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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.

More to come soon...

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Monterrey is the municipality and capital city of Nuevo León (a North Eastern state of Mexico). Another name for Monterrey is Sultana del Norte (which means Lady of North). The population of Monterrey proper is around one million while the population of Greater Monterrey (the metropolitan area of Monterrey) has a population of around 3.8 million. An interesting river, Santa Catarina River, which remains dry throughout the year, actually flows underground and constantly divides the city into two halves. The southern part of Monterrey is covered by Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, the western side of the city is covered by Cerro de las... Read more »


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Things to do in Saltillo - Dec 15, 2008, by MadSuh
This is a nice little town that offers some good life to the local people. It's not all that interesting to go there as a tourist, but if you want to see some nice Mexican life style, check out this place, you won't be disappointed. We hung... Read more »

Visiting Rosarito in Mexico - Dec 15, 2008, by MadSuh
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Traveling in Mexico - Feb 22, 2006, by travelgrove-editor
Population: 104 million Major Airports: * Juarez International Airport, Mexico City - MEX * Cancun International Airport - CUN * Puerto Vallarta Ordaz - PVR * Los Cabos International Airport - SJD * Guadalajara... Read more »

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Why to visit Saltillo, Mexico - Dec 13, 2006, by MadSuh
We had some more crazy party days. I really needed the time off to relax a bit and spend some time somewhere else than back home. To my surprise Mexico is quite different from what I thought it would be. Much more organized than what I... Read more »


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