For the next week, we are in Cancun!
We were up before 6:00am yesterday morning in order to get to New York's JFK airport in time for our 10:00am flight.
Our timing was actually perfect. We left the apartment shortly after 7:00am and hopped on a subway train. Had to change lines only once, and then it was a 25 minute train ride to the airport. Then, took JFK's "airtrain" to the terminal. Total cost, $15 for the two of us. Not bad.
We were pretty quick checking our bags and getting through security, and then a half hour or so before they started boarding.
Heading to Cancun!
It was our first time flying with JetBlue. We had booked and paid for the tickets last August, because we had found a great deal. Paid a total of $170 each for the one way flight. Not bad.
We departed on time, and we were soon headed south! We thought of a few of you along the way. Our flight path took us directly over the space between Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina. We waved at our friends Pete and Pam as we flew over them, but I don't think they saw us!
Then, it was over the top of Florida. Again we waved, this time at Doug and Nancy, but I don't think they saw us either!
Next, we were over the Gulf of Mexico. The plane did a bit of a strange turn at that point, and we can only assume that it was to avoid flying too close Cuban air space. No idea, that's just a guess. Did seem odd though.
Yesterday's approximate flight path from New York to Cancun.
Zero problems getting through Mexican Customs and Immigration. Smiling faces and fast efficient service. For customs inspection, they have a random system. Push a button and if the light flashes green, you pass through. If it's red, you get pulled over and have your bags inspected. We got a green light!
We haven't been through Cancun airport since 2003 when we came to Playa del Carmen on a one week all inclusive getaway. The airport is VERY busy now! And of course, it's spring break and the planes are coming and going every couple of minutes.
Next, we had to find a telephone. We're staying the first few days with our friend Carmen who we couchsurfed with back at the end of 2008. We've stayed in touch over the years since then and we were looking forward to seeing her again.
We found a guy with a local cell phone and asked if we could use it to make a call. It turned out that Carmen was driving close to the airport anyhow and ten minutes later was there to pick us up! She works on the hotel zone close to the airport and said we could come to work with her and relax on the beach.
The view from Carmen's office!
We went and lay on the beach for an hour and I stuck my toes in the water. Now that's my kind of water temperature! Could actually picture myself going in for a swim later this week.
Then, we walked across the main road and found a little fish taco place and sat in the shade and had some lunch. Six fish tacos, a beer, and a bottle of water. 137 pesos ($11.75). A little pricey for Mexico, but then we are in a major tourist area!
When Carmen was finished work at 5:00pm, she took us to her place and we relaxed while she went to her yoga class. Then, she came back and picked us up and we met her daughter Ayesha for dinner at a nice restaurant where they have 30% off on Tuesdays. That's our kind of place!
Back home, and hit the sack. We were beat. We've been so busy the last week or two that we really need some time to just relax and do nothing for a couple of days. Cancun seems to be a pretty good place to do exactly that.
We're giving ourselves a little treat in a few days. Totally out of the norm for us, but there's a reason we'll tell you about later. Check this out...