Huehuecoyotl is one of the many Pre Colombian Gods of Mexico. The translation is very old coyote. He is an auspicious God and is generally beneficent but can be a prankster. I have decided that he will now be my spirit guide when I go to Mexico next week. He has already started mischief making…
After my amazing list of resolutions, (I have done more than one #2 every day – yippee), I have a short gap before my first work contract and have decided to go to Merida in the Yucatan next week. It’s a solo visit – I don’t think Teddy is ready for one of my Spanish speaking, taking the local bus and arguing with taxi driver trips. My last trip to Merida was a disaster but despite that I longed to return in more clement weather.
Booking the flight was easy. I used air miles and there were a few seats left. The flight is just over 2 hours so there are many commuters back and forth between Texas and Mexico. One of the problems with my last trip was that I was staying in a beautiful old building with all the problems that come with that. This time I decided to choose a generic chain hotel so that at least there is another room to go to…
Huehuecoyotl had arranged for British Airways to send me an email reminding me that I had to use my Avios points. Ah ha, thought Kerry, I can book a hotel in Merida and save money. I chose the Wyndham but when I received the final confirmation, I realized that they had not used my points and cash but just cash. Wily Coyote! The only option was to phone British Airways. They have a free number in the States but you are speaking to someone in England. A very nice lady with a well enunciated English dialect answered the phone promptly – wow! It was such a relief to speak to someone who immediately understood my accent. I have no idea what the problem is in the USA – I speak clearly and you have all watched Braveheart/Outlander, haven’t you???
As soon as I explained what had happened, she indicated that it would be complicated to sort out so I would be on the phone for a while. One hour…but at least it was free. Long story shorter, the first booking had to be cancelled and then she attempted to do it again. Coyote was having fun because there were two Merida Wyndhams on the BA website, one in lower case and one in upper case. I assured my new friend that there was only one Wyndham hotel even though they had different addresses!
Right in the middle of all this, my gardeners arrived. I apologized and said I would have to carry the phone outside while I spoke to them. “Hola! Como Esta”, “Bien, y Usted?” Then there was some bad Spanish when I tried to explain that I needed a brick stand for the Casa de Gatta (Katniss). The nice lady said, “Do you live in Mexico?” Well, if you ask a Trump voter, they might say yes, but really we live in the bilingual metropolis of Houston. I used eastern Europeans in England as an example. New immigrants always do the jobs that no one else wants to do.
Back to the strange website; neither the UPPER CASE nor lower case Wyndham would take my money or booking. Likely they had no rooms left – welcome to Mexico! Finally I decided that I would just completely cancel all bookings with British Airways and ponder what to do next. The nice lady was very apologetic and had even reduced the price before I was banished from that hotel. We bid each other goodbye and I wondered if she was going to tell someone about her strange conversation. What was even funnier, in the middle of all of this, Toffee had a poo (great resolution) in her litter box and started caterwauling for me to clean it stat! She was so loud that I had to apologize for that noise whilst escaping to the other side of the house with computer and phone to get away from the noise of the gardeners.
So, I sat thinking about a possibly ill-fated trip but was so amused by the whole situation that I decided to just do a Booking.com. They allow you to cancel close to the trip time and you don’t pay until after you arrive. They were problematic the last time (my hotel was not available and didn’t find out until the night before). Maybe Huehuecoyotl would help out? I chose the first one that had a great review and it is a 17th century mansion – uh oh. The hotel immediately confirmed my booking in Spanish – excellente and it is so beautiful that I could just photograph that building.
I am going next week and Teddy is looking after the gattas. Wish me luck and hope that my puppy God wants to play nice.