Florida: shopping, eating, drinking
Let me tell you it is a BLOODY LONG FLIGHT! Not like I haven’t done it before, I have: four times before in fact. I just never get used to the whole travelling vast distances thing. In our case it was three flights. I can assure you if I had to take the laptop out of the pack ONE MORE TIME for security screening, I was likely to throw it in the nearest river. My colleague escaped full body scanning in the USA, but no, not I: I had to stand figuratively naked in the damn cubicle.
However, all in all, we survived the journey and I caught up with old friends today and spent money. It was great to catch up with G & T (and no, that does not stand for gin and tonic), I am not so sure it was “great” to spend money.
I think we started drinking about 11am. All up I believe I have had a Long Island Tea, a Margarita, several Bacardi & cokes, several red wines, a couple of ports after dinner and….. hmmmm now the memory is a little cloudy.
Along the way I have bought a Guess handbag, New Balance shoes and a Calphalon Mandoline. You don’t know what a Mandoline is? Neither did I, but it is EXACTLY what I wanted, even though I didn’t know it. I will reveal all another time, although you are welcome to guess! I resisted the temptation to buy the $370 handbag that was reduced from….. gasp-I-should-be-so-grateful-for-the-opportunity…. $1,300. I don’t care what it is reduced from, I care what you want me to pay NOW!
Kennedy Space Center is on the agenda for tomorrow, so I can imagine I am in space!!!
I think my colleagues are wary – after all, the old Aussie (and elsewhere, I am sure) rule of “what happens on tour, stays on tour” is a little threatened by one of the members writing articles on the web. I promise, guys, your secrets are safe with me! Not that you have any secrets yet.
Hotel reception registered my colleague and I into the same room. Now, we like each other well enough, but not in “that” way. I asked about my room keys, and we quickly sorted out the issue! We now have rooms on different floors!
As to the hotel room, I am not overly impressed. The wi-fi signal is weak, the internet comes and goes, there is NO cutlery in the room and no mini-bar at all. No wine glasses even! Shocking! However, the bed is king-sized (aren’t they all in the USA) and comfortable, the shower is spacious and I am 22 floors up so the traffic noise is minimal!