The transition begins the moment you board for your fly-away. Your senses heighten even though you know this is more than a joyride, peaked awareness, senses let your inhibitions fall away from your normal life even as the jet bird lifts away from the earth and your cares fall away as you jettison through the clouds. Adventure Veracruz & Puebla, here I come!!
It was a mid morning departure from BQK to ATL to MEX to VER Sept. 1, 2012 for AMTEX VeraCruz as a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. I want to express my appreciation to Shannon & Antonio of ATTA & the rest of the ATTA Staff. ATTA has adequately, dynamically and innovatively captured the need for an anchor in the Adventure market, promoting sustainable tourism and given adventurers the world over a home, a tribe, a place to belong, out there on the edge of new adventures. Thanks ATTA.
Easy out of BWK & landing in ATL, I was eager to see the grand new International Departure Terminal….. clear customs & go shopping. My fav airport shop, Mont Blanc. My flight to Mexico was via AeroMexico, which I like very much. The flight attendants wore smart uniforms w/red caps and were professional. The seats in first and economy were all leather.
My last visit to Mexico was to Rancho La Puerta via ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) in 2010. Girls, ask me about Rancho La Puerta!!! especially if you like, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, dance, Barre Method, spas, mountain hikes, fresh air, university class lectures, writing classes, meditation instruction, organic gardening, gastronomy….. ok, you get the picture, but check back soon for trip info on new Mexican Destinations which is why I’m attending ATMEX. Know before you go!
About an hour and 45 minutes into the 3 hour flight, the flight attendants abandoned First Class to attend to the economizers’ cabin. Alcohol included, beer, wine, simple mixed drinks but I forgo all for a COKE…. something about a GA Girl leaving Atlanta!!!! Lunch fare was a bag of Lays potato chips & a croissant turkey and provolone. When you are traveling, it is best to take advantage of nutrition where possible.
Arrived in Mexico City, passengers cleared Customs and I headed for my flight segment to Veracruz. Mexico City is amazing to see in the day time, but even more amazing at night when from 2K feet and climbing, earth looks like a magic carpet of lights. The cabin lights were off for the first 20 minutes of the flight which made the night sky even more mythical…… IPOD playing “All She Ever Wants” from early 90’s, starry night and a blue moon overhead next to the Constellation Scorpius, with nary another blue moon in sight until 2015. Very surreal qualities in a night flight. I knew this would be a special trip.
Arrived in Vera Cruz at last. Our flight was over an hour late. This was ok, as I did a walk about in the Mex Terminal 2… had a Starbucks mocha cappucino and spent some time listening to the sounds of Espanol. Very different when the language you speak is no longer primary & you are visiting a neighborhood country and are ignorant in so many ways. But as Spanish & French are romance languages, if you read & try to speak, time is your friend.. Learn to speak the local language beyond saying “no se hablo espanol, señor” . You will be happier.
Eduardo and Jesus from Veracruz Tourismo warmly greeted us at the airport and after claiming our luggage, I sat in a new Cadillac SUV while waiting on the inbound flight from Dallas, filled with new friends, fellow agents, writers & travel industry pros.
Suddenly a screech came from the opening door and a “I don’t believe who I’m seeing here.” There stood “Corie W” . Yes and I was happy to see her. Corie is like a celebratory fixture in the industry. Corie is “much” and I was happy to see her…. if you want to know something about a country or place in the Caribbean or Central America or Mexico, ask Corrie. Corrie has “fam’ed there, I promise you! Henceforth, Corie is now known as “Corie-Fam”.
Corie, whom I last saw 2 years ago at BETEX, when we shared a distaste for Hurricanes while in Cayo District of Belize. It was raining, a hurricane was inbound from the gulf to Belize and our group leader decided our 10 person aircraft was flying back into Belize instead of pressing on to Garafuna…. I walked out to the airstrip and asked the tarmac attendant to pull my gear/luggage off the plane. When he comprehended what I was doing and my resolve, he no longer hesitated. I’m standing on the strip thinking, “ok I was with not flying into Belize City in a horrible storm, but not sure exactly where I was going”. Corie was a fellow agent from Miami. She walked out with a “mind if I join you?” & told the group leader, “I’m staying with her.”
We went back to San Ignacio & took a room at Royal K’ana boutique hotel where I’d taken a massage only the day before. Our host was an attendee at BETEX and welcomed us back! So this is how I met the infamous Cori Wiesel, fam mistress, whom I later named at our AMTEX Convention in Veracruz, “CorrieFam”. She fams, so much so, during a recent argument with her family, they accused her of only coming home to do her laundry. I can see how this perception prevails. The upside, want to know about a destination anywhere carriers out of Miami International Airport flies to in the Caribbean, Central America or Mexico, call Corie. She has the scoop, which is an asset to any travel consultant.
Maybe Corie will “guest” on the blog and share her travels.
ATMEX Adventure Travel Mexico, Veracruz Sept.2-11 2012 Show us what you’ve got! We’re here to experience all the flavors of Veracruz, Mexico Verde, Totanal, Sierra Gorda. Could I get a donkey taxi please? Adventure awaits.