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Report 1549: Three Days in Mexico

By jos from USA, Spring 2006

Trip Description: Three days in Mexico with lost luggage and many of the other challenges that life tends to throw at one.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Mexico

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Beach; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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Page 1 of 3: The Flight and Lost Luggage

Travel is supposed to be fun and interesting. My trip to Mexico was both. I ate authentic fish tacos, drank homegrown tequila, danced on the beach by the rolling sea, and bought a weekend wardrobe.

However, what made my trip so interesting were the many challenges that arose as I made my way through luggage terminals and nursed a friend through a brief but intense bout of illness. If I learned one thing in Mexico, it was not to let obstacles get in the way of having a good time.

It all started on the plane (doesn't it always?). My friends and I were a bunch of twenty-somethings fresh out of college and ready to take Mexico by storm for a three-day girls only getaway. After a few drinks and several trips to the tiny airplane bathroom, we landed in the Tijuana International Airport.

By the time we got off the plane and headed down to baggage claim, we were all feeling pretty footloose and fancy free, ready to pick up our bags, then taxi the fourteen miles to Rosarito and get the good times rolling.

After spending over an hour and a half down in the baggage claim watching everyone's luggage except mine pop out of the little hole in the wall, I realized that my suitcase was not where it was supposed to be. Back at the help desk, I learned that my bags had accidentally gone to another country altogether. They were somewhere in Canada. Ouch.

"I told you!" shrieked Lucy, my best friend since seventh grade. "I told you to take off your old tags." She shook her head at me. Lucy and I had done a lot of traveling together and our most recent trip had been to Canada, which was one possible explanation for why my bags had ended up there. Lucy was militant about removing old tags.

"Donít worry ma'am," the attendant said. "We have a 98% success rate of recovering misplaced luggage within twelve hours. There's a good chance your bags will arrive in Mexico in about forty-eight hours and we'll have them delivered to your hotel."

"Oh good," I responded. "Since we're only going to be in Mexico for seventy-two hours, I'll have my belongings for a whole day." I considered this and then said, "You know what? Just send them back to San Francisco. I won't need them here."

"I have my purse," I told my friends. "So I'm good on money and ID. I'll just need to pick up a few things. We can stop at the gift shop."

Lucy shook her head. "If you weren't going to remove your old tags, at least you could have followed the French Kiss rule."

"French Kiss doesn't apply," I reminded her. "This trip is only three days."

The French Kiss rule comes from the movie French Kiss, in which Meg Ryan loses her luggage on a trip to France and has to get by with the items in her carry-on. Lucy and I had a pact that for any trip over five days, we bring a well-stocked carry-on, just in case. This little sojourn didn't qualify.

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