Landing in Mexico City - for the first time!!
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First impressions of landing in Mexico City - I had NO IDEA how many mountains surrounded this area! WOW! An amazing site, to be sure - and I was just pumped to get a view of this huge city that I had heard so very much about.
Once off the plane, I said goodbye to my group of new friends and headed off into the main area to find out about my flight and burn a little time. This is when 2 things became very clear to me very quickly -
1. There is no such thing as a smoking ban in Mexico - it's just everywhere!
2. They take their baked goods very, very seriously. All over the airport there were piles of pies, cakes, you name it. Stacks and Stacks of them.
I tried to find my flight on the displays, but they don't show them until very close to time - I found myself hoping that the gate wouldn't be too far away. Finally it showed, but like so many others, where it SHOULD have a gate, it just said "B" - and there was not a gate B to be had.
I headed over to the AeroMexico office, and asked, and they were able to look up my gate, which was at the very end of a long hall. When I got down there I was amazed by the noise and the amount of people; Mexico doesn't stop anyone from going to the gate, whether or not they are getting on the plane, so it's a huge crowd of people - hot sticky and loud. Also, it's just so old and run down - while most likely this won't mean anything to anyone but my mom, it reminded me a great deal of the old terminal one in Sky Harbor - but bigger and raised up.
A huge football team (soccer) got off the plane, and there was quite a bit of fanfare involved. That many dark haired, handsome men in one place.... hmmmm... I could have returned home happy right there and then.
Meanwhile, the noise and heat continued - women, including myself, fanned themselves with whatever they had available; boarding passes, magazines, or fancy fans they had brought with them. I had to make due with my boarding pass.
I wasn't in Kasas anymore; where was I going again? And why? Was I crazy? Hope not....
Time to load the plane - no real line involved, and the crowd was so crazy the employees at the airport really had no control over it - people just pilled onto the fight - I honestly believe anyone could have gotten on, ticket or not....