Well, it finally happened. Our busy travel schedule the past few weeks resulted in us arriving at the airport in Mexico City right on time for the ARRIVAL of our flight in Tuxtla-Gutiérrez! We inadvertently looked at the arrival time, thought it was the departure time, and got to the airport too late. How late you ask? Actually, we got there 30 minutes BEFORE the flight left. However, Interjet does not permit anyone on board who doesn't arrive 2 HOURS early. How often is this policy enforced? To us, NEVER (before today). But I guess there's a first time for everything, and today was our first missed flight. There were no other open flights to Tuxtla today, so we got another taxi and went home.
It actually turned out to be a very fun and productive day. It's not a holiday here today (Veteran's Day), so no one else was off from work, except us. That meant mucho trafico! Once we finally got home, we went out to breakfast, and then:
1.) I got an oil change and had the brakes checked in the car...in Spanish!
2.) Autumn cancelled the hotel and rental car....in Spanish!
3.) I called Interjet to ask for a refund and filed a report with the supervisor...in Spanish!
4.) We went out to lunch and did some Christmas shopping (and haggled...in Spanish!)
5.) We dropped off some new artwork at the framers...the lady spoke some English, and we knew her, so this wasn't a great linguistic feat, but it was good to check it off the to do list anyway.
6.) We went to the Interjet office to exchange our return tickets from Tuxtla for a new vacation to Huatulco...in Spanish!
7.) Finally, we did a little more shopping, grabbed dinner and came home exhausted from our busy day.
All things considered, I think that we probably bumped our official Spanish level up one point today and got caught up on everything that we've been putting off for the past month or so.
I guess the moral of the story is that you should not be tan estúpido as us when checking your flight schedule, or you'll end up spending your vacation here:
...instead of here: