This morning I flew from Sacramento to Denver, and saw beautiful views of the Sierra and Rockies. It was cloudy over Colorado, but the higher peaks poked above the clouds dramatically. The views were gorgeous. From there I flew south to Cancun, arriving on schedule at 3pm local time. It took about an hour to get through customs, then I got a ride to my hotel. The Comfort Inn Aeropuerto is about a mile and a half from the airport. There are only a handful of hotels within a few miles from Cancun International–most are over 12 miles away, especially those with beachfront locations.
The hotel was quite satisfactory for my needs. It isn’t on the beach. Instead, it is located in a commercial area along the highway. The only places to eat are at the restaurant itself and at a Burger King across the street. I called or left messages with other travelers, and those staying along hotel row decided to meet up with the rest of tomorrow at the airport. Two other travelers are staying at my hotel. We met with another staying about a half mile away and ate dinner at her hotel. I thought the food was really delicious. Of course there were a lot of questions about Cuba, and I’m sure there will be more during the next 10 days. One funny thing about Cuba is that the answer to each question usually elicits more questions. The more you learn, the more you realize how complicated things are. You also begin to appreciate how difficult it is to fully understand all that has happened in that country, and how difficult it is to predict its future accurately.
Tomorrow we meet the rest of our group at the airport, and depart Cancun on Cubana for Havana about 3:30pm local time. We don’t know exactly what lies ahead, but we know it should be a very interesting expedition.