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Day 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 – Hawaii

Today we headed to downtown Seattle.

In the morning we hit the Pike Place Markets for a few hours. This is where you might have seen the fish mongers throw the Salmon around. We were just in time to see them through a few around which will look great on video – but we forgot to take any stills to share with you at the moment ūüôĀ

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Pike Place is one of the better markets we have been to. It is pretty big, discount however the quality of the goods is top notch. Kerrina could not get over how cheap and how pretty the flowers were.

Across the road from the Pike Place Market is home to the very first Starbucks store. We poked our head in for a quick look – because Pike Place has some heritage regulations they can’t change the store too much, so surprisingly it is a Starbucks that is actually a good coffee shop, instead of those cookie cutter Starbucks you get in Australia.

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After spending the morning downtown we jumped onto a ferry to do a cruise on Lake Washington. They call it the “Bridges and Billionaires” cruise, because you see a couple of bridges, and the homes of Seattle’s wealthiest – including Bill Gates (house below), a heap of Microsoft executives, the guy who started Amazon.com Jeff Bezos, the guy that started Costco, Starbucks, and more. It was a pretty nice cruise, and gave spectacular views of Mt Rainier in the distance.

After the cruise we made our way back to the hotel in the middle of nowhere for the last time ūüôā
Today we backed our bags to head to VEGAS!!!

Seattle was a bit of a pain in the behind with regard to what our Travel Agent booked for us.¬† They were thoughtful enough to book a transfer for us, page just forgot to book one that actually would pick us up from our hotel (slight technicality!).¬† After a phone call back to Australia, psychotherapist and some rather strong negotiation (Paul told them what was going to happen)… we hoped into our Corporate/Town Car and headed for the airport.

Only Kerrina got randomly¬†selected to get the special treatment by the TSA… however waiting in “the Pen” is something we have got used to on this trip.

The flight from Seattle to Vegas was pretty uneventful.¬† There were some great views out the left side of the plane when we flew over the top of Mt Rainier.¬† Pity we didn’t have easy access to a camera because it was spectacular.

We landed in Vegas around lunch time, and then spent about 40 minutes taxiing to our gate.  It was unbelievable how busy the airport was when we arrived Рthere were 11 aircraft lined up to take off, and a constant stream coming in to land.

We found our bags after our baggage carousel was changed without telling anyone, and headed straight to the strip!  We stayed at Planet Hollywood which has to be one of the better located casinos in Vegas Рdirectly across the road from the Bellagio.

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We arrived, dropped our bags and then started to explore.  One of the first places we came across was the Fat Tuesday Dacquiri Bar.  Now these are not your standard Treasury or Jupiters Casino dacquiris Рthese were strong and about 5 or 6 times the size. 

Once we had a few drinks we went to book our tour to the grand canyon and a show, before heading into the casino proper and checking out the scene.¬† Did you know that there is an eBay pokie now!¬† We tried it – it was pretty stupid (maybe because we didn’t win anything…)

That night we dressed up and headed out to check out the Bellagio Fountain at night Рit was a pretty impressive show, however a lot shorter than we thought it would be. 

After the fountain we went back inside to the fancy resturant at Planet Holywood РKOI.  Kerrina reliably informs me that a lot of the hollywood celebrities hang out there.  There were none this night, but we still had a great Japanese meal.

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Finally to end the night we hired a stretch limo for an hour to drive us up and down the strip.  We highly recommend it Рit was only $45 bucks, and a lot cheaper than the night tours you can do.  We saw all the sights, like the Las Vegas sign, the wedding chapels, all the casinos (and even the dodgy ones down the end of the strip).

Once we were back at the hotel we pretty much collapsed after a huge day of travel and sightseeing.
Today we backed our bags to head to VEGAS!!!

Seattle was a bit of a pain in the behind with regard to what our Travel Agent booked for us.¬† They were thoughtful enough to book a transfer for us, ask just forgot to book one that actually would pick us up from our hotel (slight technicality!).¬† After a phone call back to Australia, public health and some rather strong negotiation (Paul told them what was going to happen)… we hoped into our Corporate/Town Car and headed for the airport.

Only Kerrina got randomly¬†selected to get the special treatment by the TSA… however waiting in “the Pen” is something we have got used to on this trip.

The flight from Seattle to Vegas was pretty uneventful.¬† There were some great views out the left side of the plane when we flew over the top of Mt Rainier.¬† Pity we didn’t have easy access to a camera because it was spectacular.

We landed in Vegas around lunch time, and then spent about 40 minutes taxiing to our gate.  It was unbeliveable how busy the airport was when we arrived Рthere were 11 aircraft lined up to take off, and a constant stream coming in to land.

We found our bags after our baggage carosel was changed without telling anyone, and headed straight to the strip!  We stayed at Planet Hollywood which has to be one of the better located casinos in Vegas Рdirectly across the road from the Bellagio.

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We arrived, dropped our bags and then started to explore.  One of the first places we came across was the Fat Tuesday Dacquiri Bar.  Now these are not your standard Treasury or Jupiters Casino dacquiris Рthese were strong and about 5 or 6 times the size. 

Once we had a few drinks we went to book our tour to the grand canyon and a show, before heading into the casino proper and checking out the scene.¬† Did you know that there is an eBay pokie now!¬† We tried it – it was pretty stupid (maybe because we didn’t win anything…)

That night we dressed up and headed out to check out the Bellagio Fountain at night Рit was a pretty impressive show, however a lot shorter than we thought it would be. 

After the fountain we went back insie to the fancy resturant at Planet Holywood РKOI.  Kerrina reliably informs me that a lot of the hollywood celebrities hang out there.  There were none this night, but we still had a great Japanese meal.

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Finally to end the night we hired a stretch limo for an hour to drive us up and down the strip.  We highly recommend it Рit was only $45 bucks, and a lot cheaper than the night tours you can do.  We saw all the sights, like the Las Vegas sign, the wedding chapels, all the casinos (and even the dodgy ones down the end of the strip).

Once we were back at the hotel we pretty much collapsed after a huge day of travel and sightseeing.
Today we backed our bags to head to VEGAS!!!

Seattle was a bit of a pain in the behind with regard to what our Travel Agent booked for us.¬† They were thoughtful enough to book a transfer for us, overweight just forgot to book one that actually would pick us up from our hotel (slight technicality!).¬† After a phone call back to Australia, disease and some rather strong negotiation (Paul told them what was going to happen)… we hoped into our Corporate/Town Car and headed for the airport.

Only Kerrina got randomly¬†selected to get the special treatment by the TSA… however waiting in “the Pen” is something we have got used to on this trip.

The flight from Seattle to Vegas was pretty uneventful.¬† There were some great views out the left side of the plane when we flew over the top of Mt Rainier.¬† Pity we didn’t have easy access to a camera because it was spectacular.

We landed in Vegas around lunch time, syringe and then spent about 40 minutes taxiing to our gate.  It was unbelievable how busy the airport was when we arrived Рthere were 11 aircraft lined up to take off, and a constant stream coming in to land.

We found our bags after our baggage carousel was changed without telling anyone, and headed straight to the strip!  We stayed at Planet Hollywood which has to be one of the better located casinos in Vegas Рdirectly across the road from the Bellagio.

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We arrived, dropped our bags and then started to explore.  One of the first places we came across was the Fat Tuesday Dacquiri Bar.  Now these are not your standard Treasury or Jupiters Casino dacquiris Рthese were strong and about 5 or 6 times the size. 

Once we had a few drinks we went to book our tour to the grand canyon and a show, before heading into the casino proper and checking out the scene.¬† Did you know that there is an eBay pokie now!¬† We tried it – it was pretty stupid (maybe because we didn’t win anything…)

That night we dressed up and headed out to check out the Bellagio Fountain at night Рit was a pretty impressive show, however a lot shorter than we thought it would be. 

After the fountain we went back inside to the fancy resturant at Planet Holywood РKOI.  Kerrina reliably informs me that a lot of the hollywood celebrities hang out there.  There were none this night, but we still had a great Japanese meal.

P9120644

Finally to end the night we hired a stretch limo for an hour to drive us up and down the strip.  We highly recommend it Рit was only $45 bucks, and a lot cheaper than the night tours you can do.  We saw all the sights, like the Las Vegas sign, the wedding chapels, all the casinos (and even the dodgy ones down the end of the strip).

Once we were back at the hotel we pretty much collapsed after a huge day of travel and sightseeing.
Today we backed our bags to head to VEGAS!!!

Seattle was a bit of a pain in the behind with regard to what our Travel Agent booked for us.¬† They were thoughtful enough to book a transfer for us, overweight just forgot to book one that actually would pick us up from our hotel (slight technicality!).¬† After a phone call back to Australia, disease and some rather strong negotiation (Paul told them what was going to happen)… we hoped into our Corporate/Town Car and headed for the airport.

Only Kerrina got randomly¬†selected to get the special treatment by the TSA… however waiting in “the Pen” is something we have got used to on this trip.

The flight from Seattle to Vegas was pretty uneventful.¬† There were some great views out the left side of the plane when we flew over the top of Mt Rainier.¬† Pity we didn’t have easy access to a camera because it was spectacular.

We landed in Vegas around lunch time, syringe and then spent about 40 minutes taxiing to our gate.  It was unbelievable how busy the airport was when we arrived Рthere were 11 aircraft lined up to take off, and a constant stream coming in to land.

We found our bags after our baggage carousel was changed without telling anyone, and headed straight to the strip!  We stayed at Planet Hollywood which has to be one of the better located casinos in Vegas Рdirectly across the road from the Bellagio.

P9120627

We arrived, dropped our bags and then started to explore.  One of the first places we came across was the Fat Tuesday Dacquiri Bar.  Now these are not your standard Treasury or Jupiters Casino dacquiris Рthese were strong and about 5 or 6 times the size. 

Once we had a few drinks we went to book our tour to the grand canyon and a show, before heading into the casino proper and checking out the scene.¬† Did you know that there is an eBay pokie now!¬† We tried it – it was pretty stupid (maybe because we didn’t win anything…)

That night we dressed up and headed out to check out the Bellagio Fountain at night Рit was a pretty impressive show, however a lot shorter than we thought it would be. 

After the fountain we went back inside to the fancy resturant at Planet Holywood РKOI.  Kerrina reliably informs me that a lot of the hollywood celebrities hang out there.  There were none this night, but we still had a great Japanese meal.

P9120644

Finally to end the night we hired a stretch limo for an hour to drive us up and down the strip.  We highly recommend it Рit was only $45 bucks, and a lot cheaper than the night tours you can do.  We saw all the sights, like the Las Vegas sign, the wedding chapels, all the casinos (and even the dodgy ones down the end of the strip).

Once we were back at the hotel we pretty much collapsed after a huge day of travel and sightseeing.
This morning we had an early start to get out to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Not much to say really about today apart from about 9 hours of sitting on a bus watching arid landscapes go past, read more
and about 2 hours at the Canyon.

That being said, we did see a few highlights along the way.

First thing we came across was just outside Las Vegas, where we saw were they filmed some of Forrest Gump – the bit where he runs across America.

The next thing we saw (a lot more impressive than a bit of straight road that Tom Hanks jogged on) was Hoover Dam.¬† Dissapointingly we are one of the last few that will be able to drive over the dam – next year they will have completed a bypass which means you will only see the dam from a distance.¬† Why?¬† You guessed it… 9/11

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We then continued into Arizona and finally to the Grand Caynon.¬† Yep… its a canyon, and it is certainly grand.¬†

After photos and video at a few different spots, we got back on the bus towards Vegas.  A very long day but well worth it.
Today we backed our bags to head to VEGAS!!!

Seattle was a bit of a pain in the behind with regard to what our Travel Agent booked for us.¬† They were thoughtful enough to book a transfer for us, overweight just forgot to book one that actually would pick us up from our hotel (slight technicality!).¬† After a phone call back to Australia, disease and some rather strong negotiation (Paul told them what was going to happen)… we hoped into our Corporate/Town Car and headed for the airport.

Only Kerrina got randomly¬†selected to get the special treatment by the TSA… however waiting in “the Pen” is something we have got used to on this trip.

The flight from Seattle to Vegas was pretty uneventful.¬† There were some great views out the left side of the plane when we flew over the top of Mt Rainier.¬† Pity we didn’t have easy access to a camera because it was spectacular.

We landed in Vegas around lunch time, syringe and then spent about 40 minutes taxiing to our gate.  It was unbelievable how busy the airport was when we arrived Рthere were 11 aircraft lined up to take off, and a constant stream coming in to land.

We found our bags after our baggage carousel was changed without telling anyone, and headed straight to the strip!  We stayed at Planet Hollywood which has to be one of the better located casinos in Vegas Рdirectly across the road from the Bellagio.

P9120627

We arrived, dropped our bags and then started to explore.  One of the first places we came across was the Fat Tuesday Dacquiri Bar.  Now these are not your standard Treasury or Jupiters Casino dacquiris Рthese were strong and about 5 or 6 times the size. 

Once we had a few drinks we went to book our tour to the grand canyon and a show, before heading into the casino proper and checking out the scene.¬† Did you know that there is an eBay pokie now!¬† We tried it – it was pretty stupid (maybe because we didn’t win anything…)

That night we dressed up and headed out to check out the Bellagio Fountain at night Рit was a pretty impressive show, however a lot shorter than we thought it would be. 

After the fountain we went back inside to the fancy resturant at Planet Holywood РKOI.  Kerrina reliably informs me that a lot of the hollywood celebrities hang out there.  There were none this night, but we still had a great Japanese meal.

P9120644

Finally to end the night we hired a stretch limo for an hour to drive us up and down the strip.  We highly recommend it Рit was only $45 bucks, and a lot cheaper than the night tours you can do.  We saw all the sights, like the Las Vegas sign, the wedding chapels, all the casinos (and even the dodgy ones down the end of the strip).

Once we were back at the hotel we pretty much collapsed after a huge day of travel and sightseeing.
This morning we had an early start to get out to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Not much to say really about today apart from about 9 hours of sitting on a bus watching arid landscapes go past, read more
and about 2 hours at the Canyon.

That being said, we did see a few highlights along the way.

First thing we came across was just outside Las Vegas, where we saw were they filmed some of Forrest Gump – the bit where he runs across America.

The next thing we saw (a lot more impressive than a bit of straight road that Tom Hanks jogged on) was Hoover Dam.¬† Dissapointingly we are one of the last few that will be able to drive over the dam – next year they will have completed a bypass which means you will only see the dam from a distance.¬† Why?¬† You guessed it… 9/11

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We then continued into Arizona and finally to the Grand Caynon.¬† Yep… its a canyon, and it is certainly grand.¬†

After photos and video at a few different spots, we got back on the bus towards Vegas.  A very long day but well worth it.
This morning we had an early start to get out to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Not much to say really about today apart from about 9 hours of sitting on a bus watching arid landscapes go past, implant
and about 2 hours at the Canyon.

That being said, we did see a few highlights along the way.

First thing we came across was just outside Las Vegas, where we saw were they filmed some of Forrest Gump – the bit where he runs across America.

The next thing we saw (a lot more impressive than a bit of straight road that Tom Hanks jogged on) was Hoover Dam.¬† Dissapointingly we are one of the last few that will be able to drive over the dam – next year they will have completed a bypass which means you will only see the dam from a distance.¬† Why?¬† You guessed it… 9/11

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We then continued into Arizona and finally to the Grand Caynon.¬† Yep… its a canyon, and it is certainly grand.¬†¬† We would show you a photo

After photos and video at a few different spots, we got back on the bus towards Vegas.  A very long day but well worth it.
Today was a relaxing day were we got to explore around our Casino and lounge by the pool.

We woke up pretty late and headed across to the Bellagio to enjoy the highly recommended buffet over there.  After about 25 minutes in line (it is that popular!) we headed in.  It was great and we would recommend it to others as well.

After lunch we hit the shops looking for a few good deals.  Planet Hollywood is right beside the Miracle Mile Shopping Centre.  It is one giant loop that would have somewhere between 200 and 300 shops, here from your cheap tourist stuff right through to your expensive jewellery.  They even have indoor rain storms every 30 minutes which are pretty cool.

We then went to lounge by the pool in the sun.¬† There were a few VIP tents across the pool from us.¬† At first we didn’t think there were many celebrities around – there were a few black guys that looked like NFL players but that was it.¬† But as the afternoon went on a few that we recognised showed up.

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There was the daughter out of Gilmore Girls – can’t remember her name, ophthalmologist but she was there with here entourage of similarly skinny and nuclear white friends.

But just as we were about to leave you will never guess who showed up… MINI-ME!¬† Verne Troyer, the guy that played mini-me in Austin Powers was beside the pool with his posse.¬† We were both surprised by just how small he is – he really is about the size of a baby.¬† He looked even smaller when one of the suspected NFL players went to shake his hand.

After dinner we went to the show we booked a few days ago – a magic show by Steve Wywick.¬† It was pretty good, however we had seats in the second row which meant you could kinda see how he was doing the illusions.¬† The icing on the cake was being able to hear the chains they used to drag in a lear jet when it was supposed to “appear out of thin air”.¬†

We then headed back into the casino.  Kerrina had a punt on Roulette and did pretty well, pretty much tripling her money.  Paul sucked and lost it all (all $20 bucks).
Today was a relaxing day were we got to explore around our Casino and lounge by the pool.

We woke up pretty late and headed across to the Bellagio to enjoy the highly recommended buffet over there.  After about 25 minutes in line (it is that popular!) we headed in.  It was great and we would recommend it to others as well.

After lunch we hit the shops looking for a few good deals.  Planet Hollywood is right beside the Miracle Mile Shopping Centre.  It is one giant loop that would have somewhere between 200 and 300 shops, order from your cheap tourist stuff right through to your expensive jewellery.  They even have indoor rain storms every 30 minutes which are pretty cool.

We then went to lounge by the pool in the sun.¬† There were a few VIP tents across the pool from us.¬† At first we didn’t think there were many celebrities around – there were a few black guys that looked like NFL players but that was it.¬† But as the afternoon went on a few that we recognised showed up.

There was the daughter out of Gilmore Girls – can’t remember her name, but she was there with here entourage of similarly skinny and nuclear white friends.

But just as we were about to leave you will never guess who showed up… MINI-ME!¬† Verne Troyer, the guy that played mini-me in Austin Powers was beside the pool with his posse.¬† We were both surprised by just how small he is – he really is about the size of a baby.¬† He looked even smaller when one of the suspected NFL players went to shake his hand.

After dinner we went to the show we booked a few days ago – a magic show by Steve Wywick.¬† It was pretty good, however we had seats in the second row which meant you could kinda see how he was doing the illusions.¬† The icing on the cake was being able to hear the chains they used to drag in a lear jet when it was supposed to “appear out of thin air”.¬†

We then headed back into the casino.  Kerrina had a punt on Roulette and did pretty well, pretty much tripling her money.  Paul sucked and lost it all (all $20 bucks).
Today was pretty much a day lost to travel.

Our first leg was Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Las Vegas airport had been shut down earlier in the morning so there was a bit of a back log when we went to check in. Again we both got “randomly selected” for special treatment for going through security.

The flight from LV to LA is about 35 minutes, link however we spent about an hour and a half sitting in the plane on the ground between the two gates. So all up it would have been almost faster to drive.

We had to change terminals in LA because we were switching airlines. That unfortunately meant we had to go through security again. Suprise suprise, thumb when we pick up our boarding passes for the LA to Honolulu leg… guess what – SSSS – we are selected again for special treatment “at random!” We must be blacklisted or something!

The line for security was absolutely huge – people were complaining that they had been in line for over 90 minutes and were no where near the x-ray machines. We kept walking looking for the end of the line.

We thought we found it, pharm and walked down the roped aisle, but as we got closer we realised that we had walked down the First Class express security line. We both played dumb (which we were because we still can’t figure out where the end of the line really was), and the nice TSA man let us through.

Once inside the terminal we still had another 5 hours to wait because our flight was delayed an hour – which meant we made it to Honolulu late in the evening.

Kerrina’s family decided to fly out for a week in Hawaii when we booked our trip, so when we arrived they were already at the hotel waiting to greet us.
Today was pretty much a day lost to travel.

Our first leg was Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Las Vegas airport had been shut down earlier in the morning so there was a bit of a back log when we went to check in. Again we both got “randomly selected” for special treatment for going through security.

The flight from LV to LA is about 35 minutes, illness however we spent about an hour and a half sitting in the plane on the ground between the two gates. So all up it would have been almost faster to drive.

We had to change terminals in LA because we were switching airlines. That unfortunatlely meant we had to go through secutiry again. Suprise suprise, when we pick up our boarding passes for the LA to Honolulu leg… guess what – SSSS – we are selected again for special treatment “at random!” We must be blacklisted or something!

The line for security was absolutely huge – people were complaining that they had been in line for over 90 minutes and were no where near the x-ray machines. We kept walking looking for the end of the line.

We thought we found it, and walked down the roped aisle, but as we got closer we realised that we had walked down the First Class express security line. We both played dumb (which we were because we still can’t figure out where the end of the line really was), and the nice TSA man let us through.

Once inside the terminal we still had another 5 hours to wait because our flight was delayed an hour – which meant we made it to Honolulu late in the evening.

Kerrina’s family decided to fly out for a week in Hawaii when we booked our trip, so when we arrived they were already at the
Our time in Hawaii has been pretty laid back – basically a recovery week before we head back to work ūüôĀ

Most of our time has been spent sleeping, buy eating, shopping, swimming, and sun baking.  However we have done a few little side trips whilst we are here.

We checked out Pearl Harbour and the USS Arizona Memorial which was pretty moving.  We then went on board the USS Missouri which is where the Japanese surrender in World War II was signed.

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Paul went Mountain Biking on the other side of the island.  When he booked it he thought it would be just a nice ride through a valley, but when he got there he realised it is the valley where hollywood does a lot of filming.

Like Jurassic Park

Like Pearl Harbour

Like Godzilla

Like Lost

… and about 50 other movies or TV shows.¬† The scenery was spectacular, but unfortunately the ride was cut a little short due to the fact that the Lost production crew were there filming scenes for series five of Lost.

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Whilst Paul was Mountain Biking, Kerrina and her family when for a bus tour around the island.

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We all went to a traditional Luau and ate Pig that was cooked underground, and watched some attractive locals dance and run around in grass skirts.

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Finally we have ate a few meals at Duke’s Bar at Waikiki, which has to be one of the best places to eat in Hawaii (and conveniently downstairs at the Outrigger where we are staying).¬† Duke was the guy that pretty much started modern surfing, and there are a few memorials around the place for him.

Today as I write this is our last day in Hawaii, and the last day of our holiday before we hop on a plane home.  Tonight we leave just before mid-night on our way to Auckland, and then back to Brisbane.  We totally skip Saturday 20 September this year due to crossing the International Date Line, which basically means we are back to work sooner than we really want to be!

We will post a few more photos up here when we get home… but for now, thanks for reading about our holiday and we both hope you have enjoyed seeing what we have been up to!

Paul and Kerrina

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Day 0 – Brisbane to Toronto

We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!¬† Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!¬† Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
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you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!¬† Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
This is an example of a WordPress page, discount
you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.
We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, endocrinologist
so if you want to follow¬†us on¬†(INSERT REALITY TV¬†VOICEOVER) “our journey”¬†you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com¬†(better yet subsribe to the update email using the box¬†in the right hand column), subscribe via the RSS feed,¬†or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
We are on holidays for FIVE weeks!¬† Follow our (as they would say on any reality TV show) “journey” as we check out Canada and bits of the United States.
This is an example of a WordPress page, discount
you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.
We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, endocrinologist
so if you want to follow¬†us on¬†(INSERT REALITY TV¬†VOICEOVER) “our journey”¬†you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com¬†(better yet subsribe to the update email using the box¬†in the right hand column), subscribe via the RSS feed,¬†or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
… until we get on the plane to Canada and the US¬†ūüôā

We are going to regularly post photos and stories from our trip as we go along, prothesis
so if you want to follow¬†us on¬†(INSERT REALITY TV¬†VOICEOVER) “our journey”¬†you can regularly check http://holiday.paul-woods.com¬†(better yet subsribe to the update email using the box¬†in the right hand column), decease
subscribe via the RSS feed, or hopefully follow with the notes that will appear in Facebook.

Paul and Kerrina
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After what felt like a lifetime… we finally made it from Brisbane to Toronto.¬† All up it took about 30 hours to get from home to the hotel room.¬† Here is a quick recap of the highlights.

  1. Brisbane Airport – Paul got¬†the explosive trace test and¬†special hands on treatment by a very nice security man at Brisbane Airport –¬†the security guard¬†must have been bored because we were the only ones going through security at the time.
  2. NZ136 (Brisbane to Auckland) –¬† Air New Zealand’s in filght entertainment was pretty good, public health managed to catch three episodes of 30 Rock.¬† Paul scored a middle seat.
  3. Auckland Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo (the old Aussie surfing world champ) getting on our flight.¬† Also we think we saw the kid from Billy Elliot… although now he doesn’t look like a kid, women’s health more like a guy with really skinny legs.
  4. NZ6 (Auckland to Los Angeles) Р12 hours of economy class sucks.  Period.  Managed about an hour of sleep each which meant that the flight felt like it lasted forever.  Movies that we caught include The Worlds Fastest Indian, Kung Fu Panda, and Drillbit Taylor (the later being responsible for our sleep, because it sucked!).  Paul scored a middle seat
  5. Los Angeles Airport – We spotted Mark Occhilupo getting off the plane.¬† No sign of Billy Elliot.¬† He may be still on the plane¬†stuck in¬†a crack between two seats.¬† Went through Customs, did the fingerprint and photo thing.¬† Collected our bags and noticed¬†that¬†somewhere along the journey someone¬†had ripped the tags off, which meant having to re-check in at the Air Canada desk.¬† Not a problem until we realised because we checked our bags in twice for this flight that it put us on the “Special Treatment” list by the TSA.¬† Which mean that Paul got the special hands on treatment by a nice black man this time.¬† Kerrina got to join in as well, apparently her black woman had very soft hands.
  6. AC744 (Los Angeles to Toronto) РWe sat beside what has to be the only Chinese man who lives in Townsville.  Had a got chat to him which kept us awake for the 4 hour flight.  Paul scored a middle seat AGAIN!
  7. Toronto Airport – We landed on the runway at Toronto airport where an Air France plane landed a few years ago and burst into flames (not that they told us that on the plane).¬† The Canadian border control chick looked like Avril Lavinge, and acted like her too…
  8. Toronto Airport to the Hotel Рroadworks on the highway leaving the airport (just like the Gateway at home!).  Spotted the CN Tower in the distance, which at night looks spectacular Рthey light it up with different coloured lights that cycle through).  Finally got to the hotel about 12:30am (about 2:30pm Brisbane time).  And then finally some sleep after a couple of very sleep deprived days.

Paul and Kerrina

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