I am now in the process of packing up for the trip. The staging area for packing up is on my kitchen counter. That is the only place with enough room in my little studio apartment.
Want to hear something weird that popped into my head during all of this packing? It came to me that I should phone my Mom about the trip. But my Mom departed her life in 2002. I guess a lifetime worth of conditioning about keeping Mom informed is still in place somewhere in my brain. I get a kick out of contemplating Mom in this way so many years after she died. Somehow for me it is sort of like she is still alive. Comforting!
There are a bunch of library items that I need to return tomorrow. I was planning to bike over to the library to return that stuff. But the weather prediction here where I live is for 100% chance of rain tomorrow. So, I will use the taxi that takes me to the trolley station in the afternoon to first go to the library.
I wanted to buy a collapsible umbrella during that library trip. I'll need that umbrella during rainy parts of this Mexico trip. I'm probably going to get that taxi to also take me to Target to buy an umbrella. Gotta be flexible about these kinds of things!
When son David died in 2010, I latched on to some of his stuff. Mostly clothing. 1/2 dozen t-shirts, a few nice sweaters. Also, an American-Tourister flight bag. Really good quality bag. David bought quality.
I used that flight bag to go lots of places. Like the month that I flew to Guatemala. This bag has served me well. Now I am flying to Mexico using the flight bag. That David.... Wow!
I blogged to you a few days ago that I'm using the recently opened Cross Border Xpress [CBX] to enter Mexico [link]. The only people allowed to use CBX must have a boarding pass for a flight from the Tijuana Airport that takes off within 24 hours. Also, a CBX ticket.
In order to get my boarding pass and CBX ticket, I will use convenient kiosks located at the CBX entrance. Very clever!
Here is today's travel plan:
- I am using a taxi to go from my apartment to the San Diego Trolley in La Mesa.
- I catch the San Diego Trolley which in about an hour takes me to the Iris Avenue Station.
- Now I will be close to the International Border. One more taxi will take me from the Iris Avenue trolley station to the CBX tunnel.
- The other end of the CBX tunnel is inside Mexico at the Tijuana Airport.
- From the airport, I catch another taxi which takes me to my hotel located about a 15 minute drive from the airport.
It took me awhile of figuring out how to go before I came up with this travel plan!
I considered a Men In Black shuttle-taxi from my apartment in La Mesa all the way to the CBX tunnel. That taxi ride costs $108, and is the fastest and smoothest way to go. Instead I chose the taxi to trolley way to go described in the travel plan above. I am not in a hurry, and I like to ride that trolley.
I feel good about my travel plan! :)
PS: The taxi guy that picked me up at the Iris Avenue Trolley Station mentioned that a regular taxi would cost only about $60 + tip to go from my La Mesa apartment all the way to the CDX tunnel!
Wow! [Live and learn]