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Published: February 10th 2011
Talavera Serving Platter
A large platter, perfect for a turkey? Only 300 pesos
This trip is never as simple as getting onto an airplane and flying to my destination. It generally looks more like this...
7:30am CST Wake up and pack up the last minute items
9:00am CST Load up the Explorer and head towards Puebla. Stop at the OXXO on the highway and buy a couple bottles of tequila (José's not going to be happy I didn't find the Don Ramon this trip).
9:20am CST Stop in la Zona de Talavera and purchase four pieces to take home for my mother's birthday in April.
10:00am CST Arrive at the CAPU bus station in Puebla, purchase tickets for the 11am departure on the Aeropuerto Expresso to Mexico City. Sit around the bus stop and munch on snacks while waiting patiently.
11:00am CST I am in luck, the bus offers on-board internet, electric outlets, bathrooms, and a movie to distract Mia.
1:00pm CST Arrive at Terminal 1 at the Mexico City airport, the maletero (similar to a bell hop) hauls all my suitcases right up to the United counter and I pay him $20 pesos. We pass through security with no issues, they only pat you down as you step onto the plane.
A nice serving tray or large dinner plate, only 150 pesos
CST The plane departs for San Francisco, CA, USA. All of my bragging about what a fabulous traveler is comes back to bite me in the ass. She is wired and full of piss and vinegar. Due to the length of our travels today, we bought a sandwich on-board and it was delicious!! (TURKEY SANDWICH $8.99 Smoked turkey, lettuce, sundried tomato aioli sauce on multigrain bread)
5:35pm PST We land in San Francisco and I make a wrong turn somewhere between retrieving my luggage and circling back to catch my connecting flight. When you first step off the plane, you step through the border patrol who scans your passport and asks you why you've been traveling and what you were doing (really very nosy people). Then you collect your luggage and check to make sure that all the glass items are still safe and in one piece. As we load everything onto a luggage cart and hand our customs form over, Mia announces she needs to go pee and now! So we back up and return to the luggage area where the nearest bathroom is located. Then we step back over to the customs and give the two men our
Talavera Jar (medium)
A medium jar, José says it is used for beverages, only 100 pesos
form. I ask where to go for our connecting flight on the same damn plane and he directs me to the left past the xray machines. So I pushed the cart around all the machines and bypassed their scanning and walked to a door in the wall. I walk through the door and to the left and find a point to recheck baggage for the connecting flight. The guy took my two suitcases and set them on the conveyor but set my duffel bag aside with my hammock poking out the top. I kept walking trying to find where I was supposed to find Gate 96 and walked around in circles. I ended up having to go back through security all over again. San Francisco is now using the new body imaging scanner. I was already ready to request the invasive body instead when the guy waved me through the old fashioned walk-through scanner.
7:45pm PST The plane departs for Portland, OR and now Mia decides that it's time to take a nap. I'm too tired to even sleep at this point since it's a short hop up the coastline.
9:15pm PST The plane touches down in Portland. Strange coincidence
Talavera Jar (small)
A small jar that would be perfect for a sugar bowl, only 90 pesos
but my duffel bag didn't make it along with the rest of my luggage. The airlines says that they'll deliver it to my door tomorrow. All of my glass pieces made it safe and sound nestled in the towels and blankets. I'm not really worried about my other bag, besides the hammocks, it was full of my dirty clothes, ha ha. José met me at the airport with his cousin. We load up the luggage into the Escape and set off for home.
1:15am PST (20 hours later) We arrive at home safe and sound and totally exhausted. Another trip safely completed. Thank you good karma!
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