Yeeeeee-Haaaa! My Layover in Texas-

Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
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Trip End Apr 22, 2012


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012





My plan to get to Roatan was easy enough. Fly to Lax from my starting point San Diego, take a Red-Eye flight to Houston, have an un-avoided 5 hour layover in Houston while waiting for my short morning flight to the island of Roatan. And easy it was. But I had totally forgotten that I was going through that other country that happens to be part of the United States….Texas. For all of you who have been here, you will absolutely get my view on how different Texas feels. For those who are from here, then you have to understand how different and eccentric your great state of Texas can feel to a simple Californian passing through.


The trip started off very successfully, which is always a great indication that the rest of my journey will have the same success. I got on my first flight which was my the fullest  try out of San Diego, and ran into an old friend from Chicago who was also on my flight….Hi Wendy! It was such a great surprise to see you.


My next flight was the night flight from Lax –Houston…and it was looking good for me to get a seat on this flight as well, and I did! 27 A… not the most rocking seat on the plane, but a window seat is a great one on a red-eye since you can lean up against the wall and try to get a little bit of shut-eye to keep you going through your day ahead. But little did I know about my seat mates that I would be spending the next couple of hours with as well. I could tell by the crowd at the gate, then I wasn't in California any more…..The crowd was big, in all ways that big could be. Big people, Big hair, Big voices, Big sparkly clothing…ahhh, it’s going to be an interesting flight.


I in my long traveling dress, with my back pack slung across my shoulder, I must have been a site for them as well. What’s up with this chick, why would she want to go camping with a dress like that on? It’s easy to have  perceive pre-judgmental notions when first seeing someone, it works both ways. I work my way down the aisle to row 27, and the first thing I hear from the two good old boys in my row " Yeeeeee-Haaaaa! You sitting by us? “ ahhhh, yes I seem to have the pleasure. Then the extra boisterous one on the isle stated" Watch out for my buddy here, he just had large chili dog. Hope you don’t plan on getting much sleep tonight!” which was proceeded by a punch in the arm to the loud mouth of the two, and a “shut the f*&@ up by the other”


Okay so I did tell you that I basically fly for free with my amazing benefits from my airline job?  So it’s in moments like these that I reflect on such positive thoughts when I am faced by spending the next few hours next to a couple of loud mouth, farting, good old boys. I smile politely and I make my way to my window seat and quickly grab my earplugs and put myself in my happy place. The flight passed by fairly quickly, it was only three hours. But even with my earplugs in, there was some stories that one of the boys was sharing in a very descriptive way about this chick to his buddy that was wayyyyy more information that I needed to hear. I mentioned the flight was free?


Houston is a big airport, and is one of our new Hubs now with our recent merge with Continental. I met up with my buddy Carla, and we were off to Rotan together, a mere 2 and 1/2 flight from there. It’s amazing how close paradise can be. Like I said, I knew very little about this country, and the island we would be visiting. I knew it was small, and somewhat unbuilt up, which was my kind of style. I knew that I would love it right away when we landed on a small strip beside the beach surrounded by the most amazing turquoise water . This was the kind of airport that had stairs that were pushed up to the plane for your exit, and you walked across the tarmac to get to the terminal. Then to a short wait in a very friendly customs line, and a bag screening once again for everyone for drugs and guns (very typical in some third world countries) and we were in Roatan. So being the savvy traveler I am, I had heard that it costs $25-$35 US dollars for a cab from the airport to your hotel. But if you walked out of the airport and onto the main road you could bargain it for $5- $10 and avoid the over marked up airport cab fee.  So we are so doing that! So after exchanging some money, it was off to the road, declining the offers for “Taxi! Taxi” as we walked by with a purpose….ahhh, they knew what we were up to. The first cab to stop for us on the road quoted us $10,,, not bad,,,,lets try another…$8…then a very polite $7…we’ll take it!


So off we went in our local cab, no air-con, no seat-belts… now we are truly in another country. The scenery is breathtaking. It’s so green and lush everywhere! The houses are up on stilts and painted in vibrant colors. The road curved many times and took us through tiny immaculate but very local villages, not a MC Donald’s in site….Yes! the roads were a little rough in places, the season here is dry now, but I can imagine when the rains comes in takes a toll on the roads. Our place, Chilies bungalows, was a great find. Cute private bungalows down a path thru flowers and large foliage filled with butterflies and birds serenading you are quite the greeting when you first arrive. Our bungalow is perfect. Two beds a bathroom, fan, and a deck with a hammock…$30.


The bonus is that we are across from the beach and a cute reggae bar that is all open air and overlooks the water and it seems to be the local hot spot. I already know I want to come back here, and I haven’t even left yet.
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Comments

Sarah on

I am so glad you are having such a great time! Enjoy it! xoxo

maureen mason on

Love, as always, the plane stories!!!! So happy you are expanding your horizons to include Central America. You know that I am more latina than gringa and that mylove affair with Latin America began 37 years ago. So here's to more great trips south of the border!

Peggy Marciniak on

Sounds like another place I must add to my bucket list, Eliz.
P.S. Is Carla a fellow flight attendant?

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