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USA Trip : Day 27 – Another fibro flare and afternoon at Universal

Unfortunately I was still in a lot of pain when I woke up this morning and definitely not up to going to the parks. Athena also wasn’t feeling the greatest so we decided to stay home and rest up with the hope we could join Kevin and Christy later.

It was rather busy at the parks and (having missed early entry) poor Kevin ended up waiting in line for an hour (even with Express Pass) for one of the rides. They must also have visited Diagon Alley as Kevin took this photo.

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By 1pm I felt well enough (though still not that terrific) to try meeting up at the parks. I caught the boat and Athena rode their scooter (after getting off the boat to go back and pick up the wands) and we met near the Universal globe.

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Everyone was pretty hungry so went to have lunch at the Chocolate Emporium in City Walk.

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It looks so cool but there was a 20min wait and we were too hungry to stick around (though in hindsight we should have).

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Instead we headed into Islands of Adventure. Some of my research info was incorrect and we ended up walking ALL the way around to the other side of the park to find somewhere that had decent vegetarian food.

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We ended up at Thunder Falls Terrace.

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where we ended up with unhealthy but quite yummy food.

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The view from our table out on the terrace, where it was nice and quiet…

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and then just before we left…

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Of course we had to take this photo :-).

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Christy headed off on her own for a bit and we went to ride Kong, which I was very excited about it since it’s a new ride.

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So lucky we had express pass for this one as the wait was over an hour stand-by.

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Such a cool ride. I really love how it is done. Very innovative.

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Love the little details like this lamp in the Jurassic Park area.

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We then headed into the Harry Potter area.

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and onto the train station so we could catch the train to London.

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We LOVED the train. Again so clever and innovative.

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We disembarked at Platform 9 3/4 in London ie. Universal Studios.

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And were lucky enough to notice people waiting for a show to begin.

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It was really good and we were super glad we’d been able to see it. Not sure what it’s called – but it was about the flying fish market.

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Kevin pointed out this bird. I thought he was trying to trick me when he said it was real. But then I saw it move :-).

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Once again as the day turned to night we were able to enjoy all the lights.

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Athena and I then went on the Mummy ride. Kevin had already ridden last night and wasn’t worried about going again.

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I’d forgotten how good this ride is and I really enjoyed it except for one part when the drop really hurt my back.

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We then met up with Christy and had dinner at the Monsters Cafe (where they had also eaten last night).

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I got a side dish of potatoes as the only other vegetarian option was cheese pizza.

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We had been planning to stay for the Macy’s parade but I’d had enough by now, as had Kevin and Athena. I also still needed to do a load of laundry. Christy stayed behind to do some more rides and the rest of us walked back to the hotel (quicker than waiting for the boat). She also saw some of the floats and took some photos.

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She also managed to walk into a wall….at platform 9 3/4 no less :-).

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Kevin was kind enough to help do the laundry and do to the last pick up once it was complete. I worked on doing some more blog posts, which is getting harder now towards the end of the trip. (Note : I’m writing this a whole week after the event when we’re back at home).

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USA Trip : Day 26 – Universal Studios

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This morning we were out the door by 7.15am and on the boat to Universal Studios. We had about a 20min wait until the gates opened…

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then it was walk as fast as you can over to Hogsmede. It was our first time visiting here and we were so excited. Even though I’d seen video of people entering Diagon Aley for the first time – it still has that WOW factor.

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Unfortunately we soon found out that Gringotts, the ride everyone wanted to go on during early entry, was down and no-one knew for how long.

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Instead we took the opportunity to explore the shops and take photos while the crowds were still light. The attention to detail in both the Harry Potter lands is unbelievable.

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We had missed getting breakfast on our way in so chose to go to The Leaky Cauldron and share a few dishes.

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Christy had been a little moodier earlier this morning (no doubt due to lack of sleep) so in effort to make up for things offered to buy Athena (and herself) one of the interactive wands so they could do magic together. Such a sweet gesture.

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After we saw this…

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we visited….

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and the kids did some magic.

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By now the area was getting a lot busier.

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so we decided to head out.

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We got to meet the conductor (and driver) of the Knightbus. Christy got told to be careful waving her wand around as there were muggles about.

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Next up was the Men In Black ride.

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So much concentration…

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Time for some popcorn..

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while Christy went on the Simpson’s ride (another of those 3D simulator rides that Kevin and I aren’t a fan of).

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Then we got to meet the Simpsons.

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And Kevin had a lot of fun in Spongebob Storepants.

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It was another extreamely hot, humid day so even though we hadn’t had lunch yet, we all felt it was time for some dippin’ dots.

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Unfortunately the colourful ones (above) that Athena got weren’t that good so they ended up sharing my chocolate ones. Christy had cookie dough (and also shared with Athena) and Kevin had banana.

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After enjoying our ice cream we went on the ET ride. Always cute.

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And then the kids got to have photos with some of the Despicable Me girls.

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We had been going to do the Transformers ride but there was quite a wait so we decided on the Horror Make Up show instead.

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We had really enjoyed this last time but I didn’t think the guy this time was quite as funny. Still good though.

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Christy opted to stay at the parks a little longer when the rest of left. We stopped at City Walk and finally found somewhere for lunch. Athena had chinese and Kevin and I got Mexican again.

I had another salad bowl. For some reason I said sour cream instead of dressing so it wasn’t as good as it should have been.

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When we got back to our room, Athena went for a sleep while Kevin and I got changed and headed for the pool. We relaxed in the shade (since it was too hot in the sun even at 3pm) and had a swim. Kevin got himself another cocktail. Such a nice way to relax on holidays.

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I decided not to go back to the parks with the family in the evening as I just wasn’t feeling that amazing and wanted to be ready for another early entry in the morning.

Here’s a few photos to show what they got up to…

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I settled down with a cup of tea (after working out the kurig machine, which wasn’t hard at all). Not long after they left I started feeling a lot worse with pain, so it was lucky I hadn’t gone.

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I spent the evening watching vlogmas videos on YouTube and with the “kids” I was babysitting :-).

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