Not Impressed With The Section Of LA Airport We Had To Wait In
It was a long journey for us to get to San Miguel. We went over to Vancouver a day early and checked into a hotel. Our flight left at 6pm and landed in Los Angeles at 8:30pm. It was impressive to see the lights of LA as we came in to land. We had to sit in the airport until midnight waiting for our next flight to leave. Our thinking was that the LA airport would be great. I’m sure parts of it are, just not the holding area they had us in. It had a grungy looking Burger King, and a bar styled restaurant with nothing but greasy food. There was a small Starbucks, but even it looked below normal standards. There was one shop with some magazines and stuff. It all started to close by 10pm. We felt sorry if anyone had to come after that and had to wait for a flight. There was nowhere to even buy a bottle of water, not even a vending machine. We had a mouse running around the room to keep us entertained while we waited.
Our First Experience With High Security Buses
We didn’t manage to get much sleep on the plane. We could see the lights of Mexico City as we approached in the dark. It was massive, it made LA look small. We arrived at about 5:45am our time, but they are 2 hours ahead so it was 7:45am. We could not believe how cold it was, you could see your breath. I guess being one mile in elevation could make it quite cold, at least in December.
We only had to wait about half an hour for our bus to take us to a city called Querataro. We went downstairs to the bus platform. What came next was different than anything we have experienced when loading onto a bus. We first had to have our backpacks that we were taking onto the bus opened and inspected. While this was happening a security person was video taping us. After our bags were cleared we moved in line to board the bus, but not before being patted down by another security person. Once everyone was on board an automatic door closed us off from the driver, kind of like the door to the cockpit on a plane. It was apparently bullet proof.
The bus was very nice. It was a first class bus with reclining seats. There was even a cushioned board that pulled down from the seat in front on you to rest your legs on. We managed to sleep almost the entire three hour trip. If only the seats on planes were this comfortable. Well I guess they might be in first class. We arrived in Querataro and needed to get another bus from there to our final destination of San Miguel de Allende. This time the lady at the ticket counter did not speak English. She was very nice and took me outside the building to point exactly where we needed to get the bus. This bus was not as nice. It was old and a bit smelly. At least the trip was only about an hour.