Oh Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Hey guys, 
So we’re half way through our week in Canada and it’s going pretty well. 

We had a pretty chilled first day here, just got our bearings and sent postcards home while we were wandering.
The second day we went into downtown Toronto. Did what everyone there calls the second Times Square, Young-Dundas Square (sorry canadian’s if that’s spelt wrong). It was way, way less busy than Times Square, but everyone we spoke to said it was a lot busier in the summer so maybe we were just out of season. 

We also went around the shopping centre, had a look in all the Canadian and American shops. 

Then today was our Niagara day. I’ll do it in a chronological order and come back to the water fall. 

As part of the tour we booked there was a wine tasting session. We went out to a vineyard and tried three wines; a white, a rosΓ© and an ice wine. As anyone I’ve ever drank with can tell you I’m a spirits girl and vary rarely drink wine unless I’m already a little tipsy and don’t care or it’s a really nice bottle with the family where I’m not getting stop sending stupid snapchats drunk (and as most of you also know this is a very low threshold πŸ™ˆ). 

Anyways the White was nice and the rosΓ© drinkable but the ice wine was like nothing I’ve ever drank before. The wine lady told us it was unique before we tried but it really was not what I was expecting, it tasted like gone off salad to me and jam to V. 

I’m not very good at lying because my facials give me away and one of our tour buddies actually burst out laughing at my reaction to the wine. 

Also fun fact (phrase used loosely) our babe of a bus driver told us about how the ice wine is actually made. He was very proud of it because Canada is the largest producer atm. Anyways they leave the grapes on for longer and then in January after three days of between minus eight and minus twelve (if I remember correctly) they harvest them once they’re fully frozen and turn a selection of grapes into wine. Another fun fact note than one type of grape goes into a lot of wines. πŸ₯‚

Also I just mentioned what a babe our driver is and I feel like he deserves his own little paragraph because he was a delight. Full of interesting factoids like the one just share, and he kept us informed all along the bus journey, I know so much about Canada now! and when he was dropping us off and we told him it wasn’t our hotel (because they didn’t collect from the hostel we were staying at) he drove us half the way to where we were actually staying. The only reason he didn’t take us the full way was because it was like nine and he had to be at work for five am the next morning. 

Anyways after the wine tasting we went on to Niagara Falls. Oh my god! They are seriously incredible! Like it’s insane just the view of the falls. And the spray that comes off it, when it’s windy it feels like it’s chucking it down when you walk along the pathway. 

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And while we were there there were rainbows over the falls. I only managed to get the smaller one in picture but it was magical! 


We also went to Niagara on the lake and enroute saw the smallest church in the northern hemisphere. It is legit tiny! 


And now I’m knackered so off to bed! Laters πŸ’–

Until next time New YorkΒ 

Hey guys! 
I know it’s been a few days since the last blog post but New York has been so busy!! 
We’re sat at the bus station now waiting for our bus out so I thought I’d take the time to write a blog and get you all caught up on what we’ve been up to.

On Wednesday we met up with Abie. I went to uni and loved with Abie for a year, because we like to make things easy. πŸ˜‚ 

Anyways, Abie is at uni at Columbia and so we had to go and visit her there. The university is so impressive! Like the architecture is amazing and all the statues and little details like the hidden owls are incredible.


She also took us into their gift shop. I know it’s America but the amount of Columbia mech they sell is ridiculous. There was all the usual tee shirts, hoodies, magnets, caps and mugs. Then of course the American flags (which I got a mini magnet version off and ticked another to do off the list btw). But there was also cufflinks, a nutcracker, a memory stick, speakers and a personalised engraved chair. Like seriously who is buying this stuff?!?!

After that Abie acted as our tour guide for the day.

We went around Greenwich village and soho. Where we visited the fountain and apartment from friends and had another fan girl moment taking pictures of them all. 


We also hit up the cookie dough place that has been all over facebook Dō, and it was amazing!! So much cookie dough and the flavours were so so good! Like I could eat it all day long.

Had a little stroll as well along the High Lines, which is an old overground railway track they’ve converted into a little park. It was incredibly windy up there, and even when we came down because we were right by the Hudson River. But also had some amazing views of the city. 


After that we went to the Lincoln centre, which had welcome in loads of languages that light up on the steps. And we went to the cinema where we watched Beauty and the Beast. Oh my god! I loved loved loved it!!! Totally worth the extortionate American cinema prices. 


Then on Thursday we headed out to Liberty and Ellis islands. Our stupid ticket only gave us a time window of 9am to 3pm but when we got there, nice and early at half nine, we were on a ferry at twelve. But once we finally got out there the Islands were really cool. 

The statue itself was smaller than I was expecting, and the podium it sits on larger. But we learnt a lot about how the statue was built and what was on the island before Lady Liberty took her spot. 

I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Ellis island either as my knowledge of American history is very limited. But learning about the immigrants and what happened to them at Ellis island was really interesting. 


Yesterday was quite a busy day for us. We started off by heading to Ellen’s diner. Which is a diner where loads of actors, in between stints on shows, work and they perform songs while you eat. Where I sat meant my seat was on the edge of this little walkway in the middle of the floor that the singers would go up on and perform. One of whom laid down behind me and stroked my hair while singing πŸ™ˆ. 


After that we went over to the Empire State Building. There wasn’t a big queue like we expected so we managed to get up there quite quickly. 

Such incredible views of the city from there though. You can see all around the city! And of course we had another little movie moment with the whole Sleepless in Seattle scene up there. 

Basically Meg Ryan (lol! πŸ˜‚)

And then we went across to the biggest Macy’s. Eight floors of department store and such pretty clothes!! 

Because it was our last night in the city and Abie had just handed in her master’s thesis we obvs needed to celebrate. So we went for drinks at this cute place Abie knows called The Dead Poet. All the drinks there are named after authors, and are also super strong. 

Subway snapchat

We had a great night though, perfect last night in the city. Abie also introduced us to their amazing fries, they’re cooked in truffle oil and have Parmesan and oh my god are like a little foodgasm they taste so good. 

Now onto today. As you might be able to tell we’re leaving the city in the evening so have had a day to roam the streets. 

We started off by heading to Tiffany’s and after grabbing a cup of earl grey and a New York bagel we had our breakfast at Tiffany’s. Nowhere near as glamorous as it looked in the movie but we had fun looking at the jewellery windows and got doormen. 


After that we wandered round the city; down fifth avenue again, to the rockafella building, through Times Square and around Broadway. 

We also saw Abie again before our bus left. She came to see us off, and we went for tea in Dean and Deluca in the New York Times building. 

Anyways looks like the bus is ready so catch you in Canada! πŸ’–

Still in love with this city

Heya,

I know I said I’d get back on top of the bloggies and it’s been a few days since the last one but it’s all been so busy and exciting here! But hey at least is hasn’t been quite as many days this time and I’ll be more regs from now on.

Anyway let’s get you caught up on the last few days.

On Sunday we did all things Central; Central Park and then Grand Central. In the morning we wandered from one end of the park to the other and then zigzagged inbetween, getting lost/ stuck in the snow several times. The park was also a lot, lot bigger than I was expecting. I’m not stupid, I knew it would be big just not quite as big as it actually is with all its lakes and reservoirs and tennis courts and pubs and statues and even a zoo! 


We also managed to squeeze in the Public Library. Such an impressive build g, although as you know from the Washington post I am Library biased. I loved the little library walk as well with all the literary quotes.


And then we went to tick another thing off the hit list. We went and had a bagel and a cup of tea while we watched the people of New York, and also a lot of hilarious photo taking tourists like ourselves in Gran Central. I’m not sure if it’s just the writer in me but I’m super nosey, in particular I love to people watch and the station was a great place to do this. I could have spent hours, more than the two and a bit we already did, there just watching everyone. (In a non creepy way obvs!) 


Yesterday V wasn’t feeling too hot. Or rather she was feeling too hot and so not up to a full on tourist trail day. So we kept it pretty chill. Went to Times Square and wandered around all the shops. My fav obvs being the two chocolate stores. 


We started off today at the 9/11 memorial. And once again my babbling is insufficient to describe a place to really capture the somber and reflective nature. The memorials were impressive, and the work that the tribute centre still does in remembering the victims is incredible. A place like that really makes you stop and think.

Each of the victims gets a rose on their birthday
The north tower
The south tower
 
This afternoon we went and knocked another item off the hit list (a lot of them were New York specific hence the high hit volume) and went to the Brooklyn Bridge. More specifically we went to the spot from another of Hils movies, A Perfect Man (I know it’s in loads of other shows but y’all know my love for Hilary exceeds them). Where we took a gazillion photos of ourselves and the city. Enjoy them below: 


That’s all for now. Laters πŸ’–

I β™₯️ NY

Hey guys,

So we made it to New York!!! 

We travelled on St Patrick’s day, which was ridiculously stupid of us because everyone was out and at least semidrunk so travelling around with our huge rucksacks was awful. 

But all the people we ran into (some literally) were super friendly and  we made it to our hostel! 

After getting settled, aka ditching the rucksack and dealing with my bus face, we went out for dinner and a drink. Nothing too wild as we both were super tired. 

Today was our first full day in New York. We managed to work our way around on the subway, even with V’s subway app telling us totally the wrong information. And we obvs didn’t look too lost ourselves as one girl asked us for directions. Part of our walk to the museum was through Central Park and it was so pretty in the snow (see below). 


We spent the morning at the Met. It’s such a huge museum, and full of so much more then I was expecting for an art museum. Like their Egyptian section was insane, they even had temples and tombs there.


We then spent the afternoon on Fifth Avenue, and the most time in one particular store. Yep, Barnes and Noble. Still as amazing a book store as I remember! And I was super restrained and only brought the one book. 

Also we have a food list (I know I love lists) and eating a hot dog in New York is on there and we managed to get that done today. 

Anyways that’s all for today so I’ll post more tomoz, laters! πŸ’–

A very white White House

Hey guys,
Feel like I should start with an apology for the lack of blog posts. The internet in Washington was even worse than the internet in Florida, in that it would not even load my app to post properly. 

So it was either write and save a flurry of posts for each day or do a big one for the whole of Washington. As you can probs tell I’m going with the big one. This might turn into a bit of a jumble with the chronology but please just bare with me and I’ll make sure there are pictures to stop it being too prose dense. There’s also an updated hit list at the end of the post again as we managed to knock off a few more items. 

Speaking of flurries I’m squeezing in a little para about the weather right here. We went from shorts weather to scarves weather. It snowed our first night in Washington and was freezing temps for the entire stay there. 
So let’s go back in time to the day we arrived in Washington. The bus journey was split over a couple of buses, which is fine we’ve had plenty of changes along the way. However, the first bus was delayed and daylight savings changed while we were on it, so we missed the second bus. Instead of spending the afternoon exploring Washington we ended up waiting for six hours in a bus station. I don’t know if it’s just because they’re cheap or because they don’t want people hanging around in them (probs a bit of both) but the chairs in the bus stations are some of the most uncomfortable things my butt has ever touched. And sitting on them for six hours is not fun.

But as you can probs tell we made it to Washington. While we were there we did all the touristy things: 

Went and stood outside the White House. And did the visitors centre for it which was actually really interesting. Full of lots of facts.

We also visited the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, and the national archives. The archives have the Bill of Rights, Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. It also had loads of interesting letters, like this little boy who wrote to Regan for federal funds to clean his room because his mum called it a disaster zone. 
The buildings in Washington are all so grand. The Library of Congress was one of the most impressive buildings (although I’m not sure if that’s my love of libraries in general giving me a biased view). All the detail on the walls and ceilings were incredible. 

The Thomas Jefferson Library in the building was also incredibly interesting; all those books that he used. Also weird that a few of them I had actually read.

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There are a lot of memorials in Washington, and we visited most of them. The Lincoln memorial, the Washington memorial, the Jefferson memorial, the World War Two memorial and the Vietnam memorial. 

The Lincoln memorial
The Washington memorial, the fountains were part of the WW2 memorial
The Jefferson memorial
Part of the World War Two memorial, it was too big to get it all in the picture

We also went to Arlington National Cemetery. I know that I tend to waffle about the places we go but I don’t think I have the right phrases to sum up the impact of the place. We obviously visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and JFK’s grave, both of which were equally as impressive though totally different to each other. I think the part that had the most influence on me though was the Women’s Memorial. In particular reading about the wars from their perspective.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
JFK’s grave

And of course we did a lot of the Smithsonian museums! My favourite of which was the National Postal Museum. I got to start a stamp collection, learn about the post police investigations and read a lot of the #postsecrets people sent in. 

Some of the animals at the natural history museum were posed in really weird ways, like this mouse
These are two of the #postsecrets I loved

As I mentioned earlier we also managed to get a few things on the hit list. One of which was to visit a Walmart. The store is like some super version of Tesco, me and V just wandered round in awe and left with some garlic bread and glue for my diary stickings. 

The other major thing that we’ve been trying to get done for ages is cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. The day we walked out to Arlington was the coldest day we had in snowy Washington. And it was also one of the longest walks we had which made it seem even colder. It was the level of cold that made me shiver uncontrollably, in a teeth chattering, can’t get warm way. Anyways after all the cold we decided we deserved a treat and headed over to the Cheesecake Factory for lots of warm food followed by cheesecake, which was delicious! So worthy of being on the hit list. 

Ignore the hair, I have a hat on my head pretty much all the time now and this is what it does

Anyways that’s it for Washington. My first New York blog will be up shortly but until then enjoy the hit list update. 

Here’s the updated hit list:

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

* Walk down the Vegas stripe – tick βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

* Buy a Disney snow globe -not done yet as the one I wanted was huge and difficult to get home in a rucksack, but Disney ship so will be buying once I hit English soil! 

* Wear Minnie Mouse ears for 24 hours 🐭 – done! And I only looked semiweird in them on the bus 

* 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! Apart from Washington as it’s not actually a state but is federal ground so doesn’t have one. 

* Ride a horse 🐎 – done! (Sort of we rode a carousel horse, so it was a horse but I won’t tick it on my year’s hit list.) 

* Line dancing πŸ‘― – I’ve danced my way around a Houston backyard. 

* Eat cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory – yep and it was so good! 

* 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 on the lookout for a place to skate, fingers crossed for Central Park 

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

* Mardi Gras in New Orleans – SO COOL!!!! (See the Nola post for all the deets.) 

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

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

* Washington and Lincoln memorials – done and done 

* Buy some American uni merchandise 

* Take a photo at the Brooklyn Bridge πŸ“·

* Visit Walmart – yep! This store is ridiculous, like a Tesco but more extreme 

* The Grand Canyon – yes and it is incredible

* A ghost tour πŸ‘»– yep, walked round New Orleans listening to a guy tell us all about the spooks there. 

* 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 – we went and saw Cirque Du Soleil while in Florida so this one can officially be crossed off. 

* 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‰ – 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 had lift off

* The French Quarter in New Orleans – even had a little nap in Jackson Square 

* Ride the Hogwarts Express πŸš‚ – yes and it was just as incredible as expected



* The Smithsonian – as you can tell from earlier on in the post we did several of their museums 

* Walk the National Mall in Washington – we’ve walked this several times on our trips round Washington 

* Niagra Falls 

* CN Tower 

Laters πŸ’–

Last magical postΒ 

Hey! 

So yesterday was our last full day in Florida, and we obvs had to spend it in Disney.


We redid some of our fav rides; splash mountain, space mountain, the dwarves and soarin’. 


And we also did some that we didn’t get a chance to last time; like finding Nemo! 

We also strolled round  Tom Sawyer’s island via boat, because Disney love a good boat! Weird seeing the “places” from a story I used to read all the time when I was a kid. 

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Of course I also spent some more money in the gift shop, finally got my ears that I am currently wearing for 24 hours as per my hit list challenge. (Speaking of there’s an updated version at the end of this post.) 

I also got my shot glass for this part of the trip and a cute frame for my Ariel photo so I can remember it even when I’m old and wrinkly! 

We finished or time at Disney by watching the fireworks at Epcot. ✨ πŸŽ‰Which was the perfect ending to a perfect week! 

So the rollercoaster pigtails have left me and I’m wearing jeans because there’s like a twenty degree temperature drop between Florida and Washington. 

Anyways we’re on the bus to Washington now! Just a nice 18 hour journey to read and not be able to sleep on. 
Here’s the updated hit list:

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

* Walk down the Vegas stripe – tick βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

* Buy a Disney snow globe -not done yet as the one I wanted was huge and difficult to get home in a rucksack, but Disney ship so will be buying once I hit English soil! 

* Wear Minnie Mouse ears for 24 hours 🐭 – currently a few hours into this now 

* 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 🐎 – done! (Sort of we rode a carousel horse, so it was a horse but I won’t tick it on my year’s hit list.) 

* Line dancing πŸ‘― – danced round a courtyard in a Texan way so this is totally done. 

* 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 on the lookout for a place to skate  

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

* Mardi Gras in New Orleans – SO COOL!!!! (See the Nola post for all the deets.) 

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

* 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‘»– yep, walked round New Orleans listening to a guy tell us all about the spooks there. 

* 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 – we went and saw Cirque Du Soleil while in Florida so this one can officially be crossed off. 

* 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‰ – 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 had lift off

* The French Quarter in New Orleans – even had a little nap in Jackson Square 

* Ride the Hogwarts Express πŸš‚ – yes and it was just as incredible as expected

* The Smithsonian

* Walk the National Mall in Washington  

* Niagra Falls 

* CN Tower 

Laters πŸ’–

Wet hair, do careΒ 

Heya,
So yesterday and today we’ve been taking a break from Disney and spent the days at Universal.

Yesterday we did the Islands of Adventure and today we did Universal Studios. 

I’ll start with yesterday as that’s the inspo for the blog title. 

Suprisingly enough there’s loads of different lands on the Islands of Adventure. 

We wandered through but didn’t ride anything in Seuss Landing, the rides all seemed geared towards littler riders and we were super keen to get to Potterland (aka Hogsmeade).


We did return to the Lost Continent (the land between Seuss and Potter) later on in the afternoon and watched Sinbad do some stunts and save the day in his show. 

We also popped into Poseidon’s “lost” shrine and did a little interactive walking tour around said ruins. 

Anyways onto Potter. As most of you know there are four things I really love; Hilary Duff, chocolate, Disney and Harry Potter. The Americans have ruined chocolate for this trip with the weird way they make it so it tastes nothing like English chocolate so I’ve not been able to fully enjoy that. Also spotting Hilary on the street in a totally different state to where she lives is a very unlikely aim. So I’ve been buzzing for Disney (and loving it as you can probs tell from the last few posts) and Potter at Universal. 

They’ve split the Potter part between the Islands and Studios so they could get the Hogwarts Express to go between the two. So yesterday we did the Hogsmeade side, there were shops like Olivander’s and Honeyduke’s, where we obvs both got a chocolate frog and a box of our fav wizard sweets (fudge flies for V and fizzie whizzbees for me). 


There are also three amazing rides that side of town. There’s the Flight of the Hippogriff which is a mini rollercoaster, I’m calling it mini because it basically lasted a minute. There’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which whizzes you around with jumpy out stuff to really make you scream. But for that one you’re like in a bench thing as opposed to a rollercoaster. The third ride is two rollercoasters called the Dragon Challenge. It’s basically two different colour rollercoasters that go really fast and upside down. Loads of fun! Even V who doesn’t really like them enjoyed it! 

Ohh and for some of the rides where they’re jolty or upside down rollers they give you lockers to put stuff in. For the Dragon ride they also make you go through one of those metal detector things they have at airports to make sure you don’t have anything on you. 

Almost forgot, we went to the toilet in Hogsmeade and they had Moaning Myrtle chatting away in there. Just the voice not a character – that would be weird. 

After Potterland we went to Jurassic Park. Where the main ride was closed, but we got to take some photos (because I know how word heavy this post is becoming) and both geeked out and got a Jurassic Park tee. 


They have a lot of rides here where there are screens telling and showing you stuff to make them more of a story than you just being bundled on a vehicle that shakes around and squirts water at you. (Don’t worry there will be a whole section on water later that will explain the title. I won’t forget I promise!) 

Anyways some of these story telling rides have 3D elements, by which I mean you have to wear glasses not that they really move, which is pretty obvs. Skull Island, the King Konng ride was our first experi car of this. We also did the Spider-Man ride in Marvell Island which did a similar sort of thing. As I’m super jumpy these rides really made me scream (although I’ve discovered I scream on most rides; big terrifying drop rollers, jumpy bumpy Ines and even sitting in a stationary seat 3D movie ones). 

After Kong was Toon Lagoon, where there are two water rides. Now when me and V imagin water rides it’s like the log flume at Wickstead Park or even Splash Mountain in Disney World, where you get a little wet, maybe your shirt even changes colour. This is not what the lovely people at Universal think.


As you can see from the above photos we got absolutely soaked. Like wring my shirt out and still feel like it just came out a washing machine soaked. And this was on both rides! In the end we had to buy a dress/trousers just so we could be comfortably dry enough to go on the other rides. 

And by the way almost every ride here has some kind of water sprayed at you. They do not warn you of this either. Go on Kong, Spiderman, Hogwarts, even the sit down show things like Shrek and the Terminator spray you with water. And none of them have warnings or even put in the ride descriptions that they will get you wet! 

After being drenched we entered Marvel, ate an American lunch. (They are super patriotic here, like I expected them to be proud of their great America but the extent to which they actually are is insane!) Anyways lunch was a burger and fries, which you can get anywhere, and a shake which was actually amazing (didn’t go for chocolate for obvs reasons). 

We also ride the Hulk rollercoaster, which involved a lot of loop the loops and a super speedy start – super fun! Even if it did make the thin strap on my top snap. 

Now onto today and Universal Studios. We started off on the Islands side so that we could ride the Hogwarts express across. Total fan girl moment sitting in a carriage exactly like the ones you see in the film and watching the countryside whizz by through the window (it’s a screen not the actual view). 


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Once on the Studios side we headed to Diagon Alley. Again some awesome shops, but I managed to hang onto my money and not spent any more. 


They also had Knockturn Alley, and it was just as dark and creepy as in the movies. 

After wandering around and basking in all the magicness (well aware this isn’t a real word but as you can probs tell I’m typing how I talk) we went on to other lands.

We did a load of the 3D simulator rides including the Simpsons one and Transformers.

We also watched some 4D shows; Shrek and the Terminator.  

And they we doing a soft opening of the Jimmy Fallon ride through New York, who V loves, so we got to do that as well. 

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And I almost forgot. We met Daphne and Scooby!


And I think that about sums up our adventures in Universal. We’re off to Disney World for our last day so I’ll babble more tomorrow! Laters πŸ’–

New friendsΒ 

Heya guys, 

Prewarning this will be another photo heavy post. 

We did Epcot today and it was super fun and informative and with all the flowers so pretty and colourful. 

They had displays of plants that looked like characters all around the park. Enjoy the following flurry of pics:



We also made a load of new friends, and I got to hang out with fellow icy lady Elsa! 


It was weird meeting Mickey and his pals though, all the “human” characters spoke to us and we had little conversations with them but because of the costumes Mickey etc just used hand gestures. They also all kissed us which was odd. Anyways enjoy these photos too:

We also walked around the entire park, part of which  designed to be like various places in the world. Of course me andV didn’t pass up the opportunity to be photographed in various locales so enjoy our Venice and Paris poses.

Part of the world exhibit was designed to look like England as well. Or at least the old Disney version. When we realised England was in the park I was so helpful for some Yorkshire tea or pudding, there was a Twinings store but no Yorkshire tea for me. And the British food they had was fish and chips. Which was pretty good but no Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes. 

And of course all the tourists were taking typical British photos so we had to join in. 


We did a few rides while we were at Epcot as well, there aren’t many to do there as it’s mainly looking at thing and interactive games, but we did some of the coolest ones.  

We soared around the world on Soarin’ which had incredible graphics you tiled around in front of this screen which took you all over the world. 

In Spaceship Earth we did a little tour of technology through the ages and got a weird little video of our future, see screen grab below. 


We also went on Mission Space which was this “flight training” ride for astronauts. Which was insanely fun, even V enjoyed it despite the multiple warnings getting her a bit nervy for it. 

Then this evening we went to Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba show. So impressive how strong the acrobats are. Especially the ones who do the ribbon twirling in the sky stuff. There was also a man who held and spun a woman about from a strap in his mouth (really need to ask dad how that is possible without him destroying his teeth). 


That’s all for today. Laters πŸ’–

Wet hair don’t care

Heya, 

As promised there are less pictures today as we spent most of it at Blizzards Beach and my phone doesn’t mix well with water.

Pre ride picture when we look like total beach babes πŸ˜‰

But the water park was super cool! We went on a load of water slides we could race each other down first. With carpets on our tummy and in the awkward rubber rings (which for some reason they call tubes here, v weird I know). 

We also went in the wave pool and floated round the whole park on another of those uncomfortable to get into floating rings. 

There were two big water slides at the park. V has a fear of falling and has managed to do all the rides at the other parks because she was strapped in to stuff. The water slides not so much. And this meant I had to do them solo, but V got to watch me ride and scream my way down Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher, and work on her tan! 

Slush went up and down with mini hills as you dropped so felt a bit bumpy and meant you got a lot of splash to the face. 

Summit is a 90 foot drop. And I’m not exaggerating when I describe this, but when you sit in the bit at the top where the life guard tells you the rules of the ride, yeah when you sit there you can’t see the slide going down it just looks like a sheer drop. Slightly terrifying but my friendly life guard told me “you got this” and off I went. V checked my speed on their little speed-o-meter and I got up to 42mph on the slide. That’s faster than I’ve ever ridden my bike! 

After all the slide we looked slightly dishevelled

After the water park we still had some hours to kill before our shuttle bus so we went back to the magic kingdom. (There are going to be some photos in this next bit but I’m trying not to spam with them.)

We did some rides we didn’t have time to queue for yesterday that had seriously long queues. Like the dwarves ride that we waited two hours for, and Peter Pan.

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We also got to shoot some baddies on the Buzz Lightyead ride. 

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And after helping Buzz save the day we went over to Monster’s Inc and helped them with some laughs to power the city. (I’m repeating myself I know, but if you told me when I was a kid I would be doing all these things little Abby would first have been disbelieving and then would have been ecstatic  that big Abby got to do all these super cool things!) 

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And of course we had to have a night time photo outside the little mermaid castle.

 

Ohh and to finish off here’s a beauty and the beast photo we took yesterday. 


Laters πŸ’–

Magic kingdomΒ 

Heya, 

Me again! And again I have a tonne of pictures and some videos as well for you to enjoy! Don’t worry they’re not all of princesses.

We did the Magic Kingdom today. It’s incredible, like I thought I just loved Disney and the other parks were amazing but this one is just mind blowing! 


Guess who we ran into at security again? Yep, our friendly security man Victor! He made sure me and V had our Disney smiles on. 

After going through security we enjoyed loads of the rides, see pics below:

Take note of this particular photo, it was when we were crammed into a space pod for one of the rides and I was basically lying on V because we had to keep a seatbelt around us both. 

Some of the mannequins on it’s a small world and the innovation carousel were hilarious as well. Look at the was this guy holding a fan! 

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I ticked another thing off my travel hit list as well, I rode a horse. Sure it was on the carousel but I’m pretty sure it’s the closest I’m going to get on the trip after we were unable to find any in Houston so I’m ticking it off this list and I’ll find a real horse for my main 2017 list. 


And I fulfilled another of twelve year old Abby’s life goals – chatted with Ariel! That girl (I know it wasn’t the real little mermaid, and I all do not really believe in mermaids) was so pretty, and she stayed in character the entire time. I really wanted to ask if her hair was real but didn’t want to upset her or the kids waiting to see her.


After Ariel we also ran into her father and Sebastian. 

We also took a load of other pictures. (Even if you don’t want to look at them keep scrolling, there’s more words I promise!)


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And then we discovered the highlight of the evening (Ariel is obvs top highlight of the day but she was in the am). We found a Disney dance party with the Incredibles. I danced with Mr Incredible. And now you can enjoy the photos and videos from that. (There’s not many words afterwards so if you’re getting sick of my bragging feel free to dissapear now.) 

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​​​​​As I said before this place is seriously cool and we are loving it! Off to the water parks tomorrow so I’ll post an update then, doubt that one will have as many pictures so feel free to hit it up if you like my words more than my face! Laters πŸ’–