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    April 2014Awakening early on the morning after Coachella, we packed up our tent, mattresses and camping gear, and loaded everything back into our hire car. The drive out from the campground was slow, but eventually we stopped for some Starbucks for lunch and...

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    April 2014After one last stroll around Las Vegas, we picked up the car from Caesar's Palace. Today was going to be a day of ticking off so many things I've always wanted to see in the USA. First stop, the Hoover Dam. I'd seen so many photographs of this famous...

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    April 2014I headed back to Vancouver via the bus and ferry to the mainland, making a quick stop for some drinks and food at the Samesun Hostel in Vancouver for a few cheeky beers. Rob was kind enough to let me store my bags at the Front Desk whilst I stayed...

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    Canada: Victoria

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    April 2014As early April came, I decided that moving to Nova Scotia and following my heart back there was the best option. I packed up my belongings in Vancouver and headed on a ferry back to the island for one last trip in BC, to visit Victoria - missed on...

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    March 2014After a long drive through the Icefields Parkway, we arrived safely into Banff, after a brief stop to see Lake Louise. I can only imagine what Lake Louise looks like in Summer [see blog post in 2018 - Matt].We headed to Samesun Banff and were able...

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    March 2014Leaving Tofino, I caught a ride back to Nanaimo to catch a ferry back to Vancouver for the night through a very snowy and treacherous Roger's Pass which actually involved the car slipping out into a barrier. We gained control though, before nearly...

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    VancouverJanuary 2014 - February 2014Upon returning to Vancouver, I decided that I should start getting organised and settled. I spent sometime running around getting organised and yet every day I decided to spent one more day putting off what I wanted to...

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    Late January 2014Upon returning to Canada from America, I headed to a different hostel, Samesun Backpackers (a place where I would much later on in August be offered a job opportunity). When I stayed across the street, I had visited the bar for dinner and...

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    Departing Orlando early, after a long drive to Miami Beach, I arrived at the South Beach Hostel and checked in. Hungry and keen to see the beautiful beaches of Miami, I headed down the esplanade and found a hotel that was a offering a cheap lunch meal. Stunned...

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    January 2014

    Upon departing New Orleans on an 11 hour journey across the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, I arrived into Orlando at around 10am. Based on Brendan's advice who came from Orlando to New Orleans, he recommended the Days Inn which was close to Universal Studios, walking distance in fact. Definitely a great idea, I had a hotel room to myself for two nights with at only about $60 a night! I grabbed a taxi from the Greyhound terminal and made it to the hotel. Resting, I decided I had better go for a wander to Universal as I had planned to do it all the following day. This was a wise a choice as a two day pass wasn't too much more expensive and there are two theme parks right next to each other! I got to work and spent the afternoon and evening doing all sorts of rides around the park. The Harry Potter section was ridiculously amazing, as were most of the rides and attractions. As it had been raining most of the morning, it was rather quiet so I was able to get a lot of the rides in. The Jurassic Park ride involved a lot of water and I am glad I bought a rather expensive poncho so I could stay dry for the rest of the day, other people were soaked!

    After a long day of hopping on and off rides, I grabbed some dinner and a movie around the Universal Studios are the parks closed, and trotted back to the hotel for a long rest. Planning on waking up early, I slept in a little and took off to the studios, and went straight too the other park I didn't visit the day before. 

    After a long day, another dinner and another movie - and thoroughly pleased with the amusement parks, I stopped by TGI Friday's for a late drink and snack, and returned back to the Days Inn for a few hours sleep before a shuttle onwards to Miami Beach.