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Day 24: Yosemite National Park aka I hate long bus rides

We woke up super early today to go on our Yosemite National Park tour. We got picked up at 6:50am from our hostel and once again, I passed out until we finished picking everyone else up, we booked the tour with Viator for $135 per person, but we ended up with an Extranomical Tour. The bus ride was 5-6 hours with 1-2 stops, we saw Sequoia trees, they are AWESOME, the oldest living things on earth, it’s as thick as a building, and so tall! We took photos with it and then went off to Yosemite Valley, the place is SO beautiful, you feel like you’re in a picture, you never see things like that in Sydney! We also saw the Yosemite Falls and had an ice cream Sunday. Most of the day was pretty much spent on a bus and sleeping… so nothing much to report today.

When we got home I watched a Ben Stiller movie and a Will Ferrell movie! I am slowly but surely getting through these movies. I think I passed out pretty quickly, it was a tiring day, bus rides are no fun, I think we spent around 12-14 hours on a bus today, we got picked up first and dropped off last, UNFAIR.

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Look mum, I’m in a postcard!!

K. 

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Day 22: 4th of July Celebrations & our new Chicago friends

Our plans:

  • Fisherman’s Wharf to check it out. Success.
  • Get super drunk with Hostel for 4th of July Celebrations. Success with drunkness, unsuccessful with socialising with hostel people.
  • Watch 4th of July Fireworks. Success, though I don’t remember much of it.

Not particularly ambitious plans eh, but we did well, the goal was to have fun and it was a super fun day.

Fisherman’s Wharf was so packed when we got there, we ate at Pier 39 Market Restaurant or something, had oysters, clam chower, fish and chips and a strawberry lemonade, the Clam Chowder was in a sourdough bread bowl. The star was the COMPLIMENTARY sour dough bread rolls with butter, omg, divine, maybe I was just super hungry, but I could eat those all day long.

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I love sourdough!!!! (Taken with Instagram)

We spotted a 2 Hour Tour Bus that takes you around San Francisco for $25, so we hopped onto that after lunch, 4 guys from Chicago hopped on too and started talking to us, we found out that they were all from the University of Illinois, are our age, and are here until Monday! We met Roy with the Shaggy Hair from UOI, Steven, Clarence and Kyle!

 We ended up talking to them throughout the entire ride. We went to Alamo Square, Union Square, around North Beach, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The bus ride is COLDDDDDDDDDDD, wear lots of long stuff, we went smack bang in the middle of summer and we were freezing like no tomorrow. The bus driver was super funny but I didn’t tip in the end, I felt so bad but I didn’t have ANY change on me, I know, what kind of person goes on holidays with no change? I don’t know.

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City Hall

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Hi mom! I’m in a postcard!

We ended up hanging out with our new friends for the rest of the night. First stop was O’Reilly’s Irish Pub (after unsuccessfully looking for a bar for about 1 hour around the area, FAILWHALE), I downed 2 long island iced teas while Anna refused to drink more of her drink, it was pretty foul, I have to admit. I don’t remember much of the rest of the night… aside from short flashes of memories of running into a Chinese restaurant to pee, going into a different chinese restaurant to eat (New Sun Hong Kong….), watching fireworks while a super annoying guy stood next to us and pretty much had commentary for the entire 30 minutes of the fireworks, all of us wanted to punch him. We walked back to our area and ditched our new friends, kind of regret not getting their contact details; they were SUPER nice and seemed like great guys! I do remember spending the entire night picking on two of them and insulting them. Nothing new there.

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Roy is the guy in the checkered red shirt

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Fireworks!

OH, I remember something else now, I was mocking the American accent but sounded like a total valley girl. I was trying to teach Roy how to say water, “no, say it like you would say WAR, and then WATER”… fail. We explained to them what “heaps” means… I’m sure there were tonnes of stupid stuff I missed.

Maybe if I’m lucky, Anna will bother to come and blog about the missing parts of my night, she was sober, I can’t remember half my night. Bwahah.

K.

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Day 19: Disney World

The plan was to go to Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom today. We were meant to catch the 8:15am bus and come home at 10:30pm. We woke up at 7:00am and decided that we would much rather catch the 11:15am bus.

I will say this now; we managed to go to not 2, but 3 Disney theme parks in one day! I also have a shorts tan from walking in the sun so much.

Hollywood Studios

There aren’t many fun rides here for adults; we were only here for the TWILIGHT ZONE: TOWER OF TERROR ride, it is actually different to the one in Japan – this one is better, it’s so good that we went on it TWICE! It’s the summer holidays in the states, so there were heaps of little kids everywhere, which resulted in the wait time for the Tower of Terror being like 10-20min, since the kids would always go to kiddy rides. Luck was on our side. I highly highly highly recommend going on this ride, twice.

We also went into a Disney Animation show, which was really cool (to me at least), we got to watch how Mushu, the dragon from Mulan, was animated and concept art for the characters from the new Disney movie BRAVE. We also got to see a lot of concept art for the castles, forests and cities used in Disney movies – all were so amazing and make me wish I was better at drawing/painting/illustration, it’s really something magical!

We then watched Beauty and the Beast on stage, this lasted for about 25min, they sang a few songs and danced and it was pretty entertaining – Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie!

There wasn’t much left to do that interested us, so we took a ‘friendship boat’ to EPCOT, this took roughly 25min and we were sweating bullets, it was nice to be on a lake and see the different hotels though.

EPCOT

EPCOT is a theme park centred on different countries from around the globe; they have certain areas that are modelled completely after a country. There is also a ‘futuristic’ area where they delve into technology/space/stuff but we were too lazy, so didn’t go. It doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as the other parks, but it is worth going to, every country area is made super realistic and they only employ people from that country to work there – e.g. in Japan, only Japanese people were working for it to be more authentic, it was amazing, I felt like I was in Japan again because there was a Mitsukoshi there and pretty Japanese buildings!

Anna and I finished EPCOT in 45 minutes because we only explored the countries that interested us (not many), it was also hot as hell and we wanted to get to Magic Kingdom; we took a monorail to the transportation area, and then another monorail to Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is where the beautiful Disney Sleeping Beauty Castle is, it’s gorgeous and I take photos with it in the background every single time I go to a Disneyland, I really had to resist the urge not to buy another set of Minnie Mouse ears, I already have 2, from my 2 separate trips to Japan. Le sigh. I am happy to report that I walked out of Disneyland with nothing 😀

We only went here for SPACE MOUNTAIN (we went on it twice too), the first wait was 50minutes, but before we went on it, we went and got a fast pass. Everyone needs to get their fast passes for their rides – saves you so much time.

Next we went to Haunted Mansion, which was a nice tour sort of ride through a haunted house; it’s really similar to the Nightmare before Christmas ride in Universal Studios Japan. We also wanted  to go to Splash Mountain, but the line was 70minutes and we had a bus to catch home in like 50min.

We decided to go to Pirates of the Caribbean, no, I decided to, because I always like to go to it. It’s a 5-10 minute boat ride around caves and pirate areas, it’s really quite cool, and you see a Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow lookalike here and there. Oh, forgot to mention that the machine malfunctioned halfway through the ride, we bumped into the boat in front of us and both Anna and I were thinking “HMMMM SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT”, the boat stopped and then 5 minutes later,we were still sitting there… with about 5-6 boats behind us. Then the voice-over comes telling us that there has been a malfunction and that the ride will be re-booted and it should start shortly, we were stuck for about 15 minutes. Well, we did need a place that had seating and was air-conned, we got our wish I guess. We managed to learn the Pirate song from that little trip, it was playing over and over and over, if I hear that song again, my head will explode… Ho ho ho ho, the pirate song for me… *mumble mumble*

So there we have it, 3 theme parks in one day for $138! We also managed to slide in a little adventure at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride!

K.

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Day 17: Sawgrass Mills

Supposedly the 6th largest outlet in America, we had high hopes coming here, there’s almost every big shop you can think of, but we left with our wallets intact! Thankfully so! I only bought a carry-on luggage with 4 wheels (so so much easier to travel with, and you can fit more in it than in those silly Sportsgirl bags, you know, the copy-cat Oroton ones). I also bought lunch from Tony Roma Express, ½ baby back ribs with a big fat sweet juicy corn cob for $8.99, my jaws dropped, I will go back to Australia as such a tight ass, unhealthy food is so cheap here! Anna ate some Taco Bell (HAHAH DODO, YES, SHE ATE TACO BELL!), it was less than $7 for a taco, nachos and a drink – whaddup, so cheap.

Anna bought a bag from Kenneth Cole and some items from GAP, my gosh, Kenneth Cole at that outlet WINS, the bags are so so nice and are leather, it was discounted from $200 to $60 – I’m sure they retail for more than $200 in Australia!

We ended up leaving earlier than expected, so we made it for the free dinner from the Hostel. Chicken and rice, edible, but not the best, but it’s FREE, so whatever, they have free breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day.

http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=1262
12801 W Sunrise Blvd  Sunrise, FL 33323

You can book a spot on a bus directly from most of the places you’re staying at or just do a quick Google search, we paid $25 for a return ticket each – we also kept forgetting to tip the bus driver, oops.

Anyway, that’s all. We didn’t do much. :/

K.

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