Viva Las Vegas indeed!

What happened in Vegas has to stay in Vegas right? Well yeah. Kinda set you off on a visual imagination of what can be doesn’t it? Just what would have to happen for it to not leave with you…

Now we are not gamblers. In fact, we detest it.

To be honest we expected more. The movies portrayed the casinos to be full of beautiful suave men and sculpted women. The blinking lights in the movies appear brighter and sparkles. To us the actual gambling sites were a little less glitzier than we envisioned. And we could not even find a nickel machine to try our hand! Because they seem occupied day and night.

So why would we spend a whole week – ie full 7 days in Las Vegas? Because there is definitely more to gambling and the flutter of the heart in sin city. Dodging ‘body snatchers’, seeking out free stuff to see and do, gourging on food, shopping and the bright lights… do you recall Percy being lost in the Lotus casino in the movie ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief‘? This city might do the same to you.

Especially if time is not of an essence to you.

Read up here on what we did in Vegas that did not stay there! Did anything happen with you that needs to stay in Vegas? Oops. Did we ask you to share a secret?

Biting pieces of the Apple

There are many blogs and essays on the web about New York City. Plus the instagram photos, snapchat etc. We’ve been privileged to have been to the city quite a number of times over the last many years. But like they say, sometimes you don’t cherish what you have around you, that you see everyday…

Our story on the big Apple is really about some of the differences between when we first visited and recent years. This piece here shares that with you. And since there are so many places and things to describe, we thought we’d separate them into “bite sized” chunks for your to chew on.

What is there to see in each part of town? Well here’s our take:

  • Down Town is so busy! Aside from the finance district, it is also a jump-off point to liberty island, read all about it here.
  • Mid Town is all about skyscrapers it seems. So it should not be surprising to know that our take here on this section of the city would focus on them!
  • Up Town for us has largely been central park. But it is not the only attraction, though today for us it still is. Read all about our exploration of the largest green corridor of the city here.

We are sure you’ve got your own NYC stories to share. What would it be?

Home of the power rangers

Heheh… imagine your congressman in those colorful tights. And those fancy looking face helmets too. Plus the ‘weapons’ they would be wielding striking a pose whenever they are about to dispense with their power rays votes in congress. They would look like clowns wouldn’t they? We assume you know who the power rangers are…

The seat of power has always attracted the moneyed classes. And it would not be any different here in the district of Columbia. Massive emblems of state power had been raised. No effort lost in building a magnificent capital filled with monuments, free museums and administrative buildings. Running a country is big business you’ll know.

And all of these were built from scratch on a patch of land that was neither a settlement nor a strategically held location. Did you know why this location was chosen to construct the capital of the world’s sole military superpower?

We spent a day rummaging through many of the sights on a rainy day. Tried to touch the moon rock, did not stay long enough for the museum to come ‘alive’. Awed by the statues of heroes long past while munching lunch on the go. However decided not to join the protesters in front of the White house.

Reminisce with us here on our short stay in the capital of power. Where would you spend the most time if you were here?

Miami fun machine

Heheh… a spin on the pop group. Gloria should be proud we hope, since she and Emilio both hail from that city. Located in a warm climate, the city has the sun, the sand and the sea for folks to Conga to. Yep. You will read a lot of reference to their songs in this post. Take you time and read slowly or the Rhythm’s Goanna Get You.

Happy Labour day for those who celebrate. We do!

Lest you think it is only Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Boys that roam Miami beach, well let us knock you socks off. WE did that too. In Hawaiian Five-O style… oops wrong beach. But is there more than the beach as they show in CSI?

Of course there are plenty to do in Miami to Get On Your Feet, or in the water. Such as making a drive all the way to the keys. Technically it is not Miami, but hey! You need a base to start from right ok? And Suan certainly did not win the splashing water fight with the dolpins. Got you curious yet?

There is so much to do in Miami. Let’s not have Words Get In The Way… Read here to find out what we did!  How many songs from the pop group can you spot in this post?

Escape from LA

We are sure you remember there was a movie with the same name. The actor in the lead was Kurt Russell, playing the role of the hero saving not just the dame in distress (was she ever?) but also the world… That, dear friends was in 1996. Yes! We are back to our US series.

Did we try to escape from LA in that year?

Well no. That was just the setting to draw some curiosity towards this post. For you see, we were only in Los Angeles for a very short time before getting out of it towards Peru. As you can imagine, the excitement was all about getting to touch south America. Hence we believe you’d understand that we could not wait to ‘escape from LA’.

Did we see and do anything while in LA? Of course we did over the 10 hours that we wre in transit. We saw the mandatory signboard that says Hollywood (though did not take pictures). As if we didn’t know we were there… And we sautered the walk of fame as if we were celebrities in our own right – with our mysteriously large sunglasses on. Did not buy anything along Rodeo drive but we did spend time by Santa Monica strolling along the beach.

Some day we will be back. But for now this is all we did. Read here for what we went up to with just 10 hours in LA? When was the last time you were there in lala land?

A theme park paradise

You might recall we wrote about new theme parks opening (here). Well this one’s not about more of them but the place where quite a few are already operating. Yeah, we are referring to the city of Orlando Florida, where adults can become children again. Or young adults can try to pass off as children… heheh.

Again you will realize that this is a reminisce. Because we have since “graduated” from taking roller coaster rides to cruise rides… heheh. But that is not to say we cannot and do not. Just a preference thing as we gracefully age. One thing was for sure, that is the number of rides in the integrated park (it has grown even more now) will take you literally a week to complete. Of course fast pass would help and back then it was free. Really. We do not jest.

How would you like to be part of the electoral process in the Magic Kingdom? Yup. There was a contest between Winnie the Pooh and Captain Hook. Huh? Both were gunning for the office of Main Street Mayor. Whoever won this prestigious role would mean the difference between visitors being treated sweetly (with honey if he can ever find it) or being rounded up as galley slaves! Aaargh!

However there are no electoral colleges in this case and it’s all by popular vote count. Heheh… And did you think you guessed correctly who won? Did you really thought the honey seeking bear would win against a suave marketeer pirate?

Read all about it here!