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Revenge of the Cockroach (1 Bad)

Weeks 1 - 3 Weather: Sunny, 30 degrees C, 85% - 90% humidity, lightning storms late afternoon

30 °C
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It sounds like the latest enthralling roller coaster to be unveiled at Busch Gardens, but sadly this was not the case. We were struggling to find a room for Saturday night in Orlando as our fantastic 10 nights at Drury Inn was at an end - I was nearly weeping into my backpack as the hotel was one of the best I have ever stayed in.

Everywhere half decent was fully booked so we resorted to Motel 6 rated 3 blobs on Trip Advisor for a bargain basement price of $60. We have stayed at Motel 6 before, many years ago when we did a road trip across California and Nevada and the chain motel was okay.

The room appeared perfectly clean on first inspection even though the air was heavy with the smell of mildew and some other unidentifiable pong and the walls were paper thin.

However, it didn't take long for the beasties to appear once the lights went out. I have a pet hate of cockroaches; I just can't abide them. I had a sleepless night after a trip to the bathroom using my trusty head torch which revealed that the room was infested with them. Checking out never felt so good.

Posted by edandsuet 06:40 Archived in USA Tagged orlando motel 6 Comments (0)

The Beauty of Disney - Efficiency is an Art Form (1 Good)

Weeks 1 - 3 Weather: Sunny, 30 degrees C, 85% - 90% humidity, lightning storms late afternoon

sunny 30 °C
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Meeting Donald and Daisy Duck

Meeting Donald and Daisy Duck

Americans love Disney and all it encompasses - it is a universal fact; nothing is more American than Walt Disney's vision.

Most Disney visitors at this time of year are home grown and come attired in their favourite Disney costume, Mickey/Minnie t-shirt or donning Mickey ears to show their devotion to the mouse. There are even Jedi Knights wandering around and feeling the force with their light sabre accessories.

Disney is a well oiled machine run by impeccably dressed and well rehearsed cast members, still managing to smile in the heat and humidity even though the thermometer climbed to well over 90 degrees in the shade. There is not a blade of grass out of place and the parks are devoid of any fast food wrappers or stray discarded cups - it is sanitised perfection harking back to a begone era of wholesome schmaltz. Disney is selling nostalgia in the bucket load and extracting every last dime from its guests but I admire the sheer scale and efficiency with which it is delivered.

The prime-time shows are of a West End standard; whether it is the stunningly choreographed 'Beauty and the Beast', the vivid animals performing in 'The Lion King', skilled puppetry in 'The Little Mermaid' or the night time fountain extravaganza 'Fantasmic' that brings together all the Disney characters and songs orchestrated by Mickey himself. One of my favourites was the Pixar Short Film 3D Festival offering that reworks a Mickey and Minnie original black and white cartoon in an enthralling and entertaining way.

Thomas's highlights were collecting autographs and photos from Mickey and co (he managed to track down Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy Duck, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Stitch and Pluto) as well as swapping Disney pins with cast members. Thankfully, I was spared sing-a-long Frozen; Walt Disney was in a benevolent mood that day!

Disney Magic

Disney Magic

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Meeting Mickey Mouse

My New Best Friend!

My New Best Friend!

Posted by edandsuet 06:28 Archived in USA Tagged disney orlando Comments (0)

Living In the Moment

Backpack weighs 15kg - hopefully it will get lighter (either that or I'll get fitter)!

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

If you ever watch MOTD2 (Match of the Day 2 for the football uninitiated), then you will know that it features "2 Good, 2 Bad". Two highly entertaining highlights and then two of the worst low points from the week.

So, to replicate a tried and tested format, I'll be presenting two highlights and 2 not so good moments every week from our backpacking adventure. I'm sure that the next 11 months or so will be eventful!

Living in the moment, being a master of my own destiny and only having the possessions I can carry on my back will be liberating as I'm leaving behind the 101 tasks on my 'to do' list, many of which I never achieve so I'm always setting myself up to fail. I won't miss the constant chasing my tail, the treadmill tedium of real life and routine and waking up in the middle of the night realising that I never did task number 27 on the the list and having a mini panic attack.

I will shortly be waking up to days that revolve around travelling to unknown destinations, understanding a different country's culture and etiquette, sampling local delicacies, relying on the kindness of strangers, finding somewhere to rest my head, scrubbing underwear in a sink and deciding whether to stay or move on.

We won't have any gadgets with us so this is travelling old school style. Just my 15 kg backpack, my daypack and the Year 5/6 curriculum, worksheets for Maths and English plus an incredibly long spelling list.

Wish me luck,
Susan
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