The trip down.
On January 28 we had the apartment move out-inspection and we headed to Laurie’s house to spend the night. Had a good time there, and the following morning we purchased a third large suitcase and Kathy repacked two smaller ones into the big one. We know have 3 large suitcases each containing between 65 and 70 pounds of stuff, one carry-on bag (iLugger) with our 21.5” iMac, two backpacks weighing in at close to 20 pounds each and one cat carrier.
We spent the night before the flight with our good friends Dan and Melody. Dan took us to the airport on Jan. 30, getting us there about 2 1/2 hours before flight time. We had never flown with our cat before, much less internationally with him, so we wanted to make sure we had enough time. We had all kinds of paperwork from our vet, including a form with 5 carbonless carbon copies :). The airline took a couple of them. We headed to the United Club after checking in and spent some time there. Nice environment for an airport. About an hour before the flight we went to the gate area. Kathy and I get to board with the first group of passengers due to her legal blindness. Since we flew down first class that did not make a lot of difference. What did make a difference was the Bloody Mary while we were still at the gate. The shrimp salad and white wine was nice too. Oh, with the first class tickets we got a higher weight allowance per bag (70 pounds) and two checked bags each – so there was no extra charge for our checked luggage.
Flight took off on time and 4 hours later we were in Houston at the gate for the flight to Mérida, an easy two hour hop. In Merida we were diverted to the SEGARPA office – among other things they process live animals being brought into the country. That took about 15 minutes and our vet’s work with the forms was right on target. Then it was on to customs. They noticed the big computer bag and asked what was in there. The customs agent then asked me how much the computer was worth. I said $1,200 US. I ended up paying a $35 duty on it.
Our friend Tom Kuhn was there to pick us up and take us to the home he shares with his wife, Debi Kuhn and their 4 dogs – they are fostering one of the dogs. Flea was happy to get out of the carrier and use the litter box that Debi had provided. They had also picked up a couple of cans of cat food – something Flea Cat Smith really appreciated. Tom and Debi are wonderful, hospitable folks, which will come as no surprise to those of you who know them.
The next morning our rental agent meet us there and took us to the house we had rented. Tom followed with all our gear. The house – Wow, but that is for the next post.
It is good have arrived.
In short, we have been here a week, are getting set up and are doing all right so far.