Headed Home.

At least for a month.

Left San Miguel de Allende about 9 this morning and got to the Mexico City airport about 2. The ride wouldn’t have taken quite so long but we were the first folks (out of six) picked up and the last to be dropped off.

And oh yea, the runaway bull in the middle of the highway didn’t help. The driver had to slam on his brakes and apparently damaged them as a little while later there was an insistent beep from the van. After a quick roadside stop, the driver was on the phone to his office. Luckily we were on the outskirts of Queretaro (larger city 45 min from SMA and where the closer airport is) so within 15 min of the stop we were moved into a new van and on our way!

Our original plan had been to take this shuttle to the bus station in Queretaro and take one of the luxury busses to the airport. But yesterday when they called to confirm our pickup, they offered us a ride all the way to the airport for the same price as long as we were willing to leave at 9 rather than 10. I guess they already had this van going and it saved them a separate vehicle and driver for the 45 min that we had booked.

So being the bargain hunters we are, we said sure. Called and canceled the bus ride and hopefully will see a credit on our account tomorrow for that $44. So our trip to SMA in the private car cot $230 and the shuttle back which would have been $75 only ended up costing us $34!

We are now at the Hilton literally in the airport terminal with a view over the gates and of the runway. Hopefully the landings and takeoffs won’t disturb us too much…I’m enjoying plane watching!

We broke down at lunch and had a hamburger…the first in several months. We were gonna wait but when we saw the Chili’s sign beside the elevators up to the Hilton we were done for. The burger was tasty but not quite the same as in the USA but the refillable Coke Zero made up for it!

We leave tomorrow at noon and should be in Raleigh about midnight.

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