Florida, USA

Trip Start Dec 31, 2006
Trip End Jul 31, 2007

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hi! Wow, have things changed quite a bit since I last updated this! We left Brazil having had an excellent Carnival experience and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to go.
An easy night flight and we landed in Miami. We'd had the brilliant idea whilst in Auckland to book a car but hadn't really thought through the implications of picking it up from the airport at 4am and driving on the other side of the road in a strange city. Thankfully we got a PT Cruiser which was very straightforward, the roads in Miami are very quiet at that time and even given that I sent us off into oblivion a couple of times we did make it to South Beach for breakfast!
South Beach was fantastic and I can safely say that, despite what I thought, they don't use colour filters on CSI Miami, the sea really is that clear and that blue. We had a huge day mucking around South Beach. It's a historic Art Deco area so has some beautiful buildings and a gorgeous beach. We wandered along the marina and Matt dreamed of boats he could own.
The following day we took the car and drove down the Florida Keys. They're a lot more built up than I was expecting but when we got to Key West at the end it was lovely. A very touristy place and lots of frat boys drinking their own body weight in beer, but nevertheless it was nice. We even had key lime pie, and now Matt's a convert! We're having to track it down everywhere we go and we've already started to pack on the weight we lost in South America!
Then it was the big slog up to Orlando and here we are. We're staying in our time share which is really interesting. I keep calling it 'Mc-holiday' but Matt says that's unfair. It's a great place, three massive water parks, four golf courses, a load of bars, restaurants, etc. There are 2,300 rooms here and each sleeps 6 or more people, so we're grateful it's quiet here right now. We think we're the only Kiwis, but there are lots of Europeans and, of course, lots and lots of Americans, mainly from further north as they escape some of the worst of their cold weather. Sensible people, it's lovely down here!
We went to Kennedy Space Centre which satisfied the inner science geek in me and convinced Matt (yet once more) that he wants to go into space. We also went to Universal yesterday when Matt rode all the rides and I took photos!
We were going to go to Disney but today we took the day off and stayed at the complex and wondered why we'd ever leave again! There's an olympic sized pool and around 6 people in it at any one time. We're planning on staying there for the rest of the week. Matt's also found out that he can hire clubs, attend a swing coaching seminar for free and get out there, so I suspect the Mouse House will have to wait for next time!
We're both really enjoying being in America. I had forgotten just how nice Americans are. Everywhere we go people stop to chat and we've spoken to some lovely people. I also really liked how the restaurant we were in the other day actually cleaned up!! We'd become a bit immune to such things in South America, but we're reaping the benefits of good American hygene!
It's Washington DC on Saturday which should be awesome. Catch you later!
Sasha and Matt
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