I left Ohio on January 5th, and tomorrow, February 9th, after five weeks in Mexico, I will return home. It has been a great trip. In Mérida, Yucatán, I introduced my friend, Frank, to Mexico. Just as with every other friend that I have taken to Mérida, he fell in love with the city. In Mexico City, even though I was under the weather a few days with a cold, I enjoyed spending time with my friend Alejandro and also with friend and fellow blogger, Kim. But now it is time to go back home to Cleveland, where the temperature is currently 35 F, and where I might return to a dusting of snow.
I am not as sad as i usually am when I leave Mexico, because Alejandro is coming back with me for a two week visit. He will experience winter in Ohio for the first time. He has picked out plenty of warm clothing to wear.
Our flight to Houston leaves at 8:00 tomorrow morning, so we will have to be at the airport at 6 AM. I just received an e-mail from United Airlines informing me that I have been upgraded to first class for the Mexico City - Houston flight. Last year I did not fly as much as I did the previous year, so my "Silver Premier" status expired this January. However, I guess I was eligible for an upgrade because the reservation was made while I still had the premier status. I told Alejandro that we would not be sitting together, and he did not mind.
In Houston we will have a three and a half hour layover. I've mentioned before, that I prefer to have a long layover rather than risk missing a connection. The last time that Alejandro came to visit me in Ohio, a long layover was a blessing. His checked suitcase was missing at first, and he could not go through customs until he had all his luggage. After about an hour and a half his suitcase was found. By the time that he reached the gate for his flight to Cleveland, they were boarding.
We will arrive in Cleveland tomorrow at around 5:30 P.M. Back to the reality of winter!