Mexico-Chiapas, Tabasco & the Mayan Ruins of Palenque-cont’d
There were no seats together on the plane to Villahermosa so I ended up in a different row than Carol. I was in the middle seat between 2 great people: Carlos, a financial analyst for a big construction company in Mexico City and Bruno, a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company who lived in Villahermosa. I bonded with both of them instantly with my limited Spanish and their limited English. For 1.5 hours we conversed like we were old friends.
Our problem was we only had 1 hour to make it in a taxi from the Villahermosa airport to the downtown area to catch a 7:30 p.m. bus to Palenque and that was cutting it close. Plus, I had made my bus reservations on-line in the states and was unfamiliar with the process of checking in at the bus station and claiming my reservation.
Both Bruno and Carlos offered to drive us to the bus station upon landing. Bruno’s wife was already going to be at the airport waiting on him so he insisted we ride with him. Upon landing, Carol was waiting for me inside the airport since she had already gotten off the plane. I introduced my new friend Bruno to Carol, and told her we were riding with him to the bus station. She gave me that “what in the world have you gotten us into now” look. After all, Bruno was a complete stranger and we were taking him up on his offer of a ride? Of course, Bruno also needed to explain to his wife that he had just met me on the plane and they would be taking us to the bus station. It’s part of that great Mexican hospitality. Ya gotta love these different opportunities to meet people when you travel!
Next-an unexpected delay on the highway –
See my other travel blogs on NewsOk.com:
Caribbean island of Barbuda: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/barbuda/
San Juan with a 5 hour layover: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/san-juan-puerto-rico/
Fly around the U.S. for the day: http://blog.newsok.com/thewanderer/category/day-trip/