Orlando Magic

May 14-16 2009

 

ORLANDO

Well, if you are not going to a theme park in Orlando…. Don’t go to Orlando.

 

I’m serious.!

 

I walked 7 miles and if you don’t want to buy ridiculous souvenirs, cheap electronics, eat oversized portions, take a spin in a go-kart or play miniature golf- then you have nothing to do.

 

Downtown is way far away from the theme parks and the airport, and although it is pretty, there really isn’t much going on.

 

Daytona Beach and the NASCAR Speedway are very cool though  I had a great day eating taffy and ice cream on the boardwalk. I was then star photographer as I watched my bro drive a NASCAR at an average of 147 miles per hour around the track 3 times. He is a natural. Ver proud when he won fastest lap. We then spent the afternoon watching the sunset and  enjoying a nice seafood dinner on the pier at Crabby Joes.

 

James went to Kennedy Space Centre the next day but I chose to hang out and chill at our cool and cheap hostel/ hotel with pool and my new Israeli friends. However we were slightly interrupted as it proceeded to THUNDER AND LIGHTNING- breaking all expectations of the Sunshine state that is Florida.

 

So that night we enjoyed a few rowdy sessions of Karaoke under a small umbrella as the rain poured down and the booze flowed. My isreali friend Gad Damjit ( sounds much like GOD DAMMIT…. Best name I have ever heard) tried to hold a conversation with me but the wailings of the hostel owner and his friend were far too distracting. A good night had by all…. And rest needed for the next couple of days!

MIAMI – as Will Smith once sang “WE’RE GOING TO MIAMI”

Off to Miami to join my brother on the actual trip we had planned together. Well, actually it was meant to be from Orlando onward so squeezing in Miami, Key West, The everglades, Daytona and extra day in Orlando wasn’t such a bad side effect of ye olde Swine flu.

 May 12th 2009

 

MIAMI 

I decided to be the ultimate little sister and follow in my big bro’s footsteps, so off I went to Miami with him, it’s tough to be the younger sister. We met a couple of cool Germans Mario and Flo and they drove us out for a day at the everglades with air boat rides, alligator and snake talks and a lovely encounter with Mr. enormous alligator. Note to all– sitting on Alligators is risky, so make sure you can jump very high if you attend to sit on one like my good friend Mario had to do! Hehe. We hit the beach and the very warm water, didn’t see as many half naked women as I thought I would, hmmm stereotypes didn’t live up to standard.

 

Jamesie and I had a lovely day trip to Key West where we ate Key lime pie, sampled chili’s and went snorkelling on the rough Caribbean waters. A night out to a German restaurant where we tried to put our heads in Steins (1 litre beer mugs) and then on to the famous Clevelander bar… which led to 2 hours sleep and me boarding the bus to Orlando in my attire from the night before!

 
The trip continues….. in ORLANDO!