Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rving In Mexico This Winter? Consider A Side Trip Via Air

The trips we have made this year for both work and pleasure have proven how inexpensive it is to fly in Mexico.  As I have said before, we have three major discount airlines; Interjet, Volaris, and Vivaaerobus with another lesser-known option TAR a regional carrier.

This morning as I was reading Facebook,  and I came across a post from a major travel bus website similar to those used for airlines such as Kayak, Trivago, and Expedia, to name a few.  They had an offer, Monterrey - Puebla, one way for 1606.50 pesos.   The trip is 14 hours non-stop.  My jaw dropped thinking "that's a long trip and a bit expensive".

Then I went to Vivaaerobus and checked for a one way for next week and the price with taxes comes to764.86 pesos.  Less than half the bus fare and only 1 hour and 35 minutes of flight time.  The airfare is calculated on only having one carryon under 10 kilos (purse or laptop included).  That's cheap.  All of the jets are Airbus A320s and less than four years old.  

Take a look:

If you're rving in Mexico for several months, why not consider a side trip for the holidays or a four-day weekend somewhere different?   Leave your rv at the rv park, paid parking at most airports in Mexico is less than 150 pesos a day or roughly $8 U.S.   You might even consider taking an Uber to the airport to make it even more trouble-free.   Once you arrive at your destination, stay in a City Express hotel.  They are a discount hotel chain that offer Junior, Plus and Suites with two or more of the brands located in the same property but with different levels of service.  We stayed at the CE Junior in Tijuana just five minutes from the airport for $40 U.S. and we took it just because we had a layover there.  Go one step better and book an AirBnb for true comfort and price.

So much to see and do in Mexico and sometimes we get accustomed to deadhead one destination for the complete winter season.

This is just a thought as we like to get out and about when we are on the road.  We never stay in one place that long anyway.  If you want more information, feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment.  

This is not a paid announcement 😀

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

El Grito 2019 - Upcoming Travel

We decided to go to the Independence celebration here in Santiago.  We left the house around 10 p.m.   Traffic and parking was a mess but we got lucky and parked just two blocks away.  Now that more people are moving to new neighborhoods south of Monterrey our area is expanding.  We now have a new four-theater cinema and an HEB is opening just up the road.  

The plaza was packed and we were hoping to have our Mexican antojitos there for dinner.  No food booths but lots of bleachers.  It was a massive crowd of people and many were dressed in traditional clothing, Jaliense sombreros (those big mariachi hats) and Mexican flag stripes on their faces.  

Our mayor is not in the same political party as the new president so the event wasn't geared towards his election victory or any of his so-called achievements that he claims he completed this year.  Overall, it was interesting, fun to be out at night and on the way home we picked up a gringa taco to share, kind of like a large quesadilla with some grilled beef and pork on it. 

I just couldn't seem to work up a smile!

Our city government did a great job of putting on a wonderful event for everyone.

We took the SUV in for a checkup, I may have mentioned it, and it passed with flying colors.  I still have my doubts after our breakdown last year.  I found the fan switch I was looking for, we haven't used our bathroom fan in the rv for a few years.  We've done some painting and minor repairs around the house this last week and it looks like the pool, driveway, and kitchen need some remodeling and updating.  We both agree now it is time to sell the place and move to a different part of the country.  We have looked at some condos and small houses in Monterrey so that we can be close to family and friends when we want.  It looks like the northern part of the city would work well in some respects as we would be close to perifericos and ease of getting the trailer in and out of town.  So, all these things keep me busy but I'd prefer to be busy climbing a few hills and crossing a few state lines.  

Speaking of, it looks like we won't be taking off on a trip until the end of October and I still have my sights set on New Mexico and Arizona for two months.  We would like to come back in time to spend a few days in Puebla for the New Year.  Gas prices in Texas are ridiculously low.  I checked today and in McAllen fuel is $2.05 a gallon and pretty low across Texas and New Mexico.  Let's hope it stays that way.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A 40 Year Celebration of Classmates - More Rain :(

Saturday, a group called Los Nada (The Nothings) came together to celebrate 40 years of friendship and school memories.  I tried to put on the dog and make a good impression since I really only know one of the persons in the group.  Juan's classmates from 1979 got together here at the house.  They have that group name because they never wanted to participate in union-organized marches. Instead, they all stayed in the classroom to study.

We grilled some steaks, made a great salad and shared a couple bottles of wine over stories from their youth.  I learned a lot and also, previous stories told to me rang true and familiar.  They all rediscovered themselves via Whatsapp and Facebook and chat frequently.  Like almost all of our friends from school or from the dance group, they have all done well in life from education, work to family.  It says a lot about people who work together and have discipline in life.  Most if not all came from humble beginnings only to turn out well and now their kids and grandkids have followed suit. Believe it or not, they range in age from 62 to over 80.

So good to see all of them with a great life, a wonderful Mexican pension, traveling and enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Congratulations Los Nada!  Now you are something!

On another note, the rains are on again and aren't going to let up in the next 10 days.  We had a pretty good downpour today after having the pool cleaned.  It turned green, again!  That's life here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Swimming Pool Disappeared - Hurricane Fernand

The rains haven't let up for more than 48 hours.  It looks like the worst is yet to come. 1 a.m. the biggest part of the storm is coming.  We have been advised to charge all devices, prepare with water and candles.   It doesn't look good.

Wish us luck!