It'sLeigh.

Around the world in 159 days

21/02/14
Epcot & Bubba Gump

20/02/14
Sea World

20/02/14
Sea World, Orlando.

20/02/14
Sea World, Orlando.

19/02/14
Universal Studio, Orlando.

19/02/14
Universal Studio, Orlando.

18/02/14
Islands of adventure, Orlando and the dreaded turkey legs which held so much promise to be so mouthwateringly delicious and satisfying but turned out to be a very big anti-climax. We had been seeing people around the park all day with these huge turkey legs the size of an average human’s forearm and had been sucking in their tasty smokey flavour as it wafted from the stalls.  

18/02/14
Islands of adventure, Orlando.

17/02/14
After arriving at our Super8 hotel quite late on via Taxi Shuttle (after we had eventually dropped pretty much everybody else off - of course!) we collected our keys from the receptionist hidden behind a little glass hatch at the entrance and slowly, like tired children dragged ourselves, bags in towe up the stairs and into our new home for the next several days. We were of course delighted to see a pristine double bed EACH waiting for us, accompanied by other luxuries such as kettle and tea/coffees.

18/02/14
Islands of adventure, Orlando.

16/02/14
Our last day in New Orleans before catching our Southwest flight to Orlando in the evening. The stodgiest breakfast we will ever eat in our lives at the renowned Clover Grill - which turned our stomachs purely from how saturated it was in fat and grease.

15/02/14
The first of the Mardi Gras Parades from Krewe Du Vieux. We ate Poboys (a sub type sandwich) for tea afterwards.

14/02/14
Today was Leigh’s birthday. Since we slept at a silly time the previous afternoon we both found ourselves awake at 3am and hungry. Googling any places that would be open at such a time, we felt as though we had struck gold finding a pizza place that was not only still serving but still delivering. We rang and ordered a pepperoni pizza to be delivered to us at the hotel which about 30 minutes later was dutifully received. Having sufficiently messed up our sleeping pattern from being so ill, we then tried to sleep for a little longer but awoke at around 6am absolutely parched. Needing something to drink desperately, we donned the nearest clothes and headed out towards the clover grill, a rather famous 24 hour eatery where we ordered two lots of the biggest drinks we could - a sprite and an orange juice. We would have drank the tap water but after reading on the internet the presence of a brain eating ameba just a few months before, we decided this was a better option.

13/02/14

Waking up, groggily, we managed to get ourselves up and ready briskly to check out and catch our shuttle bus. Fortunately, we had managed to book onto the return shuttle to the airport at very late notice (we knew we had to give 24 hours notice, but even being on a call was too much for us to manage the previous night). Waiting for the bus outside the rear of the hotel, in the cold with all of our belongings we questioned whether we were in the correct place as the scheduled pick up time had been and gone by about 15 minutes. Leigh ran inside to ring and check and was relived to hear the driver was lost and to stay where we were. Minutes later, we were both concentrating very hard in the moving vehicle making sure neither of us would be overcome with that sick feeling, which may have been induced more by the motion. Safely arriving at the airport with everything, our last meal still intact, we steadily made our way through the airport security and into the main area where the consensus was to get food. After Leigh ate a miserable excuse for oatmeal, we moved on in search of pizza (as most people naturally crave at 5:30am) but really struggled to find anywhere that was selling it at such a time. Finally, we located a nice smelling bagel place which sold a favourable compromise - a bagel dipped in pizza sauce with cheese in the middle. By this time, it was time to board our first southwest flight of the day which would take us to Houston, with our final destination being New Orleans. We had been told by the ground staff that we could definitely make it to Houston, but New Orleans would be a pending until we got there given that there was a huge storm present in and around that area. Feeling still very delicate at this stage, uncertainty over whether we could actually get to our hotel was not something we needed, at all. Nevertheless, as always we picked ourselves up and soldiered on with hope. Boarding separately, it was up to Becky to grab two seats anywhere she could, given that this airline doesn’t allocate seats (even though it would make more sense to!). After finding each other on the aircraft, we sat down to indulge in our pizza bagels whilst enjoying the company if our neighbour, Jeremy, who’s opening line was “Yo girls don’t mind if I go ahead and take a selfie now do ya?”, to which of course we encouraged. Landing in Houston, we had a short layover before we were back on board for our flight to New Orleans. When we eventually arrived, it was about 4pm and we were ready for some sleep already.

12/02/14

Really incredibly ill for the whole day… Neither of us could stop being sick and were not able to eat/drink anything without it coming back up. After sleeping, we knew the only fix would be to get food and keep it down. Making the mammoth effort to refrain from purging, we strolled over to Macdonalds for a bite to eat.
Finally, we managed to get back to the room and eat, both feeling better from having something in our stomachs but full of dread knowing it was 12am and our shuttle bus was collecting us that same morning for the airport at 4:15am.. And we still had to pack!

11/02/14
Arrived back at the hotel following the helicopter ride home over the Las Vegas strip where we proceeded together with Ruben to the premium outlet mall once more - buying goodies for those at home this time.
Following a loss of $100 on the tables in the casinos the previous night, the decision was made to attempt to win this back by a daring move on a roulette table, placing another whole $100 on one colour hoping it would come up and double our total. Feeling extremely anxious, we went ahead and placed the bet, to our astonishment we actually won!

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