martes, 10 de enero de 2012

VIII Day 4 and return to La Havana/Flight to Cancun

I Introduction

So as soon as we woke up, we went directly and had our final buffet breakfast!!. After we called for bell-boys to help us with our luggage and in less than 10 minutes they came in a golf-cart and took us to the lobby.
Check out was a breeze and then we waited for our driver. He was supposed to be at 9:00 but we didn't saw anyone until at 9:15 a young man approached to us and asked if we were the family going to Havana Airport.
This time it wasn't a Hyundai, it was a smaller one a Geely. This time the average speed was 100 km/hr but all of a sudden the AC stopped working. So there we were in a hot 25 C "humid" day with no AC.
We arrived at Havana about in just 1 hour and 25 minutes, and we still had 2 hours and 20 minutes for our obviously late flight so we decided to go to the Cafe Escorial to see if we could buy and take some of the delicious chocolates they offer.
But when we arrived there disappeared, no more chocolates :(.
So back to the car, the driver told us that the airport was about 15 minutes away but no, our flight was leaving in 2 hours and 10 minutes and there was a lot of traffic to the airport.
I know that it was probably not responsible for us to take a small detour but the good thing is that we mad it to the airport.

At the Cubana check-in counter we had a quite funny conversation with the old person doing the check in ago

Me: "Escuse me, can I take this Run bottle on-board"
Cubana agent: "I think so"
Me: "But are you sure"
Cubana agent: "Well, they even sell those near the gates, so I think you can bring them"

At this moment we were just lost

Me: "Well but that doesn't matter, if they sell rum after security or not"
Cubana "If they sell liquids after Security then why people can't bring them into the plane"
Me :"Because you can cause an explosion"
Ups, I probably said the word I shouldn't say at an airport but I did
Cubana agent "What? what kind of person would bring an explosive and kill himself"
Me: "Well.. many people but it's fine I'll not take it on-board. The thing is that in the U.S. and in Mexico they don't aloud this"
Cubana agent: "Why? I don't understand, do Mexicans do that only because they are near the U.S.?
Me: "Europeans airports also do it...."

So we just decided to put the Rum in my checked bag.
At Cuba, you have to pass through exit "customs" in which you have to pay 25 CUC per person. Then we had 1 full hour, well actually 2 hours because... surprise! our flight was delayed.
Near our gate there was only one "Duty Free" store, and 2 "cafeterias".
There is also a very small "VIP" lounge.

We finally took off and had a really bad flight and it was only 1 hour long.
First the crew was extremely rude and second... well it was just a bad flight but we got to Cancun pretty fast.

This was my first time arriving at Mexico from an international flight, at a different airport than Mexico City. I arrived at the international terminal which 99% it was full of Brits, Americans, Canadians, Cubans, Latin Americans, etc..
But there were very few Mexicans, so immigration just took 10 seconds. But guess what? I was coming from Cuba, and all bags coming from Cuba are opened and searched by the Mexican Navy. So we had to wait more than 1 hour.

1 hour delay
1 hour flight
1 hour of waiting for bags
What a trip!

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