Saturday, January 30, 2016


1am - I am supposed to be asleep now. But I am just too hyper! Too excited to sleep! So, I got up, went online to the Volaris Airline site, and checked in for my flight tomorrow.

Once checked in, I was able to obtain my boarding pass in PDF [Adobe's Portable Document Format]. I saved the PDF to a travel drive and tomorrow I'll print out my boarding pass.

2am - I watered my impatien flowers on the balcony. Then, still not sleepy, decided to eat a beef and bean chimichanga [deep fried burrito]. I think that I'm going to watch some TV while eating the chimichanga.

8am - I did sleep about 4 hours last nite. I had breakfast then straightened up my apartment. Then I'll take Mariner for a bike ride to John's home to leave off my apartment key. Then comes printing out the CBX ticket and my Volaris boarding

That's all there is to do! I am ready to take an Uber Cab to the Cross Border Xpress around 2pm. I will be staying at a hotel near the Tijuana Airport.

My flight takes off at 1am! Is this the famous Red Eye that they talk about?

Uber Taxi
I've downloaded the Uber Taxi App to my iPhone. For me, using this Uber App is a leap of faith. No phone number is provided to ask any questions.

I am guessing that I am supposed to tap the link in the Uber App, and a taxi guy just shows up a few minutes later. If Uber shows, great! If not, I fall-back on Yellow Cab.

Uber review
I give Uber Taxi 10 stars! Works great. The taxi driver already has my phone number from when I signed up. So, he phoned me to make sure that I was waiting for him to arrive.

Cost to CBX was $30US, less than 1/2 regular taxi fare.

Gamma de Fiesta Hotel
2:30pm - I'm checked into my room at Gamma. It's a lovely room with firm mattress and in the bathroom, is a bathtub! One of my favorite things is a hot bath!

But first I am going next door to the chicken place for supper. Tell you about the chicken when I return.

Pollo Feliz prepares fabulous tasting chicken!

1/2 delicious chicken for $5.35US

Taxi journey
Google Maps Mexico shows that the distance from Tijuana Airport to Hotel Gamma de Fiesta, where I am staying, is 5.2 km [3.2 miles]. It should take the taxi 8 minutes to get to Gamma.

But it takes about 25 minutes! Somehow this little trip evolves into a journey. Come on, Mexico! Give me a break!

Uber Tijuana!
7:30pm - I wondered if there might be Uber in Tijuana. So, I turned on my Uber App and guess what? I found several Uber taxis right near my hotel!!

I have to return to the airport around 11pm, and I'll give Uber a go!!

Uber worked sooooo good!
10pm - This Uber is so terrific. In minutes I found my Uber taxi. I knew the driver's name, his car make, his car license! He picked me up and dropped me at Volaris at the Tijuana Airport.

Cost from airport to hotel in a regular taxi: 200 pesos.
Cost from hotel to airport via Uber: 38 pesos!!

Waiting for Volaris flight to Guatemala
11pm - I have checked my flight bag thru to Guatemala City. I have gone thru airport security.  I am now typing this blog post to you from a small airport restaurant. I bought a bottle of apple juice for refreshment!

Can a trip get better than this? Hmmmm?

Boarding time for my flight is 12:30am.



  1. George, next time pull up the close route to your destination and show the taxi driver that you know the closest route....I've had taxi in San Francisco try to take the longest but since I know the area, I tell them the closest route.

  2. Thanks for the Uber reports George.... Very interesting.

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