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Ah, a real biscuit! Now off to find some real tomatoes!

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At the gate!

Though I wasn’t so sure we were gonna make it!

Immigration was a zoo, but mobile passport meant I was #5 in line (as opposed to #300 in the standard line);Mike was # 15 in the Global Entry line so we got to the baggage belt before our bags.

Walked through customs (not sure why we even have it, there was no one there even looking for folks with too much liquor.

Then around and back up to security. There were signs for “TSA Precheck” and “All Travelers” but only one entrance into the cattle chute. “Sorry Sir, everybody goes in one line”. So why two signs I wonder? Anyway we join the cattle….and then

Warning Rant ahead!

some entitled family of 5 broke into the security line not once but twice…first time the security dog had to start over sniffing 50 folks and the second time was just as I got to the end of the stainless steel table and the front of the conveyor belt. Suddenly all 5 (three toddlers and two young parents) cut in front and started stuffing all their crap directly on the belt.

Obviously they hadn’t been through security before….

“Do I need to put both strollers on the belt?” “This water bottle?”

“Only after you empty all the water, Sir”

“Is there anything in your pockets Sir?”

“No, they are empty….Oh wait, I need to take my phone out too?”

That’s when Mr Clayton lost it and said to the TSA loud enough for them to hear:

“I can’t believe these people have done this twice and holding up the fifty folks behind them.”

“Oh we have a tight connection”

When I said, ” and you think the rest of us don’t?” He growled and said I can’t believe how impolite some people are! ”

WHAT??!?

Thankfully the nice couple behind me who were also PO’d smiled and said Karma will eventually get them!

We made it to the gate 20 min before boarding and our now on our big plane To Miami.

Hopefully we will be on time and land at the gate they are showing as we only have 45 min there!

Breakfast of Champions

Courtesy of American Airlines Admirals Lounge.

Quick checkin at the counter, even quicker pass through security, long walk through duty free and now only an hour and a half til boarding. Mike is having a made from scratch bloody and I a mimosa with our last Mexican breakfast.

We have discovered we like chiquiles which are basically breakfast nachos. A layer of chips with eggs and a sauce. These don’t have chorizo but are still tasty.

Next stop DFW!

Headed Home.

At least for a month.

Left San Miguel de Allende about 9 this morning and got to the Mexico City airport about 2. The ride wouldn’t have taken quite so long but we were the first folks (out of six) picked up and the last to be dropped off.

And oh yea, the runaway bull in the middle of the highway didn’t help. The driver had to slam on his brakes and apparently damaged them as a little while later there was an insistent beep from the van. After a quick roadside stop, the driver was on the phone to his office. Luckily we were on the outskirts of Queretaro (larger city 45 min from SMA and where the closer airport is) so within 15 min of the stop we were moved into a new van and on our way!

Our original plan had been to take this shuttle to the bus station in Queretaro and take one of the luxury busses to the airport. But yesterday when they called to confirm our pickup, they offered us a ride all the way to the airport for the same price as long as we were willing to leave at 9 rather than 10. I guess they already had this van going and it saved them a separate vehicle and driver for the 45 min that we had booked.

So being the bargain hunters we are, we said sure. Called and canceled the bus ride and hopefully will see a credit on our account tomorrow for that $44. So our trip to SMA in the private car cot $230 and the shuttle back which would have been $75 only ended up costing us $34!

We are now at the Hilton literally in the airport terminal with a view over the gates and of the runway. Hopefully the landings and takeoffs won’t disturb us too much…I’m enjoying plane watching!

We broke down at lunch and had a hamburger…the first in several months. We were gonna wait but when we saw the Chili’s sign beside the elevators up to the Hilton we were done for. The burger was tasty but not quite the same as in the USA but the refillable Coke Zero made up for it!

We leave tomorrow at noon and should be in Raleigh about midnight.

Always too late.

It always seems we find our favorite restaurant just before we leave. Two months before we left Houston the place we had been searching for finally opened around the corner. And now today we had lunch at the same place we had breakfast earlier in the week.

El Rinconcito is on the street into town about a 10 minute walk from our rental condo. When we had breakfast there the Owner told us about their lunch and told us we had to come back. We are sure glad we did.

The ladies there prepare 10 or more traditional dishes and for 55 pesos you choose two of them for your plate that comes with beans and rice. Today the choices included mushrooms two ways, chicken mole, chorizo and potatoes, mixed vegetables, spaghetti, chile releno and a couple of others.

As you can see in the picture at the top I had mole (surprise surprise) and mushrooms in a creamy sauce with chili’s and corn. Mike chose meatballs and the chorizo. We added aqua Fresca (mine was lemon and Mike’s was Jamaica which is really hibiscus but tastes like cranberry – 20 pesos each). So everything you see cost a grand total of $9.15. Again not Cuenca prices but we had more food and it was more flavorful.

We may go back tomorrow for our last San Miguel meal! And if not, it will definitely be our first meal when we return.