San fran to cleveland
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let's begin with san francisco..... mark twain was quoted as saying 'the coldest winter i ever spent was a summer in san francisco'. let me put it in less poetic terms. IT WAS FRICKIN FREEZING!!
so san fran wasn't awesome. so hilly it was ridiculous, cold as all buggery and there was an area that would scare the crap out of anyone. but alcatraz was amazing. worthwhile going to san francisco just for that.
also, another thing i'm sure is worthy of seeing (which we didn't get to see) was the 'full house' house. man, would we have been excited to see that! but apparently it costs money to even go see the house, so we were like 'hmmmm, nah'. plus, we couldn't be bothered walking up all those fricking hills!
oh yeah, saw the golden gate bridge, went on a cable car ($5 one way, fair to say we only went on it once) and what appeared to be seagulls on steroids
we did a bus tour of san fran and it was interesting to see that different nationalities claimed their part of the city with flags. italians had their flag, chinese had theirs and the gay and lesbians had the rainbow flag. it was awesome.
we then headed to chicago (as our texan friends would like to call it, the windy state!! haha) on liss' 22nd birthday. her special day included her dropping her phone in the toilet (pre-wees) after being so excited that there were toilet seat covers available. she fished it out no worries and after being a little concerned that her phone could have suffered serious drowning injuries, was relieved to find it worked in fine order.
chicago was a nice city. not too touristy and felt a lot safer than a lot of the other places we had been.
we went out for din dins for liss' birthday and even though she didn't feel like it was her birthday, she still scored a free brownie from the nice waiter man (which we all managed to take advantage of too! hehe). saw some nice gentlemen in bondage wear (apparently the leather convention was on.... no joke!). went up the sears tower (pretty tall building, used to be the tallest), went on a bus tour there which took us past the largest bar in the world (we'll put a pic of it in our photos) and were served the largest mcdonald's meal in history (again, photos)
we went on a free 'trolley' (which is like a little bus) where my trip could have taken a massive turn for the worst. as i got of the trolley, i was so pre-occupied with checking i had tissues (still wasn't well) and we all walked down the street. as we got to the corner of the street, i asked the girls if they had seen my purse (which for interest sake had all my american money in there and yes yes, my passport). realising it had been left on the bus, tan and i sprinted (ok, probably wasn't that fast, but it makes the story more interesting) back to the trolley which luckily hadn't gone and as we got there, we saw someone handing my purse to the bus driver. fair to say, i was pretty lucky that day. and, again, let me just point out that i ran and didn't die!!! classic.
we caught the mega bus to cleveland on tuesday 29th which took about 6 hours. we arrived in cleveland at about 10:30pm and were met at the bus station by jim and laurie whose house we have stayed at for the last few nights. they are friends of mum's who were lovely enough to put us up for the time we have been here. when we got back to their house, they had an ice cream cake all ready for liss' birthday celebrations which was just so nice of them to do. it really felt like liss' birthday then.
since being here, we have been to niagra falls which was amazing
yesterday we went to cedar point amusement park which has a total of 17 roller coasters. tan and i were hoping to do all 17, but long lines prevented that, with us going on 11 overall. liss went on 1 and she was very very brave! we'll put a pic up of the last ride tan and i went on (we're actually on the ride in the pic). basically it's massive and got up to speeds of 120 mph (193 km per hour for all you kids at home) within about 2 seconds. laurie came on a couple of rides with us too. she's a legend! u should have seen the big one she came on!
went to rock 'n' roll hall of fame today which was really interesting, but i must admit, we are all pretty knackered now. we've had some very busy days. tan is now sick, so liss is the only one standing! good on ya honey!
ok, so now for our traditional dot point section at the end:
we smelt a skunk!!!! ok, well, jim and laurie said it was a skunk...... maybe they were covering something else..???
tax not included in the price of anything: WHY??? ARE U TRYING TO MAKE IT HARD?!!! like, why wouldn't u just have tax included in the price? i see something advertised for a certain amount, i expect to pay that amount
speaking of change: whats the point of pennies? 1 cent. like, who needs it? aussie don't and we cope quite well. it's stupid and a waste of space in my wallet. and whats with having dollar notes and dollar coins. chose one and stick to it. i say coins cos when u look in your wallet and see heaps of notes, u think your rich. turns out you only have $8.
maccas: everywhere. NEXT!
tollways: how much money do these people wanna make from us using their roads? and they're everywhere. all the time. dumb.
ok, i think we've spoken enough crap for now.
couple of footnotes:
jim and laurie: thank you soooooo much for your hospitality and generosity while we have been here. thanks for liss' cake, thanks for driving us everywhere and enjoying the activities with us and most importantly, thank you for the bread. it was so lovely to meet you, we'll miss you!
emma: thinking of you honey. love you lots.
there will be pics from vegas onwards as we haven't had a chance to put any up in ages.