bienvenidos a mexico!

February 5, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Hi from Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. This is an oil city on the Gulf of Mexico in the state of Campeche. It is known for its seafood. I have a short survey this quarter, just ten (well, now nine because of the snow in Boston) days long. IMG_3075I’m here in Ciudad del Carmen to train my newest colleague. After the training, I’ll head to Mexico City for the weekend and then to Bentonville, Arkansas. So far, the training is going well and we are having a good time.

It’s hard to believe it’s still the first day, though. We arrived this morning after four flights over a 24-hour period between some tough layovers. Fortunately, the hotel is better than expected. Ciudad del Carmen is not actually that far away from Boston. We were supposed to make the trip in two flights and a comfortable overnight in Houston, but Boston was hit with an enormous storm so we could not leave when we were supposed to.
IMG_3087Our first flights from Boston to Newark and from Newark to Houston were both delayed. In Houston, we got VERY lucky to get on the last flight to Mexico City with standby tickets as we missed our original flight to MEX, and the second one we got ourselves booked on was delayed (probably cancelled) due to a medical issue with the flight attendants (ugh!). IMG_3083You know, it was way crazier than it seems as I write it now. We got to Mexico City just before midnight, but flight to Ciudad del Carmen did not depart until 630 AM. We figured we would be able to chill out and sleep in the priority lounge, but we were not even let through security. We made our way up to a nearby hotel and tried to lie down on the couches there, but were kicked out. IMG_3093The rooms were, in my opinion, unjustifiably expensive for a few-hour stay so we did not rent one. In retrospect, we should have.

We needed somewhere to camp out and went to the 24-hour Wings restaurant and got some beverages and then rested in the booth benches. This was a safer bet than the open airport lobby. It was so cold so it was hard to sleep. I should have packed warmer clothes for this trip! At about four AM, we went through security and slept for another hour on slightly more comfortable couch/benches in a coffee shop near the gate. It was much warmer inside the gates. We woke up surrounded by people who gave us funny looks.

The fourth flight was easy, and we arrived in Ciudad del Carmen around eight AM.  We took the first half of the day to sleep and regroup, ate lunch at a seafood restaurant, and then started work. We were surprisingly productive and ended our work day around seven. We went for dinner and beers near the water. I apologize for any weird writing style on this post, I’m still very overtired. Aside from one woman at the United customer service desk in Newark, people have been very friendly.

I’m looking forward to work tomorrow. We have some frustrating yet rewarding tasks to take on. I didn’t want to work on these more stressful parts of surveying on this first day because we had had enough issues on our way over.

I hope you are having an excellent week.

Love, Annie


One Response to “bienvenidos a mexico!”

  1. Ronna Says:

    glad that miserable travel experience is behind you…nothing like a few good snow storms to screw up your travel!

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