Mehico.....let's be having ya!
Trip Start Dec 30, 2013
21Trip End Mar 25, 2014
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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
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 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!
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?"!