Sometimes it does take THREE hours to check in for a flight.

Just departing on the first leg to Nairobi. Wow it has been the most difficult process. I bought the tickets this past July on a site called Snaptravel. The tickets were around $700! At present they are $4500. Well the reason they are cheap is because they have zero customer service! The flight wet “disrupted” and that must have slid us into the deep dark corners of their dirty cubby in India, no offense to my Indian friends, especially Shirley.

I have been on hold for hours, endless emails, texts, robot messaging etc. Booked on KLM and Delta. Also hours trying to get a human and I never did. The flights were rebooked so I could print an Itinerary but if I emailed it or downloaded it reverted to the old flights!!!

We also had to get PCR Covid tests, results arrived at 4:30am today! Took the test on Wed as directed. Has to be 96 hours before we land in Kenya. Went through two E-Visa agencies to get the visa for Kenya. First one never came through. Today we arrived very early for check in since we could not check in on line, sometimes it even said that there was no reservation at all! At the ticket counter they found our flights, checked our passports and then asked for the QR for tracing. We had it but they wanted to see our names on it. After spending an hour trying to find the email, reapplying twice, the agent realized that the QR code does t have our maimed on anyway. Wow so disorganized! And no seat assignments, which the agent insisted that we have before we fill out the QR code! They were wrong!

So now an hour and a half to Salt Lake City, hour layover then 10 hours to Amsterdam, three hour layover and eight more hours to Nairobi, arriving at 10 pm on Sat. We will be picked up by a fellow Rotarian

The rest of the trip… before the next one.

We had a wonderful time in Mexico. Such a diverse and exciting country. I may post a few more pictures, but when we got back to the USA, life just got in the way. In two days we head to Kenya for a week. So excited and for a cause, just not sure how it will all work out. Covid test today in preparation. Flying KLM through a cheap carrier. Flights have changed and I am a little stressed about it!

Work tomorrow and some preparations still needed. Love my lists!

Wednesday

After breakfast at the hotel we hired a taxi to take us to the La Gruta Hot Springs it was a 15 minute drive and $10USD. The entrance fee was also $10 USD. There were several pools. We skipped the family pool and went to the adult pool. It was warm not too hot. There was a covered part that was like going into a cave.

Not my pic
Also not my pic
The grounds
Lunch
Amazing. Mole
Lots of these all over
Walking around

We went back to the hotel, rested and read a little , then back out to see the sites.

Not a lot of blue houses. There are certain colors that can be used per UNESCO
Narrow sidewalks

Stopped in a dive bar Dean Martinis. Met Alejandro

Got dressed up and walked to Rosewood Hotel for the view and a drink.

This hotel is very exclusive and we found out why! The view are incredible and the grounds stunning. Had a glass of rose and some French fries and a Facebook video call with family. My Mom is in the hospital and we all were concerned. Even my niece in Nepal chimed in, but hours later. Gotta appreciate technology.

Cobblely
Love the garden
A bag for your mask! Clever!
The grounds
Here comes the moon!
Gluten free tacos

We heard about a restaurant called LuLu Cafe. We walked past it on the way to Rosewood. We sat at the bar. It was Taco Tuesday. We were told that the kitchen closed in 10 min so we order fish, shrimp and cauliflower tacos on beet tortillas. Very tasty. We talked with the owner Paul. He moved from Oakland a few months before to open this shop. We plan to come back on Thirsady for a Pilates class next door and brunch. Back to the center for people watching.

Magenta tonight!
Photo bomber! Or Waldo?
Gallery
My Mom hates this word

I realize these pictures are crooked and from the side, but you have to be stealthy in galleries and taking pictures of other people art. Once in Uganda, at the source of the Nile, I took a picture of a metal sculpture and got in big trouble. It finally took a one dollar bill to get out of the trouble!!

Tuesday in Sun Miguel

With a quick plan to go walk to a market, we quickly discovered that El Mercado de San Miguel de Allende is actually in Madrid. I added it to my bucket list because it’s looked fantastic. Maybe a future weekend trip. As we left the hotel we decided to walk to the right and watch the city wake up. That is one of my favorthings to do!

Heads on swivels, so much to see, people going to church, kids going to school, markets opening up.

Love all of the textures and colors
Back at the center. Coffee and reading

We sat at a little cafe for awhile taking in the views and people watching. We flirted with a little six year old, reading and having coffee.

Second arch from the back
I love churches

Churches always intrigue me. So many unusual relics, some spiritual. I remember seeing a pair of blue gloves that wept tears of the Virgin Mary in Jordan. Relics of the Holy Grail, relics of Jesus’s cross. The statues here had from the looks of it human hair!

Is this burning in Hell?
Beautiful doors

So many gorgeous boutiques and galleries. We bought a few things.

Upon a recommendation of the concierge we started at La Azutea. For roof top drinks and Happy Hour.

Later for dinner we went to Atrio. Our dinners are usually a drink and a couple appetizers.

Then to Cen Tri for wine and beautiful views of the Parreque church in the historic center. This is one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever been in. It’s magical.

Atrios rooftop
Tacos
Foie gras eel truffle sushi