Friday, April 3, 2009
Got back late Tuesday night from our trip to Trondheim, Norway. We connected through Mexico City and Amsterdam.
We were gone 8 days - 3 being travel days due to time changes and distance. We probably could have shaved several hours off our travel time but it would have meant connecting through the US, and unfortunately, for a Mexican citizen to simply connect through a US airport to an international destination, they need a visa granting permission. The visa is obtained in Merida - a 4+ hour trip, involving hotels and prepaid application costs and no guarantee of approval. There is a possibility of having to make more than one visit, and you should not buy your ticket until you get the visa. Too much hassle, in my opinion, so we took the easy way and stayed out of the US. I have to say it was a refreshing travel experience, and over the next few days, once I've caught up with stuff on the homefront, I'll be posting random bits about our trip.
Needless to say, I learned a few things I never really understood before, including what a real 'red light district' is (for some reason I just thought it was a saying, not really realizing it exists, red light bulb and all!).
So stay tuned for tales of windmills, tiny houses, snow, and airplane adventures.