Thursday March 11th, 2010
Days until Mexico: Less than one!
People going: 8
Flights: 3 for me, 2 for everyone else
Days I'll be there: 6, 7 for everyone else
Totally amped to go to Mexico. We got a late start out of Duluth at 6pm. Mandi was kind enough to let us stay at her place for the night before we all headed out to the airport the next morning. It was our first day as an actual group. It's what I like to call the "testing period". No one knows what to expect from everyone else, it's a week of seeing each other all the time. Will we be able to put up with each other? Will we have a falling out? Will we the perfect fit? Will we stay together or split up into smaller groups? We would just have to find out.
Friday March 12th, 2010
Days until Mexico: NONE! We're there!
People we lost in transit: 0 (yay us!)
Time it took to find Michelle's parent's room: Way too long.
Shots of Tequila upon arrival at said room: 4... not sure about everyone else.
Can't believe we're here! The flights were uneventful, but the Phoenix airport had a bird flying around in it. Curiouser and curiouser. We knew once we landed that we were going to have to "Game Face" our way out of the airport. We exchanged some money and passed through customs (aduanas). Still a little sad I didn't get a stamp. As soon as we were admitted, the time share piranhas were there asking questions. We were professional game facers at that point. Once outside the airport though, we lost our abilities. The taxis were a necessary evil, but which one to choose? My game face at this point resembled my "I'm tired" face. We settled on one taxi, put our stuff in and loaded up. Nuevo Vallarta here we come. The taxi driver assumed we were spring breakers and asked if we wanted to stop for beers. Apparently he was totally okay with us drinking in his vehicle. We just wanted to get there... some spring breakers we were!
We stayed at this massive resort, and were in a building on the opposite side of the "campus" than Michelle's parents. Wristbands were required for wandering around anywhere in the resort, but we wouldn't get those until the morning. With our stuff in our room, we set out for the rent's room. At some point, our group got split up and Marian, Charles and I ended up wandering around a golf course. Eventually we got pointed in the right direction, and ended up in the right place. We walked in the door to tequila shots. I won't deny that I am a lover of tequila, but at that point, after traveling all day, I wasn't sure that tequila was the best idea. It's Mexico though, so I did. Delicious. 100% Agave. MMMM. We were all pretty wiped from the travel of the day, so we headed back to our room. Charles and Michelle stayed in the other room.
The way it worked out was that Marian and I would be registered to Michelle's parent's room, and everyone else would be registered to the other room. So, in order to get our wristbands, we would have to go to the rent's building to get them. Back at the room, we slept with the balcony doors wide open. People were vying for couch sleeping space. I volunteered for the floor. No one wanted the bed... curious. Oh well. Marian, Mandi, Ethan and I all stayed up and talked for a while, a good bonding experience that definitely helped allay the concerns from the previous day.