Ryan's blog post from Mexico - what a day!http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-e ... /tpod.html
Well, it's safe to say this trip is going to be interesting, considering how my very first day went.
After hugging my mom tightly while she cried in my arms, I boarded my flight from Montreal to Mexico City. Luckily, I had my own screen with games and a movie selection of my choice! It was awesome. Of course, the food was delicious as well. All went well until the last two hours of the flight. At that point, a baby decided to throw up all over his mother. Lets just say I rather smell sh*t than whatever the hell that kid had eaten (I'm thinking fish soaked in garlic with a side of onion soup...horrid). To add to it, an elderly gentleman accidentally took my bag, and I was looking for it on the plane for ten minutes (talk about mini heart attack). Thankfully I retrieved it, and made my way through Mexican Customs. At Mexico City International Airport, I was surprised to see the time for my flight had not been changed from 4:55pm to 5:55pm like the email I received this morning had said.
So I made my way to the designated gate, to find the flight was suddenly gone from all screens. I reassured myself it would appear again and would fly out at 5:55pm. Sure enough, after eating, and only 30 minutes before the flight, a gate was assigned. Thank God!
On the plane, I chatted with a friendly lady about everything from her kids to my trip, and we took turns practicing each others languages. She was very helpful in clearing up a few questions of mine
But it doesn't end there. I was aware the weather in Oaxaca was going to be less than ideal today, but it was much worse than I expected. My friend Chris, who was supposed to pick me up, couldn't thanks to the FLOODED streets! So I had to take a taxi van with seven others. You could see the absolute chaos (yet organized) on the way to the hostel. Police and civilians coordinated with one another to avoid huge flooded areas and avoided collisions with each other as well. Before my stop, we dropped off one guy, and while the door was open, you could see everyone starring at me. At least 20 Mexicans just starring at me (El gringo rojo). It was sort of unsettling and odd, yet I had no problem with it. It sure made me realize was it was like to completely stand out.
My stop was up, and the taxi driver told me where to find the hostel. And of course, I couldn't find it. So I had to bother some guy fixing his front door (yes he was doing this in the rain) for directions.
I spent ten minutes at the front desk of the three person family run hostel to clarify the price. I took a cold shower, not by choice, and I suppose the serotonin running through my body from the cold slapped me in the face and made me realize I was paying too much money. I quickly calculated the costs, practiced some keywords, and went back to haggle. Sure enough, my persistence and skill managed to lower the price by $1,000 pesos.
I then chatted with the ladies at the front desk for a bit before retiring to my cozy room.
Now here I am, resting, and beginning to realize I'm ready for bed. If this first day says anything about this trip, it's that it's going to be full of surprises, pleasant and unpleasant; I welcome both. http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-e ... /tpod.html
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