Mehico.....let's be having ya!

Trip Start Dec 30, 2013
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Trip End Mar 25, 2014


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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Friday, January 3, 2014

Contd. Day 5, Friday 3 January

After 5 long hours in the air we touched down in Mehico!!

Walking down the steps of the plane Kathy proclaimed "girls we have had our bad luck now....onwards and upwards" to which Jen responded "we haven't got our bags yet!"........oh how correct she was!! Yes, her bag did not arrive from Newark....oh the joys!!

After filling in all the paperwork and living on a half-hearted promise that the bag would arrive on tomorrow's flight, we headed for the city. We had booked into Mexico City Hostel for two nights. Traffic was crazy heading into the city and it took about 90minutes to get to the hostel. Our jaws dropped at the sight of the 'chicken-coop houses' all over the city, the city stretched as far as we could see on the skyline. We later found out that just the city itself (not including the so called suburbs) has 20 million people! Our hostel was located just beside the main city square (Zocalo Square) so after dropping off our '2' bags we took a walk around the square. All the Christmas decorations were still up and there was ice-skating in the centre of the square. We ventured into a local café for some dinner. After much analysis of the menu with the Spanish phrase book in hand, we all ordered the 'safe' chicken taco option. The waiter then placed a huge plate of pastries on the table...temptation and confusion at it best! We quickly realised why Mexico is the diabetes capital of the world.

Given what was and mostly likely will be (fingers crossed) the most stress packed day of our trip we were all tucked up in our hostel beds by 9pm!

Day 6: Saturday, 4 January

We were up bright and early to head off on a tour and forget about yesterday!! The tour covered 4 main attractions; 1) a site in the city where the 3 cultures of Mexico mix; Aztec worship site, Spanish church and modern 1970's apartments. 2) Basillica of the Lady of Guadalupe. 3) Tequilla tasting! 4) Teotihuacan (historical Aztec pyramid site).

The tour group was really good and there was a nice mix of older and younger people on it. We had two tour guides, one was a young Mexican guy called Alan. He claimed that he loved the Irish because "you are like Mexicans; you are religious, you like to drink, and you like to fight"! (Don't think he has seen The Snatch). After the tour of the Basilica we went to a Tequila brewery for some tastings. We also had wine from the sugar syrup that comes from the cactus plant.
After we had a lovely buffet lunch and then spent a few hours walking around the pyramids. It was pretty impressive to see the buildings that's have remained since 200 years before Christ. They even had a flush toilet, much to the amusement of the Chinese in our group who channelled their inner Aztec with cameras at the ready (surprise, surprise)!!

For the afternoon our workout consisted of a total of 338 steps (lunges to us.....the Mayan people were a damn sight taller than us hovering around 5ft) to climb not only the Pyramid of the Moon but also the mountain that is, the Pyramid of the Sun. Once we reached the top (not thinking about the decent) the views were incredible.....well worth the climb!

After a quick take-away dinner that evening we got back to the hostel and Jen called United Airlines to check the status of the bag....."we are still trying to locate bag code UA......". It wasnt looking good, given that our flight to Cancun was at 11am the next day. We each bought rosary beads that day at the Basilica of the Lady of Guadalupe. There was a full decade of the rosary and a prayer to St Anthony that night before bed!

Sunday, 5 January

Jen called United Airlines again but the computer status had changed to "the bag was on its way to the airport"! What airport? We had no idea!! We were reluctant to move address until the bag arrived but the flights were booked and we figured it would be better waiting it out on a beach rather than the city! After breakfast Kathy decided to try calling the office of United Airlines at the airport to try and talk to 'a person'. After a few failed attempts a little Mexican dude comes up beside her in the reception and says "McDermott bag"! (We forgot to mention earlier that Jen & Kathy's bag tags had been mixed up at check-in so it was Kathy's details on the bag). He was like a little Mexican angel....the bag had arrived 40 minutes before the taxi for the airport! Michele is still talking about how she hasn't seen Kathy climb stairs so fast (with a big smiley head) to declare that the infamous bag had arrived!!

Now surely that was it.........every bit of bad luck had struck us in the first week! We settled into our two hour flight to Cancun with a drink in hand but only after Jen got the third degree, when the air hostess asked "vodka & cola? Are you sure? Most people take it with Rum?"!
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