We flew here yesterday from Mexico City. We used VivaAerobus, a Mexican discount carrier. It's one of those airlines that offers a very cheap base fare, and then adds on for anything extra.
So we had a 10 kg (22 lb) weight limit each of our carry on. You're allowed one bag, and one personal item and together they can't total more than the maximum. And the rules stated that if you are over that limit at the gate, you will pay...a lot! When we got to the airport, we weighed things.
I knew we would be over...I was at 11 kgs, and Ruth was at 14 kgs. So we had some work to do!
First thing to go was our old workhorse (and boat anchor!) of a laptop. We've had that 17" laptop since 2007 and it's been everywhere with us. Sad to see it go. I sat in the airport with a screwdriver and removed the hard drive hoping we can salvage some things from it.
With that done, we put on sweaters and our Tilley jackets that have a ton of pockets and started filling them up! It was a little warm, but we made it under the weight limit and we were good to go!
Some of the more interesting cloud formations that we've ever seen during a flight. It was only 55 minutes from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido. We got off the plane to the muggy 30C (86F) weather and put our extra clothing back in the bags!
Alfredo had said that he would meet us at the airport, but we didn't expect the whole crew! Alfredo, his wife Mary, both children Nataly and Gael, niece Dana, and Alfredo's father Hermalindo were all there! So we all (7 of us!) piled into their little car for the short journey back to La Barra. Alfredo had to go back to work, and then we went to his parents place for roast chicken dinner.
Ruth, reading to Nataly, now six years old.
Mary and Gael.
Mary's mother's pet, named Solidad.
Lots of dogs around. The little one, they named "Whiskey" after our Whiskey! The bigger one is Simba. He's been around for a while. He's a nice dog, but unfortunately he doesn't get enough to eat.
Nataly and Solidad.
Lots of rain when we woke up this morning! It was pouring buckets. We've never seen rain here at La Barra because we've never been here this early in the winter. The rainy season is just about ending though, so hopefully we'll see some sun soon.