As I write this post I’m on the plane between Mexico City and Houston, slowly making my way back to Australia on a 36 hour journey.
I don’t want to get too sentimental, but after nearly three years away it’s safe to say that I’m feeling rather emotional right now.
You might think that being seasoned travelers we simply stroll into an airport, dump our bags at check-in and then breeze through security before having a cup of coffee while we wait for our plane to depart.
But the truth is, I get stressed before we travel, asking Dave a million times if he packed this or that. He tries to crack jokes to loosen me up but I can’t help it – I’m a stress ball before we travel.
But as soon as we board the plane, I go into a Zen-like state, happy we made the flight and then all my stress evaporates.
However… then it’s Dave’s turn to stress. He’s quite a nervous flyer – and even though he’s been on a plane hundreds of times before, it doesn’t make his takeoff or landing experience any easier. Just a minute ago he was hyperventilating due to the turbulence.
As the plane starts gathering speed down the runway, his breathing becomes shallow and his eyes widen as he peers out of the window, gripping the arm rests tightly.
Then it’s my turn to try and calm him down, coaxing him to relax while saying stupid things like, “We were more likely to die in the taxi on the way to the airport than we are during takeoff.”
Anyway, this morning’s collective rush and panic was further amplified by the fact that when I (luckily!) checked our flight details online, I discovered that our flight had been moved forward by nearly two hours and the airline – AeroMexico – hadn’t been bothered to inform us.
Thankfully, due to my attempts of minimizing my pre-flight stress, we’d packed the night before and made the plane in time.
All we missed out on was our pre-flight yoga session. (Yes, I’m well aware of how wanky that sounds.)
Nerves and stress abiding
As Mexico flies away underneath me and the USA comes closer, I can feel the nerves fading away altogether.
Although I’ve written in the past about being nervous about returning home after so long, now all I’m starting to feel is excitement and growing anticipation, especially to see my family.
It may have something to do with us being robbed two days ago.
Yep, I couldn’t believe it – second last day of our 18 month journey and Dave gets pickpocketed on the metro in Mexico City.
We didn’t lose much – only $70 and our pride.
In the rush hour crush on the train, someone put their hand into Dave’s pocket and took his wallet. The most classic robbery style there is.
It was an old wallet we’d bought three years ago in Morocco that was falling apart, so no loss there. There was 800 pesos (around $70) inside, and both our driver’s licenses, as well as Dave’s bank travel card.
The bank card wasn’t such a big deal either, because we had enough cash to last us until home, and we managed to cancel it before any funds were stolen from our account.
Normally Dave carries all the money, but that day – by luck – I was the one carrying about $200 and they didn’t manage to get their hands into my pockets.
The biggest annoyance was our driver’s licenses – they were our British ones and we were hoping to use them in Australia until our new Aussie ones were processed. Now we’ll just have to rely on friends and parental lifts until they come through in Oz – which is a pain.
But anyway, it could’ve been much, much worse. There’s been times when Dave’s walked around with $600 in his back pocket after a visit to the ATM, so thankfully it wasn’t one of those moments.
Spending last month
Speaking of money, we were slightly over our budget last month, which was somewhat of a fluke when you consider we spent nearly $500 on flights because we couldn’t be bothered getting an 18+ bus between Campeche and Oaxaca.
Granted, Christmas pressie shopping is a lot cheaper in Mexico than Australia (and a lot more fun too!) but still, I was happy to come in on budget considering that!
Budget breakdown for November:
|Public transport (buses and taxis)||$115.17|