Off to a rough start
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I got no sleep last night. Well, maybe a few hours, but nothing I would call "refreshing." At 3:30 am Tara and I woke up and got ready for a day of flying. We got to RDU airport with travel mates Jen and Vin, to find that our flight to Miami, FL had been delayed 2 hours. This would not normally be a problem, but our connecting flight to Cancun was leaving only 45 minutes after our original arrival time. The line to the boarding pass counter was an hour long. Luckily, when we got to counter, the agent told us that our connecting flight was also delayed. That solved Problem One. Jen´s friends, brother and sister Justin and Sabrina, met us at the departure gate.
Problem Two began when we realized that there was no way for our bags to make it from our arrival flight to our connecting flight in the time between landing and departure. Sure enough, when we arrived in Cancun, our luggage was no where to be found. Hoping beyond hope that our bags had been put on the next flight out, we waited 2 hours in the baggage claim at the airport. Problem Two was solved as our bags came in on the next flight. Onwards and upwards...to Problem Three.
The Thrifty car rental agency met us at the gate after customs and drove us to their lot. Unfortunately, the 12 passenger van they had "reserved" for us was no longer available. Since we got in 3 hours late, they didn´t hold it for us.
Jen, Justin and Anna went to find a new van. Thrifty tried to push a 7 passenger minivan and a car on us, but there was no way to fit 8 people plus luggage in a minivan, and taking two vehicles would have wiped out our gas money twice as fast. 2 hours later, we finally had a new van from a rental agency on the main strip into Cancun.
After an uneventful four hour drive on the toll road to Merida, we arrived in the city. Dr. Laura Vick was waiting for us at a friend´s house. She took us to a hotel where she knew the staff, Luz en Yucatan. Justin, Sabrina, Tara and I shared the "Havana" room. It was great, a very roomy suite, but a frustrating travel day left us to exhausted to properly enjoy it.
The plan is to meet Anna and Dr. Vick tomorrow for breakfast at 9 at the cafe across the street from the hotel.
My hope is that everything going wrong the first day means we got all the bad juju out of the way early. The rest of the trip should go amazingly well.