhy does MERIDA sound so similar to MIERDA in Spanish?
    Am I losing it?icon_confused.gif


    Hahaha!

    Different etymologies. Mérida (named after the small town in Extremadura, Spain) comes from the Arabic word, Marida, which in turn originates from the Latin name, Emerita.

    I imagine the Mérida in Spain is practically "mierda" compared to the Mérida in Mexico icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    Shagglot saidWhy does MERIDA sound so similar to MIERDA in Spanish?
    Am I losing it?icon_confused.gif


    Hahaha!

    Different etymologies. Mérida (named after the small town in Extremadura, Spain) comes from the Arabic word, Marida, which in turn originates from the Latin name, Emerita.

    I imagine the Mérida in Spain is practically "mierda" compared to the Mérida in Mexico icon_wink.gif

    That's not true about Merida in Spain. Its a nice city actually with Roman architecture. I have been once there. Don't know much about Merida in Mexico as I have never been there but the one in Spain is worth a visit.
    teatro-romano-merida-espana.jpg
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    Shagglot said
    nicodegallo said
    Shagglot saidWhy does MERIDA sound so similar to MIERDA in Spanish?
    Am I losing it?icon_confused.gif


    Hahaha!

    Different etymologies. Mérida (named after the small town in Extremadura, Spain) comes from the Arabic word, Marida, which in turn originates from the Latin name, Emerita.

    I imagine the Mérida in Spain is practically "mierda" compared to the Mérida in Mexico icon_wink.gif

    That's not true about Merida in Spain. Its a nice city actually with Roman architecture. I have been once there. Don't know much about Merida in Mexico as I have never been there but the one in Spain is worth a visit.
    teatro-romano-merida-espana.jpg



    Mérida in Mexico is a much bigger city, though.

    I think what makes Mérida in Spain a bit "mierda" now is that it's one of the hardest hit areas of Spain in terms of unemployment and a struggling economy. Although that can be said for most of Extremadura in general icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    Shagglot said
    nicodegallo said
    Shagglot saidWhy does MERIDA sound so similar to MIERDA in Spanish?
    Am I losing it?icon_confused.gif


    Hahaha!

    Different etymologies. Mérida (named after the small town in Extremadura, Spain) comes from the Arabic word, Marida, which in turn originates from the Latin name, Emerita.

    I imagine the Mérida in Spain is practically "mierda" compared to the Mérida in Mexico icon_wink.gif

    That's not true about Merida in Spain. Its a nice city actually with Roman architecture. I have been once there. Don't know much about Merida in Mexico as I have never been there but the one in Spain is worth a visit.
    teatro-romano-merida-espana.jpg



    Mérida in Mexico is a much bigger city, though.

    I think what makes Mérida in Spain a bit "mierda" now is that it's one of the hardest hit areas of Spain in terms of unemployment and a struggling economy. Although that can be said for most of Extremadura in general icon_confused.gif

    That's altogether different point. In general whole of Spain has been hit by unemployment and crisis. But it doesn't make it look like Mierda. Its still quite a beautiful, clean and friendly country.
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    Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    Considering Mérida is located in a part of Mexico that is predominantly Mayan, you can go there knowing you survived the Mayan prophecy icon_biggrin.gif

    Meanwhile I just remembered that my mom went on vacation there as a kid. I need to bug her to dig up the pictures from that trip, although they're from the '60s!
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jan 01, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Is it near the border? That's where lots of tourists die in misguided drug-related gunfire.
  • mybud

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    Jan 01, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    GeorgeLifts saidFriends want to move to Merida because they think it has become popular with gays. True?
    that's the MAIN reason they intend to move there?
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    Jan 01, 2013 2:42 AM GMT
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    GeorgeLifts saidFriends want to move to Merida because they think it has become popular with gays. True?
    that's the MAIN reason they intend to move there?

    The 2nd reason are the Mayans...
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    Jan 01, 2013 2:51 AM GMT
    Mexican here sooo what I can tell you is that Mérida is pretty whatever in terms of the amount of gay people that lives there. What I can say about that city is that it's growing freakin' fast.
    If you want something really gay friendly in Mexico, there's no other place like Mexico City where you can get married icon_biggrin.gif. There are tons of gay people here. Some friends from the UK and Australia came visit me 2 months ago and they told they've never seen so many openly gay people. Mexico City actually has a really open minded society icon_smile.gif.
    On the other hand, Puerto Vallarta is actually one of the top gay friendly locations in the world icon_smile.gif

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/san-francisco/travel-tips-and-articles/76124

    But it's more of a traveling location rather than a city where you would actually live unless you're retired already.
    Finally, you do not want to move to Queretaro. Those bastards are still in the 1950's.
    Hope this helped! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 01, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    A_X91 saidMexican here sooo what I can tell you is that Mérida is pretty whatever in terms of the amount of gay people that lives there. What I can say about that city is that it's growing freakin' fast.
    If you want something really gay friendly in Mexico, there's no other place like Mexico City where you can get married icon_biggrin.gif. There are tons of gay people here. Some friends from the UK and Australia came visit me 2 months ago and they told they've never seen so many openly gay people. Mexico City actually has a really open minded society icon_smile.gif.
    On the other hand, Puerto Vallarta is actually one of the top gay friendly locations in the world icon_smile.gif

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/san-francisco/travel-tips-and-articles/76124

    But it's more of a traveling location rather than a city where you would actually live unless you're retired already.
    Finally, you do not want to move to Queretaro. Those bastards are still in the 1950's.
    Hope this helped! icon_smile.gif



    I always thought my relatives from Querétaro were a little weird. You just confirmed my suspicion icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 01, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    My first job ever as a kid was in a Mexican restaurant called Merida. Hope this helps.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jan 01, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    As Gay as an Enchilada?
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    Jan 01, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    mybud said
    GeorgeLifts saidFriends want to move to Merida because they think it has become popular with gays. True?
    that's the MAIN reason they intend to move there?


    ODDLY ENOUGH, it is the MAIN reason. These guys are not yet 40, with money to live well almost anywhere, and yet they prefer some gay fantasy land.

    It is my personal idea of a NIGHTMARE.
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    Jan 01, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    I had a great time in Mérida. Never thought of it as a "gay" city though. Just know that it's still a very religious town....very die-hard Catholics. They take their religion a lot more seriously than they do in the states. Men who wear shorts and flip flops are still given disapproving looks. I wore them anyway because it was hot as fuck, but some of the local guys looked at me as if I were wearing a dress and high heels. But a lot of Mexico is that way.