Jerzy Swiadek Spyjalski, who is originally from Poland, arrived in Mérida on a boat when he was a sailor in 1974. Dairio de Yucatán writes today that he became so enamored of the city, its culture, architecture and art, he decided to stay here.
For around 25 years now, he has been part of the Sunday flea market at Parque Santa Lucia to sell various antiques — oil lamps, religious art, coins, books — he’s found around the state. He also will restore items brought to him.
Now 63 years old, Jerzy recalls how his boat docked in Progreso, and how he settled down to marry and raise a family. He says he has traveled around the world and has seen many beautiful places, not as beautiful as Mérida.
He invites everyone to visit him and his son, Francisco Estanilao Swiadek Tenorio, in the Santa Lucia Park every Sunday, starting at 9 am.