Welcome to the second post of my Floriday series! You can check out the previous one, which was the day before the flight when we spent at Bewley’s hotel at Manchester airport.
So, the first day of our holiday started early. We checked out of the hotel at 8am and went to the ariport. Then we went to Frankie and Benny’s for breakfast, I had eggs on toast and a white coffee.
We had a little look around the shops and then sat down and waited to bored the plane. It seemed to take ages to set off!
The flight wasn’t too bad, we set off around 11am. It was 9 hours but didn’t drag as much as I had expected! I spent the first 4 hours of it on my Macbook writing two blog posts to post in the next few weeks. I then watched a boring film called the Golden Compass, then I bought some wine and watched Frozen while getting drunk and cried at DEM FEELINGS Frozen gave me. By the time that was done it was basically time to land and work on acting normal.
The food quite good for plane food. The main meal was a pasta with chicken in a tomtato sauce with cheese on the top, some cheese and crackers and a chocolate and caramel dessert. A few hours later, they served a light snack of a scone with jam and cream.
It was fun. I wish I could sit down on my laptop, watching films and getting drunk while people brought me food all the time. The only thing that would have made it perfect was wifi. And a catheter.
We landed and it took AGES to get through customs. There was a security guard who started asking Christine why she pierced her lip and nose. He told a story about when his daughter pierced her tongue and it was a mixture of funny and scary!
Did you know they question you when you go through customs? I was asked how long I was staying in America for, why I was here and who I was travelling with.
After I was accepted into the United States of America (woo), we got our transfer to the hotel. We spent the trip peering out into America and taking it all in. I could not believe how many big trucks Americans drive! Also the amount of U-hauls there were. I saw my first school bus and had to take a photo of it!
We stayed in the International Palms Resort on International Drive. It was a great location and had free wifi, which I instantly connected to while talking to man checking us in, naturally. We had 2 rooms, both with two double beds so we each had a whole double bed to ourselves. The room had a microwave and a fridge. The safe was free too and fit my Macbook in, which was a relief!
The hotel also had a pool, a shop, a restaurant, a pool bar, normal bar, a small arcade and alligators.
The First Night
We got changed and decided to go for a walk for some food. It was around 7pm Florida time, which was midnight UK time so I was exhausted!
We walked up International Drive to see what was around. There was a fairground opposite our hotel, we saw a 24 hour dentist which offered botox??? and a cool American car.
It really struck me how touristy it all was! I don’t know why, but I didn’t expect it to be like that! There were gift shops selling the same things everywhere, it was kind of like Blackpool. But hotter. And nicer. And cleaner. And better.
We saw Denny’s and decided to stop there. For some reason we couldn’t find the door and walked around the whole place like nobheads. Ha. We finally found the door and went inside. It was FREEZING. This was the first of many things that confused me about America. Having to wrap up when you go inside somewhere, and strip off when you go outside is just bizarre. The contrast between the outside heat and chilly inside of shops and restaurants was massive!
We shared some nachos as a starter. They were probably the nicest nachos I’ve ever had! I had a bacon burger for my main which was okay but had a sweet sauce on it which I wasn’t keen on. I couldn’t eat the whole thing anyway!
The service was a bit strange and it was something I never really got used to. We asked for the nachos as our starter, when the waitress brought them over, she said our mains were ready and to let her know when we wanted them – this is something I’ve never come across before! Then she kept coming up to us and asking if we were ready from them which made me feel a bit rushed. When she brought the mains over, she didn’t clear the starter plates.
Throughout the two weeks there were multiple times of plates not being cleared, or not being cleared at the same time and it just was.. weird. I don’t get the sense behind it! Why not clear everyones starter plates together, then bring the main all together? Can any American’s shed any light onto this?
After the food, we went to the supermarket and got a few bits for the hotel room. I got some massive cans of beer! They were almost a litre! We then went back to the rooms and had a drink, the girls played cards while I dicked about online.
So that was the second post in my Florida series. I have loads more photos and adventures to share, so look out for upcoming posts about Disney, Universal Studios, Seaworld and shopping hauls!
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