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Arrived in Mexico

Just wanted to post a short update! I arrived in the town of Yautepec (where my sister´s host family lives) at 9pm their time yesterday. That meant that door to door the trip was 17 hours - but effective flying time was only 5 hours! Two main things took time: We were quite delayed in Houston, which meant I spent 5 hours there instead of 2h 30min. Then I waited an hour for the bus at the airport, and then the bus took about 2h 15 min to get to Cuernavaca. But everything was fine, Continental did a good job in getting me here for the most part: Food on both flights (I loved getting Cheerios on my 7am flight!), exit row on both flights, nice attendants...

I left DCA at 7am, on time, and got to Houston on time even though there was a lot of fog. The next flight was delayed but I found a nice restaurant, Pappadeaux, where I had a tasty Asian Chicken salad. I treated myself to two magazine (People and Economist, to balance things out), and we finally left at 2:30 or so - just in time to make sure I hit the worst of rush hour in Mexico DF! I sat next to a nice girl who knew the airport in MX well and explained how I should get to the bus.

I was very impressed with the bus terminal at the airport though, it is right there by the international terminal, you buy your ticket and wait in a nice waiting room until your bus comes. That is something other countries could learn from! The security is quite interesting: the bus attendant had a metal detector wand! They also checked my purse. And another guy walked through the bus filming everyone´s face! So if I were to rob the bus they would be able to track me down!

The bus was not brand new, but very comfortable, with reclining seats, a bathroom, and a video screen. We watched rather boring movie about kid spies. The best part was that the bus attendant brought around free drinks and snacks! Nice! I slept a little, since I was tired from my long day, but I did notice that the traffic was very bad, just like I remembered. When we go on our long trip, we are going to leave at 2am to avoid the worst traffic. Yikes!

I will have internet for the next couple of days but not sure after that.

Comments (2)

Wow, that was quite an ordeal! It took almost as long as it takes for me to get all the way to Italy.

Interesting info on the bus accomodations. I am not sure if I would be reassured by having someone film everyone's faces. Glad you arrived safely.

Glad you are there. Love your magazine choices! And free snacks on a bus ride (didn't you have free WiFi on another bus?). Have fun!

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