Hurricane Irma- My experience

When you decide to travel to foreign lands, i don’t think anyone anticipates the worst and sometimes we forget that mother nature is bigger than all of us and we shouldn’t under estimate the possibilities. Of course we were aware of hurricane season and understand the chances but i guess we didn’t expect the magnitude and category of Irma. During my time in Florida i was not fully aware of how big this hurricane was, not until family and friends from the UK began sending me worrying messages as the BBC was broadcasting this over 4,000 miles away,

Alex was confident and sure of the situation, me on the other hand… i was the polar opposite. I was terrified, I personally don’t think the news helped at times as they would hype the hurricane up to the point i would get so anxious.

where we taking a big risk staying in the central belt of Orlando?

should we go up north, Get a car and stay in a hotel ?

Should we get a flight before the chaos?

I have never experienced a hurricane and i had flash backs to when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and crying at the TV screen, i was asked by my teacher to write my own news report of the hurricane and i remember saying to my mum i hope one day i am never in the same situation, but here i am at 22 years old, in the eye of a hurricane currently at category 5, with storm surge, Active tornado’s and flash flood warnings. I was a tourist in every sense of the word.

The hurricane was delayed as it was only hitting 9 miles an hour in speed so we were not hit until Sunday/Monday. When Irma hit. Alex incredibly slept through the whole ordeal i was up all night watching and keeping an eye on the internet/news for updates. The weather was wild and nothing like i had ever experienced. The wind was ruthless leaving nothing in its path and the rain was lashing down as if it was monsoon season. But the hurricane was not as bad as anticipated and was surely an interesting and incredible experience. We lost 2 and half days of our holiday but talking to other Floridians some of them lost much more and you could not help but feel blessed, one woman was only concerned that her family survived, their roof was destroyed and upstairs flooded but all she could say was “All i care about is my family, they are here and healthy i can always re buy the roof, but i cant re buy them..” Literally left me stunned at the resilience and positivity within the sunshine state. Many that were severely affected seemed to look on the brighter side of the hurricane. It is an experience i will never forget. It certainly is a story for the next generation to hear about, it sounds like a fantasy tale but really it could not have been more real.

Any advice i could give is take all the advice and information you are provided during a Hurricane don’t play the hero and ride it out, without precautions in place and if your travelling to a more tropical climate with potential severe weather conditions do some research before hand.

Although Irma was scary it did teach me how i assess and evaluate things in life, as life is so unpredictable you should live everyday like its your last and not allow negativity to consume your life, I would certainly go back to Florida in a heartbeat, Hurricane or No Hurricane Florida has a special place in my memories and I simply had the best time.

until next time Florida!

Macara

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Where’s Good to eat in Florida – A Helpful guide from my experience

Florida is HUGE, with some many options, so much choice and not a clue where to go for decent grub then follow my eatery guide, I never had a bad meal or bad experience even in McDonald’s so follow my guide for where to go in Foodie Florida

Olive Garden 

An Italian Franchise that offers fast, friendly Family dinning. Similar to Frankie and Benny’s in the UK. The portions were really well sized with complimentary salad and bread on each table prior to serving. Olive Garden provide a refillable drink service which is great for getting re-hydrated and ready for the day or night. Two starters, Salad, Bread, Two mains and two drinks $70.

Blaze Pizza – Blaze pizza is a great place to go for a tasty pizza, with prices starting at $10 you can customise your own pizza as it is cooked to order, blaze do refillable drinks which provides some really tasty iced teas and lemonades. $20 Dollars for two mains and two drinks.

D- luxe Burgers – Is the best place for an amazing burger in Disney springs, Lush location with delicious food, we got the ultimate package which meant two deluxe burgers, two sides and two drinks for $35 which was at a set price. Really loved the style of the eatery and the value of food for the money.

Raglan road Irish Pub–  Irish pub situated in Disney springs, we went for an evening for a few drinks they serve magners and other beers on draft, food is available but we never tried any. Drinks vary from $8-15

Flame Tree BBQ– Animal Kingdom Bean burgers with chips, really nice location surrounded by wildlife and nature, tasty food and great stop of point for lunch or dinner. $30 dollars.

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Flame Tree BBQ

Rain forest Cafe – Animal Kingdom steak and a platter of Caribbean meats. Highly recommend the rain forest  cafe for ambience and a cool dinning experience. The one in Animal Kingdom is the largest rain forest cafe and it is certainly impressive. Two drinks and Two mains $60/70 Dollars.

Resterauntosaurus– id a fun dinosaur themed eatery in Animal Kingdom, we had x2 chilli dogs and chips and two drinks came to $30.

Sci-Fi Dine in theatre– Hollywood studios, this is another themed dinning experience that allows you to eat the comfort of your own 1940’s car at the dine in theatre. We had  Traditional american burger and BBQ burger with a side of onion rings. $70 Dollars for one starter, two mains and two drinks.

Rosie’s all American Cafe– Found within Hollywood Studios 8 piece mcnuggets and chips was ideal for us to keep us going and you get plenty, as photographed below. $30 dollars for two mains and two drinks.

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Rosie’s All American Cafe

Coral Reef restaurant -Situated in Epcot this themed dinning experience lets you eat under the sea, we had Braised beef and Mahi Mahi fish was was splendid. We had a starter, two mains and a few alcoholic drinks, this was a fine dinning experience and cost over $100 dollars expensive but SO worth it.

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Glow in the dark Cocktail- Coral Reef restaurant

 

Ihop- lake buena vista All american sampler breakfast was incredible photographed below, lots of sausages, bacon, Ham, Eggs and Hash brown. YUM all for $10 including three buttermilk pancakes. $30 dollars for two coffees, two orange juices and two mains.21728142_10214842110752972_1809921219684650805_n

Dennys– I recommend the all day breakfast plus unlimited coffee, Really enjoyed the blueberry pancakes and our hostess even gave us a coffee to take away, 10 points for ultimate customer service to a coffee addict. $30 dollars for two coffees, two orange juices and two mains.

Shoneys–  Classic dinner offering breakfasts and all you can eat buffet options, I loved the chicken strips, gravy and mash certainly brought back a taste from home.  $30 Dollars for two mains and two drinks.

Mcdoanlds– I recommend  the Double bacon cheese burger and McNuggets with BBQ sauce. So many McDonald’s to choose from but also the biggest McDonald’s is situated in Florida, certainly worth a visit, plus slightly bigger portions. $15 dollars for two burgers, 10 Mcnuggets, fries and two drinks

Burger King-  I recommend the   BBQ bourbon burger chips, double whooper,cheese toots and pancakes with syrup. The breakfast and afternoon menu is very reasonable and tastes much better than the UK burger king, $20 dollars for two whopper meals.

Caseys– situated in the Magic Kingdom this eatery offers an ideal lunch menu of beef hot dogs, chips and corn dog nuggets. Perfect view of Cinderellas castle from and beautiful surroundings. $30 for two giant hot-dogs

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Monster cafe– Universal studios we got chilli hotdogs and milkshakes, interior is based on Universal and Hammer films. Love the vintage twist on modern dinning.  $30 for chilli dog and unlimited drink.

Hard rock cafe- Universal studios-  Amazing  rib eye steak and Texan burgers. I highly recommend the cocktails. $70 for a starter, two mains and two alcoholic beverages.

Joffrey’s coffee and tea co– Great place for a coffee or smoothie and they do speciality Minnie mouse Latte’s! certainly worth a visit $5-6

Subway– Foot-long Meatball Mariana had to be done even in the states.  $15 for two foot long subs and a drink.

Seadog-  Our local but a franchise pub, crafts beers and ales on site and offers an amazing happy hour deal. Really nice, modern pub style with an old fashioned twist. $5-15

Dominoes pizza–  We had to get take out delivered to our hotel room, although dominoes is great the BBQ pizza’s are far more superior in the UK than US.  $20 two large pizzas

Unos Pizza – Reasonably affordable with lots of deals to pick from, although i was not keen on my buffalo based pizza, i preferred their dough balls more.  $20 dollars for two large pizzas and dough balls.

 

 

 

Universal Studios- Island’s of Adventure

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Universal has three main parks now, Universal studio’s, Islands of adventure and now their newest addition Volcano Bay. which i will share on its own dedicated post as their is lots to talk about there, now back to the movie magic of Universal studios and what a great time we had there, Hollywood rip, ride rockit was unbelievably epic and, i think possibly so far one of the best roller coasters i have experienced, with the option to pick your own music to accompany your fast trip journey along the tracks me and Alex rightfully chose Lim Bizkit Rollin which was an ace tune and suited the ride perfectly, I certainly had an adrenaline buzz afterwards.

The Incredible Hulk Roller coaster was awesome, simply from it being based on the Hulk. It certainly lived up to its name and the online hype. I loved exploring the wizarding world of harry potter and NGL.. i had tears in my eyes as i grew up with the franchise, owned every book and watched every film in the cinema (Tradition with the parents). The development of Diagon Alley, Hogwarts express and Hogsmeade was visually stunning and incredible.Of course i went to ollivanders and got my own WAND, unnecessary purchase to some people but very necessary to me !

Simpsons land was colourful and vibrant just like the cartoon series and the ride was pretty tripy, Americans love their motion and simulator rides A LOT, felt slightly dizzy and dazed coming out but it was truly interesting and fun experience, attached to the franchise. The little touches like Lard Lad doughnuts and their very own Moe’s tavern was fab and you could see how everyone interacting with it was truly in their element.

Another honourable mention is the return of the mummy which was an indoor built roller coaster ride filled with sharp twists and turns certainly one for the thrill seeker, filled with 4D stimulation’s, Pyrotechnics (Including an epic Fine Finale) and  funny ending from Brendan Fraser Himself… well a pre-recorded message but still it added more fun and excitement to the ride.

we ate at two places within Universal, The monster cafe and Orlando’s hard rock cafe situated near the entrance of universal studios. I 100% recommend the hard rock cafe’s although they come off slightly pricey the experience, the food and the beverages are enough to make it all worth it, plus if your a bit of rock n roll fanatic like myself then you will always love the interior design and collectables placed around the cafe itself.

Over all first time Universal Studios attendee, and i am truly impressed and want to re-visit this park again and others. i think universal studios has a special little place in my theme park loving heart.

 

Magic Kingdom

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Minnie Mouse Ears- Check

The most magical place on earth is certainly an understatement, Seeing the castle appearing within my view, the adrenaline kicking in as i see, hear and take everything in, this may sound corny but as a little girl, i dreamed of visiting Disney and seeing all their was to see but unfortunately my parents weren’t Disney dreamers like me and i enjoyed it through the movies, the music, the stores and stage performances. FINALLY being at the Cinderella’s castle was overwhelming and magical and i loved every second. I had my Minnie Mouse ears and i was ready to go and explore everything i could, I even made Alex go on prince charming’s carousel with me and we had enjoyed Mickey’s ice creams next to castle as i embraced the sunshine. We only ate once at Magic Kingdom and that was at Casey’s which is like a Victorian styled baseball themed cafe where you get the biggest Hot-dogs i think i have ever seen and the most perfect view of the castle as you dine, a really nice place for some lunch or for an afternoon snack. We enjoyed various rides such as space mountain and big thunder mountain. This park is very special and the amount of mini details are visible throughout, the magic is certainly there and the love for the classic park will certainly be eternal. Magic Kingdom never disappoints and i know i will be right back here real soon.

 “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney”

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Dream’s really do come true

 

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Cast me as a princess Walt ?
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Mickey Mouse Ice Creams
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Cinderella’s Castle
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Main Street
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It all started with a man and his mouse, Mickey Mouse
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Balloons for days
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Inside Cinderella’s castle

EPCOT

Epcot was interesting and so different from the other parks, a lot of the rides are based on education and science which was pretty fascinating. While we were at Epcot,the Food and wine festival was on, and Alex decided to try some beers from around the world we also had some German hot-dogs in Epcots Germany which provided some throw backs to mine and Alex’s trip to Munich for the real Oktoberfest! My favourite areas within the world showcase was Morocco and Japan as the colours and architecture was visually stunning and intriguing, I loved how distinguished both these countries looked although it was funny seeing the how the US views United Kingdom.. BUT hey most of it was spot on but funny seeing it at the same time.

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Glow in the dark Cocktail- Coral Reef restaurant

I made a dinning reservation for the Coral Reef restaurant which provides a unique dinning experience under the sea, huge aquariums surround the dinners as they eat in a, way under the sea. I enjoyed the glow in the dark cocktail, while sharks, turtles and divers passed the viewing windows. It was a truly magical experience and one i will not  forget it. The meal was delicious and it was a slightly more expensive dinning experience but for both of us it was worth every dollar.

 

 

 

Also Epcot is a huge character meet and greet point as we had a busy schedule we didn’t get to meet all the characters we met one of our favourites Baymax and he was certainly squishy and great with hugs.

Anyway over and out from me and Baymax Balalalalala !

Love Macara

x x x

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Picture with Baymax- Epcot – Photography Disney
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EPCOT Photography- Macara Morrison
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EPCOT- Japan Photography- Alex Judge
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EPCOT- China Photography- Alex Judge
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EPCOT- Morocco Photography- Alex Judge
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EPCOT- Morocco Photography- Macara Morrison

Blizzard Beach/ Typhoon Lagoon

 

 

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We went to both of Disney’s water park’s typhoon lagoon and blizzard beach which were awesome, I didn’t get as many pictures due to having too much fun and i was terrified of getting my phone/camera wet in the process. I love the set up and themes of both parks which had different looks and different rides and attractions available.  I loved getting a huge bucket of ice cream in an actual bucket, it came to $15 Dollars but so worth it. This was from Typhoon Lagoon Ice cream shack.

I loved all the slides and of course the lazy river, If you ever have a Disney trip planned i highly recommend making a trip out to water parks as they are great fun and a great place to cool off especially within the sunshine state.

 

 

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Florida- Animal Kingdom

Our first full day we spent at the wonderful Animal Kingdom we walked around looking at all the animals,the incredible birds of flight was stunning and having parrots caw over our heads in a multitude of colours was beautiful, transporting us to the tropics.

Me and Alex loved exhibition Everest and the Safari was so much fun. we ate three times at when at Animal Kingdom on two different days.

-Flame tree BBQ

-Rain forest cafe

-Resterauntosaurus

Which were all great places to eat and relax during the hot days. I also got to meet some characters including Donald duck,Pocahontas and baloo/ King Louie.

which was a bonus. I loved the ambience and energy of animal Kingdom it is a beautifully designed park with all the feels and vibes of being in Africa.

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love and Lattes in London- A day in pictures

Hello Spacers

Before our flight to Florida we spent a few days down south in London with Alex’s dad and the family, we enjoyed bank holiday Monday with one too many G&Ts and a delicious Chinese take away. Before our flight we went into the centre of London and visited Peggy Porschen which sells the best cupcakes according to vanity fair, but it was so busy we were only able to have a latte which went down smoothly and we re visited Buckingham palace and Big  Ben, it has been 4 years since we were last in the centre of London so we felt obliged to make an update visit and upgrade our photo album as we have changed a bit since those early love bird days.  Anyway now onto the good stuff our incredible trip over to the USA!

Love Macara

x x x

 

18/02/2017

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Today’s looks is very rock n roll inspired. I spent the day with family and friends visiting a vintage record sale, enjoying a latte from the cold and snapping pictures of my beautiful city Newcastle in all its glory. My look today was to incorporate my new favorite metallic skirt, with some black and white vans on my feet and my zara ‘kiss the boy’ tee famously posted about here – kiss the boy tee. I then layered my LA bomber jacket on top to add that certain grease is the word look to my outfit. Along with my shades i set off and took some amazing pictures and had a lovely time.

Hope everyone is having a sweet Saturday.

Love Cara

x x x

 

新年快乐 – Chinese New year in Newcastle

 

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Today me and Alex had an adventure into Newcastle’s china town to join the festivities of Chinese new year. 2017 is the year of the rooster, unfortunately not my year, but let’s hope that the year of the rooster brings good luck and prosperity. As we strolled through the streets of china town Chinese cooking filled the air and children were running around with their colorful dragons. China town was alive and booming. I especially loved the traditional Chinese new year dragon dance, the colours and atmosphere was electric and exciting. I couldn’t resist buying my own Chinese lucky dragon as a memorable keepsake from my first year experiencing Chinese new year in my home city. After wandering the streets of china town we headed up northumberland street and went into the hay market where a hidden gem lies. The recent opening off Shijo is my new favorite place to eat out not only is it reasonably priced if you are a student you can get discount off your food. Although Shijo appears small do not let its size deceive you as it packs a lot of punch and flavor into every dish.  A tasty treat that you can also take-away with you or sit in the cute little restaurant space. I truly loved experiencing a new cultural experience and i think i need to look into some travels over to Asia sometime in the future.

Love Cara

xxx