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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, here we come! *queue James Bond theme tune*
We had some amazing scenery to take in on the drive from Las Vegas – it was a short drive (about 45 minutes) but super hot outside!
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First stop, the ‘monuments’? I’m not too sure what these are called, without guessing.. but they say that if you rub the statues feet, it’s good luck! So away I went, rubrubrub!IMG_4204
The views were incredible of the Hoover Dam. I literally felt like I was in a James Bond film, there and then! And I did not stop humming the theme tune either, which probably irritated every single tourist there.IMG_4212 IMG_4236
I don’t have much too say really as the photos speak for themselves – but the Hoover Dam is MASSIVE.IMG_4239 IMG_4245 IMG_4251
Where Hoover Dam is situated, it turns out that it is sat on the border of two time zones. Nevada Time and Arizona Time!IMG_4264
Next, we went down into the Pump Stations of the Hoover Dam which were really interesting and you could hear the hundreds and hundreds of litres of water flushing through the pipes!IMG_4280 IMG_4282 IMG_4283

Do you recognise this from the Goldeneye opening? What other films do you remember this from?
xx

LINKS:
Hoover Dam Website: HERE

Las Vegas Pt. 2

Here goes the second part!
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The second or third day, we decided to do the other half of the strip as people probably know it as the older, but original Las Vegas. Obviously this has changed massively from back in the day, when it was all the rave and famous people like Elvis use to play here.
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We drove past so many ‘Little White Chapels’ and some cool vintage cars!IMG_4007
We even drove past the pawn shop from Pawn Stars and went in for a quick look! (My dad is a fan).IMG_4031
I saw the Golden Nugget and had to do this..
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We then went for a walk down Fremont Street where they now do a zipline, that go through the whole building – which is pretty cool!
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They do these great animations that go across the screens above your head and really light the place up! This is now sponsored by Red Bull and they do some cool stuff like aeroplane shows and memorials on these screens..IMG_4061
This has to be my favourite room, in the whole of Las Vegas. This was inside the Belaggio, it was a display for fall/autumn and it was incredibly beautiful! I love stuff like interior design, environmental design and animation so I fell in love with this room. All of the flowers were real, too. Beautiful.IMG_4111 IMG_4113 IMG_4115 IMG_4132
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We were walking down the strip one night and this zombie guy came creeping out from behind a wall and scaring people (even without jumping out on them or making any noise, just the sense of being watched and actually realising!) – we got addicted to watching him in the end, we must’ve sat there for about 2 hours filming him and I eventually had the courage to have a photo with him and throw him a few dollars tip! He was actually a lovely guy, with a very soft, friendly voice!IMG_4354
The next morning, (our last full day) we went on the rollercoaster in our hotel. It was a lot of fun, did a loop and some corkscrews – a little bumpy and rackety though as it was pretty old, great fun though!
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We went for a drive to the famous Las Vegas sign, as we couldn’t seem to find it the night before. It is actually a lot smaller than I thought, I was surprised! There was also a huge queue to have a photo here, as an Elvis impersonator was there trying to get tuts and making people think that they HAD to queue up! So.. we just snook down the side and snapped a few photos – cheekay cheekaaay!
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And obviously, we couldn’t resist more Taco Bell as usual..IMG_4410
On the last night, I decided that I HAVE to gamble whilst in Las Vegas to say that I have and cross off the bucket list! We probably spent about $3, I know, I know.. We need to chill out on the gambling, CLEARLY!
Well, it turns out that it’s a lot more complicated than I thought! I thought you just pull the lever on the fruit machines and voila! Not quite.. turns out that I lost all of the money and ended up getting some of the remainder back..
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I sadly didn’t win, and this was my own money, back to me..
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On our last night, we went into the Excalibur hotel as we heard that they have a Dick’s Last Resort restaurant there, so we thought of giving it a try..
If you don’t know what Dick’s Last Resort is, it’s a restaurant where the staff treat you like crap. They are hired, to treat you like crap, give bad service and basically wind you up! It was a great experience, luckily we didn’t get it as bad as other people! (I would post photos, but I don’t think they would approve of it and I have no consent!).

We did have one nice waiter though as he noticed that we were Welsh, so we had a full on conversation with him and he was trying to impress us by being able to spell ‘llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ (a small town in Wales, famous for it’s ridiculously long name and everyone non-welsh like to ask if you can pronounce it – yes, we can).
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At Dick’s, they like to give you very sexy paper hats with a charming comment on them. I was pretty thrilled to get a hat, and I must say, a lot of people say the same thing about me. I’m cute until I open my mouth 🙂
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It was our last day in Las Vegas, so we decided to go to Hard Rock Cafe for our last breakfast here and it was the best breakfast we had yet! We then set off for Los Angeles for our last 5 days of the trip.
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Have you visited a Dick’s Last Resort before? Share your experience with me 🙂
xx

Las Vegas Pt. 1

Viva Las Vegas! Just a quick note, I had met my dad in Los Angeles, 2 weeks into my USA part of the trip and we travelled the remaining two weeks together on the West Coast.
We jumped in the car from San Francisco, all the way to Las Vegas which was about a 8/9 hour journey and although it was mainly desert all the way there – it was quite enjoyable, especially spotting the several Taco Bell’s on the way! (which are my favourite).
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We saw a ridiculous amount of wind turbines on the hills..IMG_3750 IMG_3761 IMG_3770
We eventually got to Las Vegas at about 10pm, which doesn’t matter a single bit as Las Vegas is awake at all hours. We checked into New York New York which is a great hotel which has a casino, shops, swimming pool and it’s own rollercoaster! – amazing!
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We then went out for a venture around ‘the strip’ and saw some incredible things! Luckily, my dad has been here before so it was a lot easier knowing where everything was and what to see/do!IMG_3801 IMG_3803
One of my favourite bits of Las Vegas was definitely the Belaggio fountains! They were incredible – they basically play a song (from an extensive playlist, I never heard the same song twice) and the fountains ‘dance’ in time with the music! It is pretty breathtaking!
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We then went for a stroll through some of the hotels, which are tourist attractions over in Las Vegas as they are so grand. This was in Caeser’s Palace – they have everything in this hotel, casinos, cinemas, shopping malls, art galleries, swimming pools.
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We woke up the next day, bright and early, despite the clouds it was really hot outside considering that we were in the desert but it brighten up throughout the day. This is the hotels rollercoaster from our room window.IMG_3885
We ended up having a buffet breakfast which had amazing stuff like chocolate covered strawberries, cakes, pastries, you name it! And in Vegas, it seems like a theme to have a cheeky Mimosa or Bloody Mary in the morning – so we were handed this! Quite a perk up for a lightweight like me, I have to say!
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I opted for Fruity Loops, obviously.. The brighter the colours, the better in America!IMG_3887
We then went out for the day, again looking at all of the hotels and the sights. This is our hotel, New York New York from the front.
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We headed to The Venetian which was beautiful – they basically made it look like Venice inside the hotel and have Gondola’s that you can ride inside.IMG_3911 IMG_3915 IMG_3920 IMG_3926 IMG_3939
Afterwards, as it was incredibly boiling hot outside and my poor little ginger skin can’t handle the heat.. we decided to go up the Eiffel Tower (it’s half the size of the original, in Paris). This was great fun, the staff were full of humour and the views of the Las Vegas strip were great!
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That’s all I am going to put in this blog post for now, as it will be a few long one full of photos otherwise! So I will be posting another of Las Vegas Pt. 2 and one on the Hoover Dam very shortly!

Have you been to Las Vegas? Would you consider getting married there? I don’t think I would, doesn’t quite seem like my dream wedding to me! 🙂
xx

WHERE AM I NOW? WHAT AM I DOING?

Well, I am currently in Auckland at the moment, I’m not too sure if I explained this in a previous post but I am waiting for my flight to Fiji.
Basically, I thought that I was going to stay in New Zealand for 3 months and find a job, but by the time that I went travelling around, I would only have just under 2 months left. I thought to myself that by the time I find a job (2 weeks minimum), it probably wouldn’t be worth it just for the 3-4 weeks as I’ve probably spent the same amount whilst looking for a job. Does any of this make sense?

Anyway, I decided that I would leave New Zealand asap, as it’s just the sensible thing to do. I have had SUCH AN AMAZING TIME in New Zealand, it has been so incredible here. But I think that it is just the right thing to do, leave here before I end up spending money when I could be spending my money on other activities that I haven’t done like Disneyland and Las Vegas when I get to America.

So, I contacted STA Travel to change my flights via the online form (Surprise surprise, they didn’t respond to me as usual..) so my dad rang them up and asked them. We had a really helpful guy (shock horror!) that tried to get flights ASAP for me, but sadly they were really struggling to get flights from Nadi to Los Angeles. So I was and have been just waiting around until I manage to get flight confirmations, which is sort of defeating the point of the reason why I want to leave. But long behold! I have my flights confirmed and I will be leaving for Fiji in just under a week, so I am excited to move on and spend my money wisely on new things, instead of hanging around and spending on hostels, food and Starbucks.

I am really sad to be ending my travels a lot sooner than expected and I absolutely loved it here, but it’s so expensive to travel and I just can’t afford to carry on like it. Also, the amount of stress and anxiety I have had recently really needs to come down! I have been feeling like my brain is going to explode from so many thoughts, for no reason at all!

So, I’m excited and a little bit sad too. But I have to move on and carry on enjoying myself for the time being!

I will be getting wifi in Fiji at my hotel, hopefully. I’m not too sure if it’s fast, but I will do my very best to try write up some posts before I go, so I can just schedule them or actually quickly post them when I’m in Fiji. I am going to be using the time to really relax and chill out, but I will also be my usual self, saying I’m going to relax but end up trying to be productive at the same time, too!

Don’t lost hope on the blog posts, they will still be coming! And expect quite a lot of Book Reviews too, I have been doing more catching up recently!
I’ll speak to you all soon!
xx

My Top Tips for visiting Disneyworld & Universal Theme Parks! (Part One?)

So, me and my dad have been to Orlando for quite a few years in a row now.
Just the two of us go as my mother doesn’t really enjoy thrill rides and she’s always working at that time of year. But, since we have been going for the past few years, we have discovered a few tips – not insane, mind-blowing ones, but ones that will definitely help you save money and time in the parks!

– At Epcot, visit ‘Club Cool’. It is a small building that has Coca Cola drinks machines, that you can pour your own beverages from, unlimited amount of times! Although, these flavours are completely different to what you’ve seen before, as they are different drinks from around the world!

– If you visit Universal Studios or Islands Of Adventure, definitely consider purchasing the $8.99 refillable cup which you can purchase at every refreshment stand, most shops and even some food places. This cup lets you get 99 Cent refills all day long, you can even bring this cup back into the parks with you time after time, as they technically don’t have a date on them! We have used ours for at least 3/4 years! You can also purchase the same from Seaworld and use it in their sister park, Busch Gardens. Saves a lot of money on the refreshments!

– If you don’t mind going on the rides on your own, then definitely jump in the ‘Single Rider’ queues! They are the best thing that I found when I visited the parks, they save you so much time! The idea is that people who don’t mind going on their own, get to jump the queue when there’s an empty seat on the ride (for example, when there’s a family of 3, there’ll be a spare seat..). It’s such a good idea as there’s nothing worse than waiting for hours for your favourite ride, when you could’ve already ridden it 4 times over! Also, half of the time, you’ll pretty much be a row behind your friend/family member or sometimes when the staff are lazy or the queue has gone too slow for them, they’ll put you on together! It’s definitely worth a try, as within an hour, we can ride about 3 rides! (The Harry Potter ‘Forbidden Journey’ Ride also has a single rider queue, but it’s hard to see as it’s so dark in there – so definitely ask a staff member!).

– Save on the steep car parking prices! For the majority of people, they will either have an annual pass (which contains free parking all year round) or they will end up paying at least $10 a day for parking in one park alone. A good idea, if you have the patience, is to drive to Downtown Disney and park your car there. You will be able to get a free Disney public transport bus to any of the Disney hotels, then catch the free bus or monorail again to any of the parks! People even sell their parking passes on ebay for certain seasons as they aren’t using them – so definitely check that out.

– One major thing we like to do, have a massive breakfast before going into the parks! We always opt for something big and filling, so it’s either Ponderosa (plenty of them around, do a cheap and cheerful buffet breakfast for under $10 including a drink!) or iHop, if you aren’t going to stuff yourself silly with cookies, ice cream and bacon for breakfast! The prices at the parks can be steep, even for snacks. The food is good in the restaurants though, but personally we get fed up of the fast food they mainly provide!

– On the opposite, definitely try the snacks in the parks like the churros – and taste the Chilli Cheese Fries in Universal Studios in the diner! Incredible and cheap!

– There’s two different versions of Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Personally, I would say to opt for the frozen versions it’s incredible and a lot sweeter than the liquid version you can get! Although, since last year I think there’s another variety again now – along with Butterbeer Ice Cream.

– Definitely try to seek out the hidden mickeys that are planted around Disneyworld – these are little hidden icons of the outline of Mickey Mouse’s head, there are hundreds of them around the park! You can purchase books which have clues to where they are on rides, at shows, on the walkways, buildings.. or you can simply google them and then attempt to find them yourselves! My favourite is on Pirates Of The Caribbean, as there’s a cat standing but whilst you pass it, it’s shadow creates a Mickey’s head shape.

– Look up some facts on the parks and impress people with your knowledge! There’s lots of secrets behind certain things on rides, such as human skulls being used within Pirates Of The Caribbean and the meanings behind the Bride’s jewellery in The Haunted Mansion. Even little quirky things, like on Splash Mountain there’s a character that pops out and shouts something along the lines of ‘GO NSU’ as one of the technicians

So, that’s all I have got for my Part One so far, if you enjoyed this then let me know and I’ll think of some other tips that we like to do whilst in Orlando! Let me know!
I know that this seems a little off topic, but I hope that this helped some of you!
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Want more Disney related blog posts? Check out some of these:

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

My Disney Jewellery Collection

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Tips on visiting the Disney and Universal parks!