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My first day in Saltillo, Monterrey, Mexico

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MadSuh's pictureby MadSuh review
added on 13th of December, 2006
I arrived in Mexico yesterday. The trip was not much fun. I had slept only 2-3 hours before leaving Ravensburg and I had to drive to the airport early (5am) as I wanted to get the VAT back for my notebook. Anyhow, that didn't work (Bummer).

The flight took forever. I had to fly into Atlanta and to my surprise I had to go through all customs procedures just because I was gonna have another stop over in Houston before finally heading down to Mexico.

I hate flying, I always end up drinking too much coke and coffee and I keep watching TV. After more than 20 hours I was finally in Mexico. My expectations were right on... my luggage was missing already! Anyhow, this happens a lot and not just in Mexico, but the service lady told me that Continental had lost 60 suitcases that day... Hmmm I wonder whether that overhead is what drives these smart and efficient companies out of business these days.

The gentlemen I was sitting next to on my flight from Houston to Monterrey was kindly offering to drop me off in the city to catch a bus to Saltillo. While getting out I heard some European guy in a suit say 'Saltillo'. Then it hit me... he must be here for business and will be picked up by his partner. I immediately grabbed him and asked him how he was getting to Saltillo. Before I knew it his private driver had driven us the 80km to Saltillo and I was having drinks with some business guys from around the world I gladly accepted the offer but didn't want to push it by also accepting the dinner invitation.

I had called Thorsten already to pick me up and he arrived a few minutes later. We went straight home, I dropped my stuff and naturally went to some student party drinking too much Tequila, Bacardi and Tecate... The mix wasn't the best as it turned out so I needed a long long sleep to recover.

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Monterrey in Mexico is a huge industrial city for its country, yet 500 years ago it was nearly vacant.  During the Spanish conquest, the land where the modern day city of Monterrey stands was poorly populated due to its distance from the main cities and it was nearly unconquerable until 1577.  A town was established in the Extremadura Valley yet lost a great deal of its population to other more popular cities in Mexico.  The territory was nearly abandoned until an explorer by the name of Luis Carvajal y de la Cueva established a new colony under King Philip II blessing in 1580.... Read more »


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