Elvis ate America
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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This week was not spent in a hostel, but using Derek's Hilton Honours points we stayed at the Hilton Suites in Anaheim (Orange). Theoretically, that means "free", however we soon discovered that internet would be $10/day, parking $11/day, breakfast $15/day (each)… that is until Derek had a quiet word with the hotel manager (how does he always get away with that?). Sunday and Monday were spent readjusting to North American ways….what bliss to have the little luxuries such as the complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, coffee maker, etc
As it happens the Edmonton Oilers were in town this week to play Anaheim & L.A. For Hockey fans, I believe there was a good game in Ottawa? What is happening to the Oilers this year … is the spirit of the Leafs getting transmitted through Pat Quinn? We didn’t avail ourselves of a game.
Wednesday was our “work” day when we had hoped to run all sorts of errands to prepare ourselves for the next real travel stint. Unfortunately these things can take far longer than expected and we spent about two hours trying to mail various packages, including our first batch of nik-naks home to Canada (Note to Blake & Karen: The large box of odds and ends should be with you shortly after you return from the Olympics). How can it take that long to mail a box? Firstly, trying to figure out which box is the right size and just how much it might cost? Secondly, the patience test of lining up with said box, only to find out that we had failed to fill in the 18 reams of paperwork required by customs
Other than an Oilers win, there was another noteworthy and overdue event this week – Alex lost a front tooth and is now sporting a beautiful hockey smile. Needless to say, the tooth fairy was able to track us down and do her duty. On our penultimate day here we took the kids to Disneyland, which fortunately was relatively quiet (something to do with the “cold” apparently???). As one would expect we went on lots of rides, met a few Disney icons and left before it got too chilly. Kids had a blast and Alex was even chosen for Jedi training in the StarWars area. He’s now an official Patawan, so you may want to tread carefully next time you see him….
This week has been a temporary welcome return to familiar surroundings, although strangely we’re looking forward to leaving tomorrow (seems like the plane weirdos have relations here). America has been everything you’d expect … sensory overload, food everywhere, oversized roads, oversized people, oversized commercialism, and oversized fun too!
For a change of scene, we’re off to Thailand tomorrow. Not looking forward to a trip that is scheduled to be 21 hours and includes a 15 hour flight from L.A. to Taiwan. Maybe chemical aids will come in useful??? Speak to you on the flip side…