Family member exchange

LOCATION: Housesitting in Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico

WEATHER: Sunny. High 93

We got an early start to the day, as we needed to get George to the Guadalajara Airport. Our choices were taxi ($45 USD) or bus ($2). Guess which we picked?

The Guadalajara airport is about 8 miles outside of town, on this side, so it didn’t make sense to go all the way into downtown Guadalajara. That meant that the Autobus Directo (direct, fast bus) was not an option. So, we climbed aboard the local one. It stops about every 100 yards, so it was really the Slow Boat to China, all the way to Guadalajara.

The firt stop was the gas station, so the bus driver could hop out and buy a lottery ticket!

Perhaps it is because tomorrow is a holiday (Labor Day), but for whatever reason, people kept piling on the bus, and piling on. Soon people were standing sardine-like and more kept coming aboard. It was so crowded that people boarded in the back. Soon we would see a 50 peso bill going from hand-to-hand to the driver from the back with the message – 2 for Chapala, or whatever. Then, a few minutes later, we would see some coins going from front to back, from the driver to the passenger in the rear, with his change!

At one point, it seemed like we were going the wrong way, but the driver hadn’t told us to change buses, and now it was impossible to make our way to the front to ask him. So, we just kept riding. Finally, we were on the highway to Guadalajara.

After almost 3 hours (35 miles), we disembarked at the airport highway junction. We watched others climb the pedestrian overpass, so we just followed. We could see the terminal, and just started walking. Thank goodness there was a nice sidewalk. That certainly would not have been the case in any American airport entrance! We only had to walk about a half mile. It wasn’t too hot yet, so we were ok.

The airplane connections worked out beautifully. Alexis landed at noon on a United Airlines flight from Houston. George boarded that same airplane toward Houston at 1:00.

She was hot and tired, so we splurged and took a taxi home. Meanwhile, George made it home safely, although he says he has tales to tell me later today about his flight.

Alexis and I just hung around the house in the PM, and she napped. Too hot to do much else.

DINNER: Shrimp, sauteed with onions and garlic, served in a lime, white wine sauce with garbanzo beans and peas, over pasta.

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