I can't help but laugh at your story... I was on a trip and a boy on my bus also threw up on the bus aisle on the way to the airport...
It happens to everyone, no need to cry
Have a safe flight home...
and enjoy fishbowl! (I don't think I liked the ending-and if you can't find it in your daughter's room, u can borrow my copy)
The worst part about your misadventure (misfortune?) is that, well, you're right: it does make a good story. And threre won't be too many people who'll figure out where the inspiration is from; just Tamar, Sophie, me, and perhaps a few other people who don't dare comment
I didn't even know that hotels have librairies... when I went down South for a vacation, once, I brought about 5 books with me, some of which had over 700 pages, so I actually had to put some of my clothes in my parents' suitcase to have the space for my books. Maybe I'll think about using the library, next time!
One last note... hopefully you won't be stuck in Mexico the same way you were stuck in Wemindji (sp?) because of a snowstorm, since it's quite bad right now!