Ah the joys of early morning flights. I got up at three thirty AM to get the taxi to the airport. Upon arriving at the airport I discover to my surprise that I have a Business Class ticket. This explains why my one way was more expensive than my canceled round trip. So this morning I am at last qualified for admission to the Merida Airport VIP lounge. I get to sit in a comfy seat and have a morning cerveza. All set for my new adventures.
Generally there is not much to see outside the window, but on this trip, there are some interesting clouds this morning and a view of a volcano sending out smoke in Guatemala. Whenever I see an active volcano, it is always a reminder to me as to how volatile is this seemingly stable planet we call Earth.
When landing at Guatemala one can not help but notice that the local Maya dress differently and have different facial features than the Maya of the Yucatán. Welcome to a new country. (I believe Guatemala is my country #41 for those of you who are keeping score.)I meet up with the rest of the eight members of our tour group from the Institute of Maya Studies. On our first day in Guatemala City we visit the archaeology museum. There are some excellent pieces here and there is a scale model of Tikal that gives a wonderful overview. Our hotel is in the swanky part of town with green marble sidewalks and American chain restaurants. I go for local food and have some turkey soup.
Nevada is still the corporate headquarters for our US enterprises and operations.
We have been handling the major things through phones, faxes, texts, and e-mails, but it is indeed astounding how much paperwork and small maintenance decisions build up when I have been gone for a couple of months.
Finishing up my four state tour and will be heading back to Santa Elena tomorrow
In San Francisco for two days to meet with lawyers, financial people, accountants, museum staff, and realtor. I also heard Janet Yellen speak at the Commonwealth Club.
I saw my loft in San Francisco for perhaps the last time.
I built this place twenty years ago.
It has been my student loft, my primary residence, a place to stay when visiting the San Francisco Bay Area, and a crash space for friends and family when they visit San Francisco.
But now it is time to let go and move on to other adventures.