Trip Start Jan 06, 2008
77Trip End Jul 13, 2008
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So first up, I landed in Miami, feeling a little blue after an intense and emotional final night with Paul in Guatemala City. Spent the next 3 days basically partying til the early hours, going to the rainbow section of South Beach and generally being a bit of a tart. This included a hot night on the beach with a fit guy called Raza from NYC (remember him cos he comes back again later). Next I took the train to Orlando and about 3 bus rides later (Orlando is ENORMOUS) , checked into some souless motel on some characterless freeway surrounded by Taco Bells & McDonalds and generally started to feel quite low
Disney World for example is mad, like a city in its own right and it´s bewildering just how many things are on offer (6 theme parks, an adult nightime resort and about 10 hotel resots), how many people work there (60,000 crew members) and how much the daily operating costs must be. So days 1 & 2, I went to Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT Centre, both awesome with amazing night time firework / light show extravaganzas. Also went to the 2 Disney water parks which were well designed and surprisingly high adrenaline experiences. That night went to Disney's Pleasure Island (the adult park with bars and clubs) for the big gay night at "Mannequin's" night club. This was like the Disney version of gay world - handbag house, revolving dance floor, Bud Lites flowing and absolutely no groping in sight. Managed to find something a little rougher in the form of Jerry, one of the hotel managers and the evening took a decidely less Disneyesque tone..
Went back to Miami to catch my flight to Toronto. Went to stay with Wendy (my ex boss) which was awesome fun and somehow I ended up meeting like most of the Toronto Leo Burnett office, going to their spring party and having some 'informal interviews' out of which I have been offered a job and I have accepted!! I will be Account Director for P&G Bounce for North America and I start straight after my travels end! Far less dramatic (and disappointingly so) was my visit to Niagara falls, which is cool and all but nothing to go crazy about
Anyways, next on to New York city, now officialy my favourite place on earth and goddamnit am I determined to go and live there at some point soon. Spent the first few days catching up with Roxane, my best mate, who has given birth to the most adorable little baba called Jake. So like loads of stuff has happened to us both since I've been away and we had some fabulous quality bonding time together and went to do loads of sightseeing and stuff. Weirdly enough on my 1st night there, went to one of the big gay clubs and bumped into Raza (yes the guy from Miami) which is pretty fucking weird and somehow I ended up moving in with him for like 10 days. This was fabulous for he lived right in Central Chelsea in aa awesome appartment with a great view and we discovered we had a great chemistry together and so had quite a lot of fun. However, it was quickly turning into an old couple situation, like going for dinner together every night and watching DVDs. So I had to leave. But all is good and we're still in touch. Also in the unexpected social extravaganza that was NYC - met with loads of ex-colleagues who either live or happened to be in NYC and of course met and hung out with a few hot guys. Did the culture vulture thing and went to several museums - MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), The Guggenheim and the outrageously enormous Metropolitan (which includes a real Egyptian temple, brought over from Aswan, brick by brick!) and really enjoyed all that, particularly seeing some of the Modernist / Post Modern classics (see pics)
Anyways, on to Peru and South America. I'll be in touch soon...