This is our week of doing nuffin before we hit the Mayan trail.
Ok, lets get some important things out of the way fellow travellers, Quito airport is a nightmare so allow AT LEAST 3 hours to clear, ..
. standing in a queue 2 lines back with a tannoy message telling all passengers for the Cancun flight to clear Immigartion now AND not being able to do a thing about it was not the best feeling. Mac and Mable arrived in the departure lounge as most of the people had boarded. The filght crew on the AA plane were all in a real bad mood, Mac thinks some of the male attendants had a bitch flight earlier and were mincing moodily up and down the isle. They also had little patience with the passanger, although Mac felt this was sometimes justified. As they were about to take off , the moodier of the team came on the tannoy.. " I HAVE asked for all electronic devices including cellular phones to be turned off, on most devices the little red button turns it off (huff) I will be around to check in a minute (pout and flounce)" The bloke opposite us decided it was time to turn it off..... knob! The awful food, terrible coffee and lack of polite manners added to the awfulness of the flight, thank God for the iPod. Once in America things failed to improved. The queues through Immigration and Customs were very very slow and Mac was made to feel like a terrorist trying to enter. THEN as they went through security to leave they were met with an Alf Garnet look a like with all the charisma of a pit bull who had just eaten a wasp. He was in charge of the security team by the x-ray and scanning machines. "Ok ok I have told you all a number of times to follow the correct procedures, follow the procedures and you will proceed quickly. I am fed up of having to tell you, no jackets, no metal objects no shoes blah blah blah" Who the feck was he talking to! So in our total time on US soil Mac and Mable did not hear one please or thank you. Mr Obamma, is this really the impression you want to give the rest of the world? On the plus side Mac did have a Nathans hot dog, apparantly they are "More than just the best hot dog" and are world famous. Mac had never heard of them so obviously they are not world famous BUT it did taste quite good, but then he had nealry died from eating the AA breakfast
. AND they get to do it ALL OVER again, wooop-de-dooo.
So finally at Cancun.. beware, there are Time-Share terrorists who pretend to be helpful Tourist Information people, they will suck your soul out and you will dissapear for days into a darkened room being brain washed, avoid them all costs, you have been warned. Cancucn is hot, the hotel was great, swimming pool etc and the most expensive laundry price list Mac has ever seen. Fortunately he spotted a local one while on walk-about much to the bank managers relief. Sitting by the pool in the sun was fine for two days then boredome set in. Mac and Mable braved the unknown and set out to find the bus stop for the R1, by the end of the week they both felt like locals, being able to offer helpful travel advice to others in the hotel. Bri managed to buy a new camera, to replace the one he decided to wash in the sea and was very happy. Carol took Mac on a 500 mile hike in the mid-day sun to try and find a book exchange, she only managed to walk past it twice. New book in hand she was a happy bunny. By the end of the week Mr Brian ( and Mrs Brian) were well known by name to the staff, especially the cock-tail making boys. So conclusion, great pace to get extreme sunburn and if you want to do nothing. Some fantastic restuarants, Lemoncelloīs for example, a well deserved treat, especially at the prices, not the mention the wine list AND a waiter Carol didnīt stop drooling over. We met our new group on the last evening there, 2 Germans called Caterine and Mateus, and an Austrian called Batina and our tour guide called Samantha, a small but close nit group we hope. Off for Myan culture, Mac was sooo excited, now where did he leave his Ladybird book on amateur archiology? Mac x x
I think this has to be our longest and most awful day of travel. Up at 03.45 to fly from Quito to Cancun, via Miami and arrived at the hotel at 19.00. We were close to missing the flight as it took 2 1/2 hours to clear immigration and to add insult to injury you have to queue to pay $42 to leave the country.....aghhhhhh. Air America should be awarded for their food, its worse than you can imagine, makes BA look good, what they did to an "omlet" was shocking, why would you put sweet and sour sauce over it??? anyway, despite all that, the hotel in Cancun is nice.