Getting to Guadalajara was very pleasant. When we checked in at the airport and got our boarding pass, it showed that we had been assigned to seats 1E and 1F and were part of boarding group 1. This was curious since I had reserved seats 32E and 32F which was confirmed when I did the online check in the day before. Once we boarded we found that our seats were in fact in the first row of the first class section. Apparently, we were moved up front without any fanfare. Not sure why, nobody ever mentioned it. Perhaps they had overbooked coach and had to move some of us to the front. At any rate we had a very comfortable 3 hour trip with roomy seats (in the photo below, Valerie had to lean across the wide armrest separating us) and a very nice hot breakfast.
Once we arrived into the Guadalajara airport (Valerie had her rice confiscated by the customs inspector) and withdrew some pesos from the ATM, we took a 20 minute taxi ride into the center of the city near the Centro Historico and got settled into Hotel Posada San Pablo. Guadalajara is on the same time zone as Central Time in the US, so 2 hours ahead of California. We had plenty of time to take an initial walk around the historical area and get oriented to key points of interest. On Friday, perhaps we’ll take advantage of the city tour bus that makes stops in several areas of the city.