Houston hit list update Β 

Hey guys, 

Sorry it’s been a couple of days. We had a few busy days and late nights followed by some lazy ones. 

So after posting Wednesday we ended up in the garden until two, just talking to some of the others in the hostel and drinking wine. But more importantly I line danced! πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ okay so it wasn’t proper line dancing, it was copying this girl who was crazy good at all the steps. And my version looked slightly more Irish jig because I’m too much of a bouncer. But still I did it so it’s being ticked off the list. Me as V even did one of those twirls they do.

On Thursday me and V went off to the zoo. We didn’t get there until midday though so a lot of the animals had already eaten and were on the nap stage of their day. 

But we did see a few baby animals, including this super cute anteater and it’s baby! (I never though I’d think an anteater was cute either but look at the picture.) 


After the zoo and the late night dancing we planned on having our pasta and going to bed early. We went up at 5am. 

We got caught up talking to people. One of which was a babe of an American who I got to use my American accent on! Apparently my American is more of a valley girl voice but still I did it! She practised her English with is as well, which was way better than my American. 

Anyway after our super late night we ended up having a bit of a lie in and then going to the last place in our city pass, the children’s museum.

You do not want to go to the children’s museum without children! We had our id’s checked had to get a special sticker for while we in the museum and a manager had to come and approve us for entry. 

And after all that we spent half an hour in the place, it is obviously just for kids! 

Anyways, we’re on our bus to New Orleans now! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸŽ‰ 

 Here’s the latest version of the hit list:

* Talk to an American in an American accent – see above. I’m pretty fluent in the valley girl accent. 

* Walk down the Vegas strip – done and done! 

* Buy a Disney snow globe

* Wear Minnie Mouse ears for 24 hours 🐭

* The Statue of Liberty πŸ—½

* Eat American smores (we made our own on list year’s camping adventure) – we have had pop tarts in smores flavour but are keeping our eyes open for the real deal

* Eat the state food in each state we stay – so far we’ve managed this! 

* Ride a horse 🐎

* Line dancing πŸ‘― – definitely, totally, maybe done this. 

* Eat cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory

* Have pie and coffee in a dinner (full disclosure I do not drink coffee so this will be pie, a sip of coffee then a gallon of tea) β˜•οΈ – apparently if you add salt to coffee it takes the bitter taste away so might try this with actual coffee
* Roller skate around Somewhere – still not found any roller skates although I did see a post for skating back home so may have to do it when I get back to England 

* Bet in Vegas – I’ve officially placed a bet

* Mardi Gras in New Orleans – on our way πŸŽ‰

* Visit a Hard Rock Cafe – even have the tee shirt to prove it 

Ignore my face and admire the top

* Bungee jumping – I’ve ziplined but yet to find a bungee jump 

* Washington and Lincoln memorials 

* Buy some American uni merchandise 

* Take a photo at the Brooklyn Bridge πŸ“·

* Visit Walmart

* The Grand Canyon – yes and it is incredible


* A ghost tour πŸ‘»

* Watch some kind of sports game

* See the Bellagio fountain – such a cool fountain show, and we did a little oceans 11 photo shoot 


* Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

* Supersize a macdonalds πŸŸπŸ” (me and V will be sharing this) 

* Spend an afternoon in Barnes and a noble

* Watch a show 

* Photo at the Vegas sign – we didn’t make it out to the one on the strip because it was roasting hot. But we did do it at the downtown sign in Fremont.


* Empire state building 

* People watch in Grand Central

* Central Park 🌳🌳 

* Find a LA cap like Hils in Cinderella Story – as I’ve spammed everywhere with pictures of this you probs all know about this one already. 

* Alcatraz – I have been to the rock 

* Ride a cable car in San Fransisco πŸšƒ – tick! βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

* Visit the 9/11 memorial 

* Visit the Golden Gate Bridge πŸŒ‰ – photo evidence below! It’s like one of the thing every tourist does but there’ s a reason for that; the views are spectacular! 


* New York public library 

* M and M world (chocolate heaven!! 🍫) – been there and made some friends 


* NASA space centre πŸš€ – we have lift off


* The French Quarter in New Orleans 

* Ride the Hogwarts Express πŸš‚ 

* The Smithsonian

* Walk the National Mall in Washington  

* Niagra Falls 

* CN Tower 

It’s historyΒ 

Hey guys.
So I know my NASA post was picture heavy but just to warn you today’s is going to be as well. 

This morning I had to get up early for an interview (Skype), not that I really got that much sleep anyway. We had two super noisy roomies last night both getting up before 6am! Nerves for the interview didn’t help either so I’m sure I’ll be crashing later tonight. 

Anyway after V woke up and we showered ect we set off for Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

Just a quick digression here. We have been walking to and back from most places that are an hour or under, so a load more walking than we usually do. πŸ‘ŸπŸ‘ŸWhich suprisingly we’re really enjoying. Although that may be because the weather we’ve had (apart from three rainy days) has been absolutely gorgeous! β˜€οΈ We’ll get to the cold weather in Washington in a few weeks and be moaning about walking places.

And back to what we got up to today. So we arrived at the museum and it was basically like a natural history museum with some sciencey stuff. 

There was a dinosaur timeline which had Dino skeletons, ridiculously life like models, and fossils.




After that we looked at some of the animals they had there. Some of which moved, the bird in particular made me and V shriek in fear. I know I squeal a lot in life generally but V doing it too should show you how freaky it was! 
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We then went through exhibits on human history. The Mayans, the Ancient Egyptians, the Amazons, and loads more I can’t remember the exhibit names of.
And we finished up with some shells, fish and precious rocks. I’ve always loved shells on the beach, and some of the specimen there were incredible like they had one or the largest snail shells ever.


That’s all for this post. In a while crocodile πŸ’–

NASA πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€

Hola! 
So today we went to the space centre. It’s seriously cool there!

Like there’s so many exhibits and things to look at. 

Pretending to be astronauts

Then you get to go on a tour where they show you mission control. The mission control room where all the Apollo missions were monitored. 

They had all the successful missions on the right wall
And the two unsuccessful ones on the left

Another one for the celeb hit list as Tom Hanks was the last actor to stand in the viewing room (where we were allowed to look at mission control from) so we probably/definitely stood on some bit of carpet that he did as well. 

And we also got to see the training centre where they train the astronauts as well as develop the robotics side of things (see robots below) 

 

This one is not a robot but an astronaut

Almost forgot, as part of the exhibits you get to touch a bit of moon rock and a bit of rock from Mars! I know super cool!! πŸš€πŸ—» 

And of course we hit the gift shop! I have a super cute NASA tee. 

That’s all for today, we’re about to cook dinner so catch you on the flip side! πŸ’–

Houston we have arrived

Hola amigos! 
I was too exhausted to post yesterday and two days of writing about how uncomfortable the buses are, how annoying it is when they make you get off the bus at some of the stops and just the fact I only slept for about six hours of about the fifty hours since Thursday is pretty boring. 
Anyways we’ve finally made it to Houston, where btw it is very hard to find either a horse to ride that isn’t out on a ranch in the middle of nowhere that we can’t reach or a line to dance in. Anyways we’ve caught up on sleep, although the two hour time difference is messing with us slightly. 
Today was our first full day in Houston. It rained. Like soaked through jeans, need a cup of tea and a radiator when we get in rained. But as we’re in America I haven’t been able to find tea as good as my trusty Yorkshire and as it’s like 20 degrees plus for the rest of our time here there was also no radiator. Instead I had ice cream and a couple of blankets wrapped around me.
We started our city pass thing today as well. Kicked it off by going to the aquarium! Where there were some really cool fish (see below), frogs, amphibians and for some bizarre reason also a white tiger. I have no idea why there was a tiger in the aquarium, a tiger which incidentally was all alone and looked a little sad to us (might just have been tired from the huge lump of meat it had eaten though). 



After going around the aquarium we also got to go into the stingray reef and stroke (not sure if this is the right term for it) the stingrays. They feel seriously weird, all slimey and smooth at the same time! 
Ohh and the hostel were staying in here is super nice, it’s an old mansion they’ve converted so full of southern grandeur and charm. 


That’s all for now, laters ‘gators πŸ’–

On our way to AmarilloΒ 

Hey guys! 

Sorry it’s been a while since the last post, we got caught up enjoying our last few days in Vegas. 

So since I last wrote we returned to the strip and visited all the places we missed on our first trip out there. This included the grande canal shops, the Hard Rock Cafe (repping one of their cool tees right now), and both M&M and Hershey’s worlds! 

Being there a little later we also got to reenact the Oceans 11 scene at the Bellagio fountains.

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After that we had a pretty chilled day at the pool, enjoying the sunshine and also catching up on chores. 

I seem to constantly be unpacking to find something and then repacking and trying to fit everything in my rucksack. 

Anyways we also did our washing. Wrongly assuming that this weird white stuff in the bottom of the machine was washing powder. It was that fake snow stuff! πŸ™ˆβ„οΈ So our clothes were covered in it! Luckily we managed to follow Swift’s example and shake it off. 

Then today we enjoyed Fremont Street. We got photos under the sign (we were going to so the main strip one but it’s miles out and it was like 26 degrees), watched some street performers and FINALLY placed some bets. I know it took forever but we did it in the end.


And now we are about seven hours into a 39 hour bus journey to Houston. Currently sat on bus two of four that we got on at 3am local time and will be getting off at 5pm, in Amerillo. I know like the song! 🎀

Anyways I’m exhausted so going to try and sleep now! Catch up with you in Houston! πŸ’–

Frustrated on February fourteenth

Urgg!!! So today was a mixed bag; started off well, fell to pieces in the middle and ended up pretty well. 

We had a pretty relaxed morning after our grand hikes yesterday. 

We meandered down Fremont to the greyhound station to get our tickets printed. 

Two face to face chats, four phone calls and five emails later we FINALLY got it sorted! We’ve had issues with the ticket between Vegas and Houston since V’s pic crashed before we could print it but when we spoke to them online they said to go to the station and get it printed it was just because it was so far in advance. So today we figured since we didn’t have anything major planned we’d do that. The station couldn’t print it so we had to call customer services, the first person I spoke to literally did the bare minimum she had to. We were told to rebook the tickets online and call once this was done and they would refund us within seven days. This in itself was frustrating enough because it wasn’t an error on our part but there’s, and nobody likes paying for something twice. But I get it, having worked in call centres for the last four years I understand there are limits on what you on the phone could do, and at that stage it was annoying but at least we had been told the process.

But no. We got back to the hostel to book the tickets again and they have doubled in price. Obviously we didn’t want to pay that much without making sure that we got a full refund of the new amount so on the phone I got again. Where I was told that the refund would be on the original amount and not the new one. However, because I’ve worked in call centres I know there are thing that customers say and you have to get it escalated and dealt with as quickly as possible. 

After waiting half an hour for a promised call back within that timescale I received an email to say that they couldn’t call my number because it’s English and that we would need to call them on a different number to get this resolved. A number which didn’t work! 

Back through to customer services we went. To be told they would escalate it again but there may be the same issues but to call the number on the email, even after I explained the number didn’t work! 😩

Anyways I replied to the email myself and  explained the situation for what felt like the hundredth time and finally got it resolved! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ 

A reply to the email came within half an hour with our tickets attached and we hadn’t had to pay anything. And thank god our hostel was kind enough to print the tickets out for us! 

I seriously do not understand why it took that long and that much effort for what seemed to me to be a pretty simple and logical solution to something that was their mistake, but at least it’s finally sorted. 

I did feel bad for the people I spoke to though, I wasn’t rude or anything like that just really assertive about what I wanted and how they were failing to live up to expectations. Which I think V and the guy on reception at the hostel found amusing, especially because I am usually giggling or dancing my way through the lobby. 

Anyway after the afternoon was wasted on sorting our tickets out me and V headed out to take some cringey Valentine’s Day photos (see below). And I finally got the pasta I’ve been craving for about a week now! 🍝 


The hostel recommended an itailian restaurant so off we marched to get some cheesey garlic bread and linguini. Stupidly we forgot it was Valentine’s Day and we didn’t make a reservation anywhere, so we turned up to Chicago Joe’s and they were fully booked all evening. πŸ˜”

But Joe was a total babe, he managed to squeeze us in between his reservations, fill my stomach with amazing pasta and even gave us a rose each! 

Anyways that’s all for tonight, sorry it was a bit of a rant! πŸ’–

Up in the airΒ 

Hey hey! 

Sorry I know I’ve missed a couple of days with the blog but it’s been super busy, which means by blogging time (just pre bedtime) I’m exhausted and just crash instead. 😴

Anyways as I said we’ve had a busy few days so let me fill you in.

On our second day in Vegas we got the bus to the strip (we’re staying in Downtown Vegas, so super close to Fremont street, but like 30 minutes on the bus from the strip). We only managed like half of the strip because it rained and we were just in shorts and tees, and also because it was all so so HUGE! 

We saw the Mirage, went window shopping in the forum at Caesars Palace, explored the corridors of the Bellagio as well as watched its impressive fountain show, walked down the mile mall and hit all the Paris tourist spots in under an hour. The Eiffel Tower viewing platform was closed when we visited so we didn’t manage to go up, but we did sit in the casino below.

The forum shops
Paris on the strip
The Bellagio lobby ceiling 😍

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We also tried to visit the Hard Rock Cafe but ended up walking out to the hard rock hotel, where the cafe is no longer located! πŸ™ˆ but on the plus side we now know where it actually is for when we go back to the strip. 

We didn’t manage to get a photo at night outside with the Bellagio fountain, but we did take some pretty cool selfies/ photos of each other. 

Vicky and one of the Caesar head chairs
A blurry selfie from one of the fountains in the forum
In the Bellagio’s Chinese New Year garden
Outside Paris
During the fountain show
Both of us pretending to be president
Yesterday we went back to Fremont street  and did some souvenir shopping. And I did the zip line down the street. πŸ™€  Thanks to V being mildly terrified of heights I had an excellent camera woman to catch it all on film. See below:

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​Then today we got up super early, it was supposed to be five but our roomie  kindly set her alarm for half four then repeatedly snoozed it for us so that we got to be awake even earlier. 😴😴

But why were we up so early anyway I hear you ask, well it was because we had a day trip out to the Grand Canyon. πŸŒ„ 
Our coach driver said on the way out that you can’t describe it properly to someone who hasn’t already seen it themselves. He’s right. We took loads of photos as Ron (the bus driver) also suggested, and you can see a selection below, but they don’t do the place justice. It really is imense and something you have to see for yourself. 


We also drove past the Hoover Dam on the way back. Pretty dam impressive!! Sadly I didn’t manage to get a photo as it was the other side of the bus. 

Anyway enjoy the photos we took below. It was the perfect way to spend Galantines day with my travel buddy! πŸ’šπŸ’›

Ellie and Tilly also enjoyed the views
FYI the next few will be pretty cheesey tourist shots

That’s all for now πŸ’–

Waking up in VegasΒ 

Heya! 

So it’s been a pretty chilled day today. We had a lie in, which was needed after the bus journeys.

After our lie in and planning of what we are doing each day, according to most people we’ve met a long weekend is enough for Vegas and we’re here for eight days πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚ but I think we’ve got filling the one pretty much sorted now! Anyways after this we headed up to Fremont Street, which is basically downtown Vegas’s version of the strip.

We drank a super large alcoholic slushie each, which gave us green tongues.

    

Visited a lot of the shops and casinos. And ran into the chippendales who gave us some beads and took a photo. Sadly we did not purchase the photo but here’s a pic of me and V with our beads.


And then when we got back to our hostel we went for a quick dip in the pool (freezing cold) and a nice soak in the hot tub. 


Laters ‘gators πŸ’–

Vegas baby!Β 

We made it!!! 

I’m not going to lie, our first experience with the Greyhound buses was not great. Our 11pm departure from San Francisco didn’t even arrive until gone 1am the next morning! 
While we were waiting a man had a full on seizure and the emergency services arrived to take him off. It was pretty scary stuff but the paramedics knew their stuff and the guy was talking when they wheeled him out so he will hopefully be okay.

After our two hour delay from San Francisco to LA we of course missed the next bus to Vegas. Which meant waiting around in the LA depot for two hours before we were able to catch the next available bus. Finally made it to the hostel a little after six this evening.

Also we thought we’d be so clever and save on accommodation costs by doing buses overnight. I slept for maybe an hour on the first bus  and half an hour on the second! I feel exhausted but an earlyish night and lie in should sort me out ready to party on the strip tomorrow.

And the upside to being awake for most of the ride was the spectacular views I got to see out of the window.


I’m going to shower the stench of bus off me and hit the hay! Laters πŸ’–

Updated hit list

So as some of you keeno readers might have picked up on me and V have managed to knock a few items off our hit list! πŸ‘πŸΌ 

Here’s the latest version:
* Talk to an American in an American accent – I’ve been practising and either V’s got used to my mangled attempts or I’m getting better, and will soon be ready to speak to an actual American

* Walk down the Vegas strip

* Buy a Disney snow globe

* Wear Minnie Mouse ears for 24 hours 🐭

* The Statue of Liberty πŸ—½

* Eat American smores (we made our own on list year’s camping adventure)

* Eat the state food in each state we stay – managed to eat some rice here so California’s ticked for this one 

* Ride a horse 🐎

* Line dancing πŸ‘―

* Eat cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory

* Have pie and coffee in a dinner (full disclosure I do not drink coffee so this will be pie, a sip of coffee then a gallon of tea) β˜•οΈ

* Roller skate around San Francisco – I have been unable to find either a roller skate hire place or somewhere we can actually buy them. This may be due to the size and gradient of the hills around here but we may be able to roller skate elsewhere. 

* Bet in Vegas

* Mardi Gras in New Orleans 

* Visit a Hard Rock Cafe 

* Bungee jumping – again not sure how easy this will be considering all the jumps we’ve been able to find are a good few hours drive away from where we’re staying but we’re working on it! 

* Washington and Lincoln memorials 

* Buy some American uni merchandise 

* Take a photo at the Brooklyn Bridge πŸ“·

* Visit Walmart – also have not seen one of these yet, but it’s only the first state so there’s time yet! 

* The Grand Canyon 

* A ghost tour πŸ‘»

* Watch some kind of sports game

* See the Bellagio fountain 

* Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

* Supersize a macdonalds πŸŸπŸ” (me and V will be sharing this) 

* Spend an afternoon in Barnes and a noble

* Watch a show 

* Photo at the Vegas sign

* Empire state building 

* People watch in Grand Central

* Central Park 🌳🌳 

* Find a LA cap like Hils in Cinderella Story – wearing it as I write! 

* Alcatraz – I have been to the rock 


* Ride a cable car in San Fransisco πŸšƒ – tick! βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ


* Visit the 9/11 memorial 

* Visit the Golden Gate Bridge πŸŒ‰  – photo evidence below! It’s like one of the thing every tourist does but there’ s a reason for that; the views are spectacular! 


* New York public library 

* M and M world (chocolate heaven!! 🍫) 

* NASA space centre πŸš€

* The French Quarter in New Orleans 

* Ride the Hogwarts Express πŸš‚ 

* The Smithsonian

* Walk the National Mall in Washington  

* Niagra Falls 

* CN Tower