My San Miguel Jouney

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lise accompanied me to the airport in Ottawa.
That is as far as she was willing to go, to go to Mexico with me.
Apparently she has more important things to do in Ottawa.
Like looking after her cat....

We spent a very pleasant hour or two in the Ottawa airport together talking about things.
It was a Tuesday afternoon and the airport seemed to be deserted,
just the two of us there, nobody else...

I think that Tuesday afternoon is a slow airport day - that is one of the reasons
that I chose to leave Ottawa for San Miguel on a Tuesday afternoon.......
But also, when most people check in and get their boarding pass, they immediately
go through security and wait in the area on the other side of security for their flight...

I did not do that - because if I had gone through security - Lise would not
have been able to get through security and she would not have been able
to wait for my flight with me..
And I would not have been able to spend my last hour or two in Ottawa with Lise..
We, Lise and me, got to the Ottawa airport a couple of hours before my flight departure time..
So we spent the time together, talking about things - I always say that she does most of the talking, at least that is what it seems like to me - but she always says that it is me that does most of the talking
- that is not my perception of our reality - and we cannot both be right....
And we spent time taking pictures of each other in the airport,
and having pictures taken of the two of us together, looking at each other lovingly,
with my camera..I am the camera and taking pictures guy of the two of us.....
We took a lot of pictures of each other and had a lot of pictures taken of us
 in the Ottawa airport - and a lot of the pictures were really great - we looked at them on the camera in the airport....

I miscalculated the time of going through security.
I went to go through security at the start of the boarding time for my flight.
I had forgotten that I always get special treatment by security,
the full security treatment - and it was a slow day so they had lots of time to give me the special security treatment - the full security treatment - which takes time - a lot of time. The regular security gate is in clear view of the unsecured area of the airport and Lise could have watched me go through the security gate from the unsecured area of the airport.
But people that get the special security treatment are directed to a special security treatment gate that is completely out of sight from the unsecured area of the airport, so Lise could not watch me go through the special security treatment gate - they do not want the general public to be able to see what they do to us in the special security treatment gate and area - the full body scan, the full body search, checked my boots 2 or 3 times - seemed to be fascinated with my boots..the simple minded idiots, imbeciles and cretins.. 

Lise waited patiently during this time for me to reappear. She might have thought that I had died or that the security people had found something and that I was in deep shit...Lise does have her doubts about me sometimes......Anyway, Lise waved frantically and very enthusiastically and very excitedly when I did eventually reappear.... We were quite a distance apart - a least 100 ft. - too far away to communicate verbally.
I was going to phone Lise on her ever ready cell phone from a pay phone from the secure area of the airport - the flight departure waiting area, to say a last few loving words to her. BUT the flight boarding was almost finished and I did not want the plane leaving without me - I was the last person to get onto the plane. The plane was packed to capacity with Mexicans...Most of them seemed to have two huge, humongous carry on pieces of baggage - you are allowed two pieces of carry on luggage.. They were so large - they had wheels and were pulled along the aisle - and they were so large - they just barely fit in the aisle between the seats - they must make these carry on flight bags especially so that they will fit in the airplane aisles, And I was worried about the size of my modestly sized carry on baggage - I have not flown for some time - maybe years - and it has been a long time since I have been on an international flight - maybe 2007.   

Being the last to get n a plane when it is full is not that great.... All of the carry on luggage space has already been taken up...

I paid for my airfare with Aeroplan Points - but the Areoplan Points does not pay for the taxes,
just for the airfare. The taxes and other miscellaneous charges were $120.00... That is for a one way flight to Mexico City. Fortunately, they do not charges taxes on the taxes - but some day the government may twig to that - and than it will be taxes on taxes - charging taxes on stamps has always struck me as being a little bit like the same thing..
The taxi fare from the Mexico City Airport to San Miguel was $146.00 and took about the same length of time as the air flight from Toronto to Mexico City - and it cost me more....I was the only passenger...

I have already told you about pushing the button
and getting the supposedly random red lite
for the special security treatment in the Mexico City Airport....   .. 

I lost my camera - or it was stolen (the plane was full of Mexicans after all) - with all of those great pictures of me and Lise and Us (The Trinity - Me, Lise and US) together in the Ottawa Airport...  
Which is very sad for me - as I was going to treasure those pictures of Lise, Me and Us (The Holy Trinity)  while I was in San Miguel for the next 6 months...I can replace the camera, but I cannot replace those great pictures that are or were on the camera memory chip....
However, I am going to post some pictures that I have in my computer picture archives of us on this travelogue, travelpod site....

Hasta la Vista Bebe
Mexico Dave
Viva La Mexico
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John Dimon on

A sad and bittersweet parting, I know how it feels to leave a loved one to travel your own path.

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