Florida USA

Trip Start Oct 2004
Trip End Oct 2005

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Sunday, October 2, 2005

East Coast of The US

We arrived into Miami airport just before 11pm. Although we were a day late it was a great feeling to finally be in Florida. We picked up our hire car after a little hassle but no real drama. We drove to our hotel on South Beach. As it was a Saturday night so the locals were out in force, waiting to get into the many clubs along the main strip. We checked in to our hotel once again without hassle (god bless America) and headed into town for a swifty. It was after one by the time we were sitting in the Irish bar having a beer. We didn't last long before we headed to bed. The weather wasn't great on the Sunday. We agreed that the only proper way to see the beach was by roller blades. We hired them from a biker shop and headed down to the beach, without fail as soon as we but them on the heavens opened. It rained on and off for most of the afternoon but we still roller bladed. Later that afternoon we headed up to Orlando. It took us 3 and a half hours to get there.

We were able to find a fantastic motel on international drive. We were up and ready the following morning for a fun filled action packed day "American" style. We decided that as the weather looked quite good we would spend the day in Typhoon Lagoon, one of 2 water parks in Disney. The park was reasonable quiet so we were able to do all the rides in the morning, we stopped for lunch and then went on all the rides again. We were both pretty tired by the time we got home, we went out for an "all you can eat" at one of the local restaurants and hit the sack. The following day was another action packed day, not necessarily a dryer day but action packed none the less. We spent the day in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, which is the theme park next door. We had a couple of down pours and got soaked on some of the rides, so it was another damp day. Universal studios definitely has the wow factory, its just amazing. Once again we timed it just right, the park was practically empty and the longest we waited for any ride was 15 minutes. The rides in the theme park are based on movies such as "The Hulk" an "The Spiderman" all gut wrenching. We really did have a brilliant time in Orlando. It was fare to short but time was getting on and we needed to head to the Keys, the most Southern tip of the USA.

We spent the following night just south of Miami so that we could hit the Keys early the following morning. By mid morning we reached one of the first major Keys, Key Largo. We stopped in at the Sheraton Hotel for a dip in their pool and Jacuzzi, before continuing South. We made a visit to a bakery claiming to have the worlds best Key Lime Pie. We sampled a slice, not bad at all. We eventually reached Key West at sunset. It was over cast by this point, so we didn't get to see a world famous sunset. We spent a little time exploring the town before driving back to the main land and to back to our Motel. The next afternoon we flew to Boston.

Our flight was delayed by a few hours so we only got to Boston Airport at 9ish as apposed to 5pm. Just our luck, we didn't book any accommodation and it was the playoffs for the world series baseball in Boston, so all hotel, hostel and motel were fully booked. After about 2 hours of phoning around we found a hotel, a little out the way, but vacant. It was an old colonial style hotel that also had dorm rooms. It was pretty pricey but we didn't have much option. It rained constantly for the four days we were in Boston. So we had a few wet days of sight seeing. We visited Harvard University and the Original Cheers Pub. We spend one of our afternoons in Gap, so Catherine could buy the whole shop whilst I sat outside the changing rooms. We walk the Freedom Path, which is a red line painted around the city guiding you past major historic sights. The weather brightened up for most of our walk before throwing it down again on our way back to the tube station. After a soggy few days we headed to New York our final destination on our world adventure.

We took the bus to New York from Boston. It took just over 4 hours, this was the first time we got to sit and do nothing since we arrived into Florida. After arriving into China Town we caught the subway to our Hostel. Once again it was out of the way but it saved us loads of money and was in a quiet suburb so we were able to escape the hustle and bustle at the end of the day. Unfortunately the weather hadn't improved since Boston. It was overcast and rained on and off the entire time we were in New York. It didn't dampen our spirits but did prevent us from going up the Empire State Building and getting a good view of The Statue Of Liberty due to bad visibility.

Before we knew it our time in New York had come to an end and that meant that our travels were also coming to an end. I can't say it really sunk in before we left New York that it was now over. It still hasn't sunk in as I'm writing this. We have looked at our world adventure as just the beginning of a life times adventures.

We flew back to Heathrow from JFK. It wasn't really the end. We planned to go back to South Africa as soon as we could, firstly to recover from traveling but more importantly to visit my parents and to bore them with all the photos. So I boarded the next plane to South Africa, which left the same evening. Catherine planned to spend a couple of days with her parents back in Rochdale before flying out to Cape Town to join us. Talk about jet lag..........
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