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Day 1 - Arrival

Written on: Saturday March 18th, 2006

A journal entry from: Mexico 2006

Hello!

So, after spending the day shopping on Saturday and spending way more money than we should have, Kevin and I returned home to the fun task of packing. It was at this time that I realised that I was coming down with a head cold. What a way to start our vacation!! We packed and Kevin went to bed early since we had a 4 AM wake-up time for our 7 AM flight. I stayed up a little later to catch up on a few tasks remaining for work and uploading new music for my iPod for the long flight next day.

I had a really bad sleep since my head cold was getting worse as the night progress. We woke up a bit late after hitting the snooze button one too many times. We left for the airport at 5 AM; over 1/2 hour late. What´s new for us, eh? Once we got at the airport we found a great parking spot to leave my car until Paul (my brother) could pick it up later in the day.

We ran through the aiport, tried to validate our e-ticket at the self-serve terminal only to be told by it that our tickets couldn?t be found in the system. Hunh? Thinking it was just a mistake we were making when entering the number we talked to an agent who also couldn?t find our tickets in the system. After 30 minutes, a fast approaching boarding time, and 4 agents we finally got the matter sorted out and our tickets were printed. Little FYI; if you ever buy tickets from iTravel2000 and they issue you e-tickets for a flight with United and Mexicana airlines? get them to send you paper tickets. There´s a glitch in the system that won´t allow your e-ticket to be found.

We managed to get on our flight to Chicago with 20 minutes to spare before departure. Phew! Our flight from Chicago to Mexico City was uneventful. We had a 4 hour layover in Mexico before our last flight to Huatulco. Mexico airport is an interesting place to say the least and although there?s informative signs, all the airoprt employees give you advice opposite to what they say. So, we went through immigration for arriving Latin American flights (even though we arrived on a flight from Chicago) then walked in the opposite direction through a security check point to get to the terminal for local flights. What the heck, it worked. By this point, I was feeling pretty sick and Kevin had to put up with my moaning and groaning. He?s so patient!

Our last flight to Huatulco was uneventful and we had great leather seats and a great flight. We arrived on time at Huatulco and aunt Annette and Uncle Leo were there to greet us with huge smiles and great big hugs. Unfortunately, as we were waiting at the luggage turnstile to pick up our backpacks, I started to get a bad feeling. Passenger after passenger was picking up their bags but ours were nowhere to be seen. In the end, we were the last people waiting and there were no more luggage. As you can guess, our bags were lost. We filed the necessary paper work to get our bags sent to us the next day to Puerto Escondido and left for our hotel (Hotel Maria Mixteca) in the section of Crucetita of Huatulco. What a lovely little hotel, just off the zocalo (local square). Seems we got the last room available (we had reservations). The very nice check in lady walked us up to our room; past the first floor, past the second floor, up a wrought-iron circular staircase and down another staircase onto the roof of the hotel. We had a room that had been built (probably as an afterthought) on the roof! It had a wonderful view of the city and we got some great pictures. The funny part was that it was also the area where the cleaning ladies hung up their washing in the morning to dry. Ha!

Anyhow, we?re arrived and we?re doing fine. Stay tuned for more updates.