A Surprise Trip
Monday, February 28, 2011 - I announced to Carlos as he left to meet the breakfast group at 7:00 am, “Be home by noon. We are going on a surprise adventure with Alice and Max for his 70th birthday.”
I can’t go on a trip.
I’m too busy.
I have plans.
I have a training session at the gym.
I have a meeting at the Presidencia (city hall).
Blah, Blah, Blah
Deal with it.
6 Days? That’s impossible.
I can’t go.
Change the trip.
My response: (with teeth clenched)
We are going.
We can’t change the plans.
Cancel your appointments.
Pack your suitcase.
Where are we going?
I am not at liberty to discuss it.
At 2 pm a van drove the four of us to the Queretaro bus station. Our destination: Mexico City airport.
Excitement was beginning to build. Questions and guesses were flying back and forth. Alice and I maintained our “no response” response.
5am - Wake up call.
6am - Board shuttle to airport.
They still have no idea where we are going.
“C-oo-ba”, ever so quietly slipped out of my mouth.
Their response: “CUBA”! FANTASTIC!”
A few hours later, we landed in Havana...
and an hour later, checked in to the hotel Parque Central (Central Park)