Back to LA and now on my way to San Diego and then Miami and Orlando

Well you already know the adventure I had so far in USA on my trip to Los Angeles (LA) and Las Vegas so far. If not then here is a link to my adventurous travel including hitchhiking from Las Vegas to LA : https://talkingexperience.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/los-angeles-to-miami-a-journey-full-of-adventures-including-a-very-unplanned-hitchhiking/

Now here is the rest of my travel in North America with some more stories and fun things –

It was a fun ride back to Los Angeles. If you haven’t read about it then please do have a look at my hitchhiking adventure which wasn’t planned but somehow happened during my trip in North America.

Now it was time to visit beautiful San Diego and I was all excited to see some of this nice place I had head about after all. I didn’t get to visit most of it as I was there for one night and half a day only after getting to LA so late the other day. But I did get a chance to shake a leg in the pub there and also visit the maritime museum there. It was lovely to see this place I had heard about so much. And then soon it was time to head to Miami for New Year.

It was a bit sad to say good bye to my friend in Los Angeles but few things you got to do after all you are on the road and you never know whom you are going to meet on your next stop. But I love travelling for that reason as you have instant connection to people on the way and you have those precious memories in your  heart afterwards. Now my first sight of Miami was the foggy morning and the bus stand where I waited for 15-20 minutes for the bus to go to Collins Ave on North beach. Now I felt better that I booked my accommodation in a nice area. There were big hotels all around and it was 10 minutes walk to the beach from my hostel. I walked to  Miami beach in order to get some food and choose to walk by the beach to do some sightseeing as well on the way. So many people were running and I felt a bit out of track after watching them pass by every now and then as I guess I still need to work on the exercise part when I go travelling other than walking of course.

Soon I was in Miami Beach and now I chose a beachside restaurant. If you are not strict then the people from restaurant can be a bit pushy to ask you to come-in and buy food there. I end up getting my breakfast at one of the joints after walking past few places. It was nice to finally have some food after the long flight. Now I was all set to see the place again but I end up going shopping in a shopping mall there and after clothes I did buy some food as well. Now I was loaded with so many shopping bags that I had to put them down to wait for the bus. The bus system is good in Miami so don’t worry if you like to commute the local way. I love riding the busses and trains as it gives me a feeling as if I am local. But remember not everyone speaks English there so if you are not equipped with Spanish then it might take a while to start chatting with the locals.

Now it was time to celebrate New Year the next day. First I went to the so called famous mall that everyone tells you to go called – Aventura Mall, Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL, United States. It was a good and a bad thing. Bad that I spend the whole day walking and shopping there and good that I did buy some nice clothes. But yes if you live in Australia then you would certainly appreciate shopping in States as the clothes are more fashionable and affordable hence I could not let this opportunity go away from me. In the evening I went to attend a hostel party in Miami beach which went very good after I met many people and also a couple from France. I had one of the best night with these people celebrating the New Year’s eve dancing and more dancing as I didn’t drink….Cudos 😉  Yes I did it..I didn’t drink at all on this trip.

Next day I had some more time to relax and go to this awesome museum called Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Address: 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida 33129, United States). To get there you would have to take a bus to Downtown Miami. And if you are at all interested in art and history and architecture then this is a place to be. I loved the whole day that I spend at this place and took a lot of pictures as well. After that I took a tour to go to Orlando the next day to visit Disney World. It was really big, so big that you have to take busses or train to get from one park to another. Soon after I returned from Orlando, it was time to head to the airport as I had an early flight so I chose to stay in the airport for couple of hours rather than sleeping in and missing my flight by any chance. This was very long flight as I was supposed to catch another plane once I got to Los Angeles from here and then to Sydney from there. It was going to be a long flight I thought but wasn’t quiet ready for the bumps on the way yet to come.

Funny enough I had an interesting night in the airport as I was totally wet from the rain in Orlando and my shoes, cap, jeans, jacket and few other clothes… everything was super wet so I had to now dry them all to reduce the weight of my luggage and still keep it as carry on. Now if you ever tried to dry anything in the drier in the washroom other than hands then you would know what I am talking about. It took me four hours to dry everything and it gave me a chance to talk to the lady cleaning the place as well. It must have been weird for her to see the door of the washroom closed for sooo long and hear the drier. I know I have this was not something people do but I had nothing else to do in the airport anyways although it did make me laugh thinking what all things I can do at desperate times….LOL. Anyways you always remember such things so I don’t regret now.

Another stop was at Atlanta where we were supposed to change planes. I soon had a heavy breakfast after de-boarding the plane which I regretted soon as it was way too heavy for my stomach. But soon I realized that it was a good idea to have some food as we were stuck in Atlanta for next 6 hours now due to the weather conditions. Storm was coming from New York and all the incoming flights were either delayed or cancelled. After 3 hours I started to get worried now as I had to catch another plane in Los Angeles and that too with different airline with no insurance in case I miss the flight. Zeez it started to get a bit scary as every hour passed. I started to loose my nerve now after almost no sleep last night and waiting in the airport for so long. I soon went to get another boarding pass (this was fourth in a row) and made a joke to some one standing near the machine while getting the boarding pass. I was almost into tears but then this guy made me feel better by talking to me about the whole situation and about my travel in USA. Some times I guess just the human touch can do wonders. And that’s what I felt after I talked to him after being so frustrated. Finally we boarded the flight. Once I got off the plane in Los Angeles, my friend there came to visit me and we went for dinner before my next flight back to Sydney.

 My friend then dropped me back to the airport only for me to realize that after all this travelling (day and night), I had forgotten the actual date of my flight and was in the airport a day early. My god, jetlag and lots of planes with no sleep can do that to you I thought. But I was lucky as the lady at the desk pre-poned my flight and got me on a plane the same night due to the cancellation of lot of other incoming flights.  And I was able to come to Sydney on Sunday rather than Monday morning just before work. It was really good as I did need to take some rest before I could go to work again. Pffff…so this was my journey to USA, first time in the main land other than Hawaii last year. And I can say it was hilarious, scary, emotional, adventurous and fun. Nothing that I every thought of but for the best. God Bless USA 🙂

Warm Regards,

Kavita

Bucket-List 2013 : Start learning Spanish

New year would bring a lot of happiness and lot more adventures to come to all of us I pray. I have been troubled, happy, sad, hurt, amused, peaceful and anoyed this year. But it wouldn’t stop me from saying that this is one of the best year of my life so far. No matter how many times my ex and his girlfriend tried to attack this serinity, no matter what all problems occured in life, but with amazing friends, family and specially all of you, I have been able to get through everything and now its time to celebrate 🙂

Here is a link for my bucket list if you haven’t read it yet.

My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

Item #1: Start learning Spanish

Also the first item on my bucket list was to learn Spanish. Even though I havn’t mastered it yet as I started really late on this and I think I should have reversed ny bucket list as I started somewhere from bottom and most of the items are finished if you read from bottom to top. I have started learning Spanish a little bit and I would include this as long term goal in next year’s bucket list as well. But I think its fun learning a new language and after doing 6 months certification in German language its been years and years since I have tried another language other than few words that I learn whenever I visit a new place. But I would keep you posted on my progress and soon I want to go to South America and Spain hence I better learn this language properly 😉

10 cuisines from 10 different countries in Less than two months

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Item Number #13 – Try at least 10 different cuisines

Finally I have done it. Yes, it was awesome to try 10 different cuisines in less than two months. It felt like living and breathing the culture for the moment when I was in these restaurants as I went for traditional places and traditional dishes. Even turned myself into non-vegetarian and it was worth knowing the real taste from these many different countries and culture. Today as the last but not the least cuisine as per my bucket list became African food. And it was just delicious. I am not going to stop here and will try more cuisines in future as this task has proved to be very freeing one as I have opened up to new things in this area of food as well 🙂

1.Belgian Cuisine
2.Lebanese Cuisine
3.Vietnemese
4.Italian
5.Spanish
6. Turkish
7. French
8. Cajun
9. Portugese
10. African
11. Taiwanese

French, Cajun and Portugese Week – Bucket-List 2013 Week 8 filled with joy and tasty dishes

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Item Number #13 – Try at least 10 different cuisines

It was amazing to have French Tomato-ey Ratatouille on Friday afternoon in Sydney with a friend of mine and Creole Jumbalaya with Voodooz Conrbread with my buddy in diving on Sunday night in Cairns. Different cusines in different places was something I enjoyed the most last week I must admit and this bucket list of mine made sure that I remember to try something new when I was on my diving trip to north of Australia in Cairns. Cafe Nice in Circular Quay, Sydney, not only provides you with taste but a very nice ambience with price that fits in budget. Sounds very delicious right, I know. Also Voodooz in Cairns has a very traditional Cajun (New Orleans Style) food. Also I did try Portuguese burger and it was very yumm

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Here is the list of food that I have already tried so far and I am pretty close to complete my list it seems as I was able to add 3 more cusines last week. One more to go and this is complete as well 🙂
1.Belgian Cuisine
2.Lebanese Cuisine
3.Vietnemese
4.Italian
5.Spanish
6. Turkish

Turkish Delight and Tacos with a new Friend : Bucket-List 2013 Week 7

Oh what a day I just had. It was long and ended with a bad stomach ache. Good news is that I completed one item this week and also close to finish another one.

Item Number #40 – Enjoy tacos and margaritas with a new friend: Sydney

Yes, I did it. I made a friend at friend’s tea party last weekend and had Tacos today with him and sorry the Margarita part would not take place as I quit drinking. But we had some tacos in Newtown, Sydney in ‘Guzman Y Gomez’.

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Item Number #13 – Try at least 10 different cuisines

So far I have tried the following new cuisines:

  1. Belgian Cuisine
  2. Lebanese Cuisine
  3. Vietnemese
  4. Italian
  5. Spanish

Today I tried Turkish food and it wasn’t a good experience as I got sick after that. Although I feel good as I ticked this cuisine off my list. But I guess it was just one place and cold food that got me a bit sick. Other than that my friend advised me that usually Turkish food is really good so I might try it some other time. Here are some pictures of food.

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So I am closer to complete this item with 4 more cuisines. This is all for today. Hope you enjoy these pics. Wish you a very lovely week and a wonderful life ahead and we will meet soon 🙂

Bucket-List 2013 Week 5 – Spanish Food with Sangria and a fun run

Item #50 – Do one thing new each week and Item # 13 Try at-least 10 different cuisines

It was not something I had in my mind that day but sometimes things happened. I was free for lunch and had to go out to get something to eat. Then I realized why shouldn’t I try a new cuisines after all it’s on my bucket list. So I searched  one nice Spanish restaurant to try something authentic. Now I was on my lunch break to nice restaurant called ‘Iberico’ which I didn’t realize was a little bit too far looking at the time for my lunch break. I somehow managed to get there and asked the waiter what’s the most authentic I could have there. I was told that some dish with meatballs and roasted chicken is good. Now it’s already two weeks so I seriously don’t remember what dish I ate to be honest. Sorry about that, but I also decided to try Spanish drink – Sangria. Although it was a drink I seriously think now looking back at the sequence of the events. I waited for quiet a long to get my food and I started questioning my decision to come here for lunch specially when I had to be back by 2:30 PM for a training with the client. Finally my food was there. It was delicious no doubt and Sangria was awesome. Only I had to eat it a hurry which I really didn’t liked. Drinking faster can have some effect on you I can say now.

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I was on my way back when I got a call from others that they are leaving to the venue for the training and if I am around to join as well. By now I could feel the effect of nice Sangria as I was feeling more than happy on the street walking back. I was late and realized that I might not make it on time by this speed and these many crossings in Sydney CBD. I still needed to go back to workplace to get the exact address where I had to go and a notepad. So I headed to work first. And towards the end I realized I was almost jogging my way there. Now I got another call from work asking where I am as the training was about to start in 15 minutes and they are on the way. It gave me a kick and I took my notepad from my desk and noted down the address. Then once I was back on the road, I almost started running. It started to get a bit sweaty and soon I had to take off my overcoat. People started realizing that a girl in heels with some stationary is running so they gave me way which made it easier for me to cross the roads and pavements. Some also gave me a surprising smile and started feeling that I am making friends for few moments. It was overwhelming to see people smiling at me and having a laugh when they saw me running towards them. Soon I heard a voice and saw my boss and others running and trying to catch up with me. ‘Wow’ was how my running effort was described. They were surprised how 5 minutes ago I talked to them from work place and how here I was on a sprint. My boss exclaimed that he saw someone sprinting past and then he realized it is me and they all started running to stop me. For rest of the training session I had to make sure I don’t look funny due to that drink I had. I guess running helped me sober up a little. What a day I had. I would say it consist both – trying a new thing (running for a training on heels) and trying a new cuisines.

So far I have tried the following new cuisines:

  1. Belgian Cuisine
  2. Lebanese Cuisine
  3. Vietnemese
  4. Italian
  5. Spanish

Can I just say – Indian, just joking 😉

Hope you had fun reading this. Don’t try running on heels I can advice 😉

Here is also a link for my bucket list for 2013 if you haven’t had a look. My Promise to live life – My BucketList 2013

A little bit different and also another post about the fears I have in my life with a reflection of other reader’s experiences along with it. My Fears