Place 84 – Day 2: New Orleans,LA – WWII Museum, Lafayette Cemetery & Magazine Street

Video Chat

We woke up feeling really good and refreshed!

We had breakfast and got ready for the day and then had a quick video chat.

We had to speak with someone we are looking to briefly live with in another location, just to show we are who we say we are and so on.

We had a good chat and seems it was successful, so we should be heading there soon!

WWII Museum

There isn’t much to say about this, other than the fact we took the bus to the WWII museum. This museum is the #2 thing to do in the whole of the US according to TripAdvisor, so we had to take a look.

The museum wasn’t that big and we did get student tickets which saved us a little money.

It was an alright museum, but not as amazing as the reviews had said.

French Coffee

We really fancied some French coffee and pastries.

We walked 6 minutes to a highly touted French cafe called French Truck Coffee.

The coffee was excellent and the foid was too. Curtis got a big croissant and Kim had a muffin.


French Truck Coffee | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 10/10


Lafayette Cemetery

We got to one of the famous cemeteries in New Orleans just 15 minutes before it was closing.

We were given a brief tour by a lady there who has been giving tours for 20 years.

We were shown around briefly and told about how the group tombs work, which is a fascinating process actually.

Magazine St

We walked down magazine street a little more, which is a street most known for shopping but it also has a lot of beautiful buildings and eateries.

One Of The Many Beautiful Houses

Dinner

We got a tram to the French Quarter and found ourselves some food.

We came across a place called Bombay Club which sounded and looked very fancy but had good prices.

Curtis got a steak and Kim got what they called Hunter’s chicken.

Our food was pretty good actually!

We ended with a brownie to share which was delicious also. Overall a successful dinner and a long day!


Bombay Club | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8.5/10


Home Time

We took a tram followed by a bus to get home and we were exhausted! The weather was much better today so was little warmer than expected.

We booked something for later and this week and then watched some TV.

We finished the night with some admin and then bed time.


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Place 83 – Day 1: Fort Lauderdale,FL 🇺🇸 – Fancy Train & Thunderstorms

Breakfast

We needed to have some breakfast, so we got packed and then walked just down the road to an Argentine cafe in which Curtis got an almond croissant and a chocolate croissant whilst Kim got a ham and cheese bagel. We each got a cappucino too, but that wasn’t great.


Close Bistro & Cafe | Miami,FL

Rating:- 6/10


Fancy Train

We decided to take the train to Fort Lauderdale instead of a bus as it was quicker and bit nicer…

We got to the station, which looked excellent, got our tickets and checked our bag in.

We waited in the really nice waiting area and then around 30 minutes later we boarded the train.

All seats are assigned and we got the accessible seats so we had insane leg room!

We were only on the train for 30 minutes but the train was very comfy, quiet, fast and pretty cheap. We quite enjoyed it.

Freebee

We got our of the station after collecting our bag and were going to take an Uber to our apartment. Instead, were offered a ride in a ‘freebee’. This is a new trial being ran which is a good sized electric vehicle which takes people around the city free.

Unfortunately, our apartment was out of the zone they are currently operating in, but there was an insane amount of rain so the driver was kind enough to drop us right at our apartment!

The Apartment

Our apartment is within another building, but we have our own bathroom and cupboard and it’s good enough.

Unfortunately, as we arrived, a thunderstorm started and so we were pretty much house bound, which was good because we were also feeling very lazy.

Uber Eats

We were so lazy, and fearing the storm, that we ordered Uber Eats instead of going out. We had a free delivery deal anyway, so might as well use it!

We got some Japanese food which was, again, adequate. Nothing to write home about (literally) but not bad.

Braving The Storm

We wanted some snacks and provisions, so we braved the storm and walked down to the supermarket. We managed to get a bit of the lightning flashing on camera, but we did see some actual lightning bolts!

We came back and just watched TV. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t meant to be good tomorrow either, so we’ll just have to sleep!


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Place 82 – Day 5: Miami,FL – Little Havana, Wynwood Wall & 800th Blog Day!

Little Havana

We wanted a Cuban coffee & Cuban sandwich today, so we went on the hunt for one in Little Havana.We first had to get there, which meant we had to first take the free ‘metromover’ which is a monorail system, and then we had to go from there to a bus.

We weren’t sure if we were able to get on a bus as we didn’t have the correct pass for it, so instead we decided we’d scooter there.

We started on the scooters but then way we needed to go doesn’t allow the scooters to work, so we had to leave them and find a bus stop. The bus stop wasn’t close and once we got there it was a proper station so we could by a day pass for $5.50 each (plus $2.25 each for the card itself).

We waited for a while for the bus…and waited…and waited…it never showed! We had to wait for a while more until eventually a bus arrived and we sat on that for a bit to get to little Havana.

Our plan was to get the coffee and the sandwich in the same place, but the place we found for coffee didn’t make sandwiches. That being said, we couldn’t pass up the coffee place as it specialises in Cuban coffee & had over 22 different versions.

The wonderful man described each of their main Cuban coffees to us and then we chose – Curtis had the most traditional, which was Cuban coffee with coffee liquor in it and Kim had the ‘tres leches’ coffee, which was milk, cream, whipped cream and coffee.

Both coffees were amazing and the service was also perfect.


House of Cuban Coffee| Miami,FL

Rating:- 10/10


We finished this and asked for a recommendation where we can get a good Cuban sandwich. We were told the pub down the road would be best, so we walked down there to find us a sandwich!

We asked for a traditional Cuban sandwich to share and it did not disappoint. Essentially, it is just ham, cheese & pork with mustard in a panini style bread, but it was incredible. We thought it was great, to be honest!


El Pub | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


Wynwood Walls

We made our way from Little Havana to Wynwood on the bus, which took a bit longer then we planned due to missing the first bus!

We got to Wynwood and did the typical touristy thing there which was to visit the Wynwood walls.

This area in general is the arts area and there is a separate section which is filled with full wall murals/paintings.

This area is free to the public and there is even a few internal exhibits which are also free. This part had a room with chandeliers and carpet from the Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

We walked around here for a bit and then discussed with our friend where we would meet her for dinner.

Once we organised this, we walked across the street and got a $6 mojito each to kill some time.

Mojitos!

Curtis got a ginger mojito and Kim had a standard mojito.

Kim was also able to charge her phone here, which helped as she had just a little bit of power left. These were very good mojitos, which we were not expecting.


Miami Mojito Company | Miami, FL

Rating:- 8/10


Fancy Grilled Cheese

We got on a bus, eventually, for a 15-20 minute journey to northern Miami where we were meeting a friend.

We got to the grilled cheese place where we were meeting her and she arrived shortly after.

We were meeting with Lucie, whom we met in Portland at our hostel! She lives in Florida so we had to see her whilst here.

Curtis got a pesto, tomato & cheese sandwich and Kim got a BBQ pulled pork one. We also shared some (not very nice) cheese fries.

We chatted with Lucie for a few hours, about a whole host of things, such as where our favourite place in the US has been so far and a few other things.


Ms. Cheezious | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


We were out with Lucie for a while and then we headed off to catch the bus about 21:00.

We weren’t sure if the bus would arrive, but luckily it did and we got back to the apartment for 21:30.

Kim did a bit of research that we need to do for our next home…and then we did some laundry preparing to move to another (brief) place tomorrow.

800 Days!

Today, we hit 800 straight days of blog posts…800!

What an insane number…that you to everyone that reads it each day. Without getting at least some people reading each day, we wouldn’t have continued writing this and our travels wouldn’t be as documented as they are today.

Thank you.


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Place 82 – Day 4: Miami,FL – Closed Museum & Coconut Grove

Closed Museum

We had a plan today to go to a museum down south.

We said to ourselves that we would walk there, which would take just an hour, but we got outside and were warm so we went for a scooter ride instead.

We got to the museum and noticed a sign outside which said it was closed on Tuesdays, which was not ideal.

We saw the gates were still open to the gardens, so we went into them and had a look around.

We got to the entrance of the actual museum and there were security there who said we had to leave. Turns out that the gardens were closed too!

Coconut Grove

We changed up our plan and walked to the rail station nearby, paid our $2.25 ticket each and boarded the train.

We only went one stop but it saved us 20 minutes of walking.

We quickly burned those saved 20 minutes when we walked way past our turning and had to turn back again.

We walked through a fairly nice area and got to CocoWalk in Coconut Grove.

This is a street with nice shops, restaurants & coffee shops.

We walked around a bit but weren’t too impressed. We wanted a snack and found a taco place which was just $3 per taco, so we got one each and continued with our day.

We wanted a coffee and we saw Starbucks but decided to go somewhere different, which was a mistake.

The place was called Blanco gelato and it was all organic etc.

Kim got a mocha coconut iced coffee and Curtis got just an iced coffee.

Kim’s was very small, expensive and just a thick sludge, but was tasty. Curtis had iced milk with a tiny bit of coffee and, again, expensive. We were quite disappointed.


Bianco Gelato | Miami, FL

Rating:- 4/10


Another Interview?

We got back in time to shower and relax a little and then at 18:30, Curtis had another interview scheduled.

As what seems to be a common theme, the interviewer never called, and no emails were returned.

So, after another wasted 30 minutes, we grabbed our steak from the fridge which we bought earlier from whole foods and made an average dinner.

The steak was delicious, a really great slab of meat, but the sauce we bought wasn’t good and overpowered the meal. Curtis also over seasoned the meat a little.

All in all, could have been better, but it’ll do!

We watched TV for the evening and ate a dessert each. Kim got a chocolate pie and Curtis got a lemon meringue pie to devour too.


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Place 82 – Day 1: Miami,FL🇺🇸 – Cancelled Bus

Check Out

We got up at 08:30, packed the remaining items, showered, had breakfast and left the house around 11:00, after a game of Monopoly Deal.

Nice Houses

We had some time to kill, so we drove down through the really nice, huge, houses.

After we looked at all the houses, we drove to an ice cream place, got ice cream and then went to Starbucks for a coffee.

We had to leave shortly after, though, as our bus was due at the bus stop (which was a gas station).

Cancelled Bus

We got to the bus stop and then checked on the bus which said it was delayed by an hour, but the image on the app said it hadn’t left the first stop yet.

We called to ask, whilst we sat and had a doughnut in Dunkin’ and they weren’t much help.

We went back to the gas station and there was an attendant inside and she said she thinks it is cancelled but will check.

Eventually, she confirmed this and said we can board the 15:50 bus instead, for free. We looked into car rental but it was far too expensive so we booked onto that bus instead.

We said goodbye to Kim’s family as they had to catch a flight back to England. It was an emotional time for Kim, too.

We waited for an hour or so until the bus arrived and were happy to get on it.

Bus Ride To Miami

We had a 5 hour ride, which was less than our previous bus was going to be anyway, so that’s good.

We had an uneventful journey with only a few scheduled stops. We even skipped a few at the end so we got in a little early.

Nice Apartment

We got an Uber to downtown Miami, where our apartment is.

We are on the 42nd floor, with amazing views of Miami and the water!

Dinner

We wanted some food and were recommended to go to the bayside marketplace which has a few well priced chains in there.

We decided on Five Guys as it was easy and we fancied a burger.

Curtis chose to have a cheeseburger with lettuce, mayo, steak sauce, grilled onions & pickles, but he got mushrooms instead of onions, for some reason.

Kim got a small cheeseburger with lettuce, steak sauce, grilled onions and mushrooms.

We got a side of small fries and shared a chocolate milkshake.

The food was pretty nice, though as said before they did get the order wrong. The milkshake was incredible though!


Five Guys | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


We got back, ate our food and went to sleep…we were very tired after a long stressful day, so were looking forward to getting some sleep.


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Place 81 – Day 11: Orlando,FL – 6.5 Hour Tattoos

Up Early

We were up at a good time to get down to Orlando.

We didn’t eat any breakfast, but we stopped at IHOP on the way, and just as it started to rain, too!

Tattoos

We went from IHOP to a tattoo place. Kim, Abbie & Tom were getting tattoos today.

The tattoos went very well, and the tattoo artist was very knowledgeable, friendly and talented!

Kim and Abbie got a matching tattoo, of interlocking rings.

Kim also got a colourful elephant which has a few significant meanings to her and Abbie also got a flower.

Tom got a chinese inspired tattoo on his back which looks pretty cool.

All-in-all, we were in the tattoo parlour for 6.5 hours! We went to get a coffee briefly, mostly just to kill time, but by the time we left it was 18:00.

Vegan Dinner & A Drag Show?

We planned to go to a drag show today, but first the plan was food!

Abbie is vegetarian, so we wanted to find some food she could eat and the tattoo artist is a vegan, so she recommended some vegan places.

We went to a place right next to where the drag was located.

We aren’t going to rate this place as, being vegan, we aren’t used to the alternatives used so we don’t think it would be fair.

That being said, Curtis got something that was a vegan chicken burger with a side of mac and ‘cheese’, Kim had a ‘pulled pork’ sandwich, Maggie had another sandwich of sorts and Tom had a ‘not-dog’ chilli dog.

Neither of us were overly thrilled with the food, but that wasn’t to say, necessarily, because it was vegan, but it just wasn’t that great. Abbie and Tom both very much enjoyed their food, though and everyone said the ‘not-dogs’ were delicious.

We left here and went round the corner as it was meant to be opening time for the drag show, but it seemed very much empty…and closed!

We went to a bar just down the road, which was owned by the same people, and we found out that it was not on tonight. This was a great shame as Kim was very much looking forward to it, but we did get a refund, after the booking company were very unpleasant on the phone.

Card Games It Is Then

We drove back home and decided that we may as well play card games.

We played about 3 games in total but were all the tired and realised we had to pack, too.

Packing

We got to packing, getting most of it done in the evening.

We have everything ready and now it’s just time to sleep.

Kim’s family are heading back to England tomorrow and we are taking a long bus journey.


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Place 81 – Day 9: Orlando,FL – Go Karting

Breakfast

We got up just as Tom was arriving back from his cycle, so we all needed some food.

We had a lack of breakfast items in the house, so we decided we would go out for breakfast on the way to go karting.

We stopped at IHOP and had some breakfast there.

Go Karting

It took a while to get to the go karting place, but we weren’t disappointed when we got there.

Watching The Briefing

This was outdoor karting and the track looked sizable and fun.

We paid for 30 minutes in 3 x 10 minute stints.

The first time out we were with a few random people but the other two was just us.

For the first 2, Tom was first followed by Curtis, but Abbie made improvements and got 2nd just ahead of Curtis on the 3rd race.

We left here incredibly sweaty but we had a lot of fun.


Orlando Kart Center | Orlando,FL

Rating:- 8.5/10


Coffee

We had to stop and get a cold drink on the way back home, so we got a Starbucks and relaxed in the cool before setting off.

Thai Green Curry

We made a Thai green curry for dinner, which didn’t look or seem right but was actually pretty tasty!

Even More Card Games

We played all the card games this evening, for a good few hours, before everyone got too tired and went to bed.


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Mr & Mrs Hale