Things didn’t get off to a great start when I discovered that I had put myself on a flight for the wrong month. I was due to fly on the 28th of April but had booked the 28th of May. Oops. I contacted United and could only get a voice service as it was late at night. I am suppose to be on a 8am flight the next morning. I have to take this flight as my next flight to Oaxaca and accommodation are all locked in. I finally get through to a real person that suggest they can help me for an additional cost of $73 USD plus a change fee of $273USD.. Yep the change fee is now $20 USD more than the original flight. Grrrr. I decide to use my preferred tactics and call back and hope to get someone more senior and friendly. It works. I call straight back a get a nice lady that recognises that I have made a mistake and waives the change fee. Done, I’m off to Mexico.I board my flight and end up with three seats to myself and United give you the option to buy wifi on board. For $8.00 unlimited wifi and its surprisingly fast. The 3hr15min flight fly’s by as I get loads of stuff done online and book a few more flights.
I arrive at Oaxaca and make my way to check in to find out that my booking doesn’t exist and has been cancelled by one of those stupid online booking sites. They are garbage. I recommend using these sites to find options then going straight to the source. I’m able to purchase a new ticket for the same price on the same flight. Problem solved.
The flight is pretty painless accept for the landing. We land in the start of a massive thunderstorm and the plane is pitching and yawing all over the place. The pilot has to perform the old sideways landing trick. I grab a taxi and head to my hotel and the skies open up. It is bucketing down. Thunder lighting and pouring rain. A good old tropical style storm. I see the biggest longest lighting strike I have ever seen.
Day 2. I check out the local area and wander the city. Its a very clean city and reminds me a lot of Italy. Cobbled walkaways and beautiful old buildings. I decided to enrol in Spanish school for a few hours per day over the next couple of days. Well, what can I say. Challenging for this year 10 drop out. 🙂 I already struggle with english never mind learning another language at this stage in life.
Day 3. I oraganise a private tour of Monte Alban, the ancient pyramid area a 30minute drive from Oaxaca. My guide picks me up at 7:30am and off we go. He suggests an early start to beat the crowds as its Friday and a public holiday in Oaxaca. I hate crowds so this suits me fine. He wasn’t wrong about the crowds, we had the whole place to ourselves apart from a few workers. Read more about Monte Alban here. It has a fascinating history and many stories.There are many tombs in the area however they are off limits to the public. We were only able to enter one small tomb.