Orlando Florida

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  Welcome to Orlando, Florida. Sun shined generously In April. A jaunt to Orlando, Florida, the community fun parade at Disney's Magic Kingdom was a must and also one of course couldn't miss Universal Studios -- thrilling rides included Harry Potter, Spiderman, Mummy the Revenge, Simpsons, RipIt-RockIt Hollywood roller-coaster and the classic E.T. adventure, Twister, Jurassic Park and Jaws and lots, lots more. 


Now some Dos and Don'ts:

Dos:
Easy access to premium outlets malls, pubs, resturants, souvenir shops and even exhibitions such as the Titanic was by taking i-Ride trolley along International Drive.

Dont's
Caution was that some tourist info along International drive which was run by bad apples that some sold fake tickets to amusement parks and recently got busted.
 
What's up to you
a BBQ Turkey leg for lunch was a steal if you didn't mind a bit salty.

 

Stayed at Peabody Hotel, my lazy afternoon in swimming pools had gone by quickly. A few blocks away from Peabody, there were Walgreens supermarket (24/7), MacDonalds, Dennys, and Red Lobster. An evening stroll along the canopy of greens was a bliss. Talked to strangers at bus stop and a discovery of different walks of life with his/her own stories to tell was intriguing: 
 
 




      





 
 A security guard from Alabama since 2004 got a sick day to go downtown to find a cure for his ulcer;
 
A hotel housekeeper who settled here after Haiti's massive earthquake was very exhausted after work -- she had already made beds for seventeen rooms.

Also a real estate agent from Miami re-married to an Italian and she was an active clay artist five years ago and she shined when she told me that she met Frank Gehry in person.


Strangers met just like what happened in a movie. Life was in motion, merely captured in pictures.


Past few days, weather was very nice. I was now at starbucks, waiting for a flight back home in Orlando airport terminal A. I drank less coffee on the trip, was it that caffeine deficiency or amusement park rides made me feel a bit headache, of which I couldn't tell for sure. Days seemed less longer when one's on the trip-- new things to explore as a stranger among strangers in a travelling hub.  Amusement Parks were packed and I couldn't imagine what it'd be like as of the long line-ups for thrilling rides in a long hot summer day; most wait time for thrilling rides was at least 45 mins even in April. Guess at the end of the day, one going home with a tiring body would ask, "wasn't life a lesson of waiting?" 

Sometimes, life's like waiting for a thrilling ride in a roller-coaster; just too much time on waiting, and too little time for the thrill.

Afterall, it was lots of fun in this jaunt and there are more adventures waiting as new parks gonna open soon...so comeback next time.
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Chen-ou Liu on

Beautiful photos. Food for the eyes.

Yes, life is a lesson of waiting.

slanted sunlight
on my Kodak moments
a skylark singing

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