Grrrrr I've been back a week nearly now (sad face, I miss my adventure compadres) and I haven't had a good nights sleep since I returned! I'm blaming Jet Lag but maybe my body is fighting against this non-air filled bed, because they were really comfy - No I'm being serious they were ace! I'm … Continue reading Jet Lag… Arghhhhhh
Today was the last day, day 17. So after taking a while to wake up after the previous nights drinking we went to get an extra suitcase - yes I had that much extra stuff to bring back I had to buy a bigger case! Then the laborious task of packing began. But it was … Continue reading Homeward Bound (The Immigrants Return)
Today we said goodbye to Angela as she was heading back a day before myself. We headed over the bay bridge to drop her in Oakland as she was spending the day with an old school friend then going to catch her flight later on in the afternoon. We said goodbye, gave our hugs and … Continue reading Day 16: The First Farewell… And the Last Hurrah…
After all the merriment and frivolity of last night we had a pretty chilled day today. We got up quite early considering, and headed off to Monterey to go to the aquarium. This was straight after heading to the place where the most amazing bagels are made. Nom, nom, nom! Monterey is a seaside town … Continue reading Day 15: Big fish, Little fish, Cardboard box
A chilled day was had (minus parking drama) this morning was Crepes and a manicure for me and pedicures (again) for the girls. The manicurist commented on my dodgy nail! Then we went to hit the museums, but we hit them on free Wednesday. The queue was immense we'd have been in it for like … Continue reading Day 14: Taking in the local culture…
Napa time baby! Today was tge day for the wine... And boy did we try a lot of wine. First off was Mumm where we tried that Carlos Santana "champagne" which I'm sure any fans of The Lonely Island will love. And it's goooooood! We tried 6 sparkling wines there and had a look around … Continue reading Day 13: Valley of the Grapes
Well, well, well San Francisco is a sight - That's a positive statement! We started off the tour today courtesy of Melissa with a nice view of the city from one of the higher points it's very different from the other big cities I've been into on my travels. The Bay and Golden Gate bridges … Continue reading Day 12: Breakfast at Tiffanys and a night with the BFG’s
So after a nice stay in LA and Long Beach we had a nice chilled breakfast then set ourselves on our last leg if the great pilgrimage... It's been amazing driving the country I'd recommend it to anyone the west coast is stunning and has so much to offer and it's not as expensive as … Continue reading Day 11: Road Trip – Last leg (Long Beach, Malibu, Pacifica)
Santa Monica Pier was the first stop on this whistle stop adventure of southern California. I got my picture taken Forrest Gump style outside of Bubba Gump Shrimp co. Yes it is a real restaurant chain it was created after the movie was made. I was a total tourist, I was stunned by everything I … Continue reading Day 10: Road Trip (LA in a Day – Santa Monica Pier, Runyon Canyon, Beverley Hills, Hollywood Blvd)
Hi I'm writing this from Angela's laptop, I do have 2 blog posts written and ready to send but for some reason the internet is playing up on my iPod and I'm too lazy to rewrite them on here - so I'll post them when I get a good wifi connection. But just in case … Continue reading Slight Delay!
Well Southern California is totally different to Oregon and Washington, it's hot, a little deserty looking and my god is it hot. So you catch my drift... The drive down was about 6 and a half hours, and we only hit traffic on one section of the 405. But on the way we literally flew … Continue reading Day 9: Road Trip (Sacramento – Long Beach)
Hiouchi is a hip hop and happening place, it's got a Gas station, a Motel, a Cafe and a Wood Carver and that's pretty much it. We had breakfast at the cafe and then headed off to explore the Redwoods. We dropped in at a place called Trees of Mystery but upon arriving found out … Continue reading Day 8: Road Trip (Hiouchi – Sacramento)
Today's adventure along the Oregon coastline began with a pancake breakfast at Pig n Pancake. They're a chain that is only in Oregon state but god do they do good pancakes! It filled us up for most of the day. Our travels took us on a nice relaxed adventure following the 101 down to our … Continue reading Day 7: Road Trip (Lincoln City – Hiouchi)
Well yesterday was eventful! We picked up the car at 7:30 courtesy of a lift from Josh. It's a Toyota Corolla with an upgrade of a Sat Nav (they didn't have the one we requested so free upgrade!) After some nit picking about small scratches and dints so I don't get charged extra at the … Continue reading Day 6: Road Trip (Seattle – Lincoln City)
This morning we dropped Melissa at the airport for the second leg of her journey until we meet again in Pacifica. Her flight unbeknown to us all was delayed, otherwise she probably could have come with us to today's final Seattle based adventure: Wolf Haven Due to Angela finding out I loved wolves yesterday she … Continue reading Day 5: Dances with Wolves and Dinner with Fish
Ok so today was crazy full - this morning we did Breakfast, not the artery clogging typical American... Sorry United States, not American as American is not a nationality for citizens of the US - private joke... Breakfast but still a damn good breakfast. We had cherry mimosas (a pitcher of, we keep it classy … Continue reading Day 4: Taches on
So after the Cabaret at Can Can, which was Awesome we went to the Hard Rock for tea... This late tea and alcohol consumption plus late night nattering and putting the world to rights made us a little bit late for our excursion. By like literally minutes, but when your catching a Ferry that kind … Continue reading Day 3: I’m on a Boat
This morning Melissa and Angela went to Zumba. I however took the option of having a lie in. But after they got back from their energetic stint at the class we had a quick breakfast then took Lulu (Angela's dog) out to Gas Works park for a run. As weird as it's name suggests, that's … Continue reading Day 2: Gas Works Park whilst riding a Duck.. Not as crazy as it sounds…
Ok guys, so today I lost my pedicure virginity. And I have nicely teal painted toenails... Good god was I ticklish! But that was a nice way to start the day, post Angela's yummy breakfast. Then off we went to Maltby city. Now for those of us in the UK city may seem a bit … Continue reading Day 1: Pedicure virginity lost, Maltby City lunch and Redhook Beer…
11:02 Ok so I'm waiting in the departure lounge at Newcastle airport... This feels familiar! 21 minutes till they open the gate for my flight and basically there are only so many times you can be attacked by the perfume sellers and the random person who decides I look like I need a credit card … Continue reading The Immigrant’s Journey
Well I'm now on the last leg of waiting. It's days now till I fly and good golly gosh am I excited. I packed yesterday, but am going to have to re-pack tonight now I think - you know when you think you need everything but the kitchen sink, well it looks like I even … Continue reading Flight Info – Check, Passport – Check, Brain – Check?
Well it's getting nearer to adventure time, one more working test before I go and a few more weeks of work then off I fly! I'm going to have a Skype session with Miss Blemker some time before I go just to catch up and finalize bits and pieces but otherwise it's all going to … Continue reading Time’s a ticking…
Wow, it's seriously only 3 months until I'm on my flight out to the USA. Scary or what, that seems to have flown over. So that means I need to sort out my money, bank cards (in case of emergencies, which after the rig-ma-roll with the hotel room in Nova Scotia I think is pretty … Continue reading 3 months tomorrow till the big adventure!
So as the countdown continues it has dawned on me - am I ready? I know all the paperwork is sorted, my passport and flights and things are done and dealt with. But there has got to be something I've forgotten to do/sort/figure out? I'm trying and trying but I cannot pin what it is! … Continue reading Not long now… But what’s left to do?
Travel insurance is, although essential, an annoying necessity. Most of all because I HATE small print. If it's that important why don't they actually make it in massively huge text so that 1. You can actually read it and 2. You know exactly what you're getting. I'm twisting mostly because there are loads of cheaper … Continue reading So in case of death – Repatriate!
The decision has been made - we're travelling on a wing and a prayer. Yes we're figuring it out as we go... The general plan is sorted. Arrive in Seattle, go to see Angela and get her to get her tour guide hat on. From which point various outings to Vancouver, a Winery and seeing … Continue reading Who’s for a Cuppa?
Today, because I'm a citizen from one of those lucky countries that the US doesn't deem to require a VISA to enter the country, I filed and was approved for my ESTA (Electronic system for Travel Authorization) into the US, and what a random lot of questions. But because I don't have a mental disorder … Continue reading No, I’m not a Spy…
Well the more intense planning stages are about to commence. That's right folks the real pricing has begun and jesus, it's going to be expensive but worth it!! So far I've got my travel costs down, that's right down to £1200, but considering how much I spent on my expedition last year that is nothing. … Continue reading Slowly, Slowly, Catchy, Monkey
Route Plan, USA 2011 Yes that's right folks - I'm doing the US of A in 2011, travelling from Seattle, WA to Las Vegas, NV via San Francisco, CA. The whole trip should take about 3 weeks, so a nice long holiday this coming year. Driving all the way baby, yeah! I'm going to visit … Continue reading West Coast – America 2011