May Update: Jacksonville

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May has been spent house sitting a condo with a river view in Jacksonville, Florida. We’ve been enjoying home comforts and the ease of life in the US. We took a day trip to lovely Savannah, Georgia, visited the local Farmer’s Market, relaxed on Hanna Park beach, enjoyed the Florida sun by our pool, wandered the gardens at the Cummer Museum, and ate the best cheesecake ever at the French Pantry. Before we leave we’ll pay a trip to the oldest city in the US: St Augustine.

White chocolate & strawberry cheesecake at French Pantry, Jacksonville

White chocolate & strawberry cheesecake at French Pantry

Butterbeer at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Butterbeer at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Our week at Disney World gave us a taste for theme parks and as Orlando is “only” a 2.5 hour drive away we couldn’t resist a visit to Universal Studios’ Island of Adventure. Although no theme park can compare with Disney in our opinion, it was a fun day out riding the big coasters and drinking butterbeer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We aren’t actually Harry fans but the recreation of a snowy English village in the Florida sun was very well done. The butterbeer was a tasty but very sweet cross between root beer and cream soda with a permanent foamy head.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

It hasn’t been all fun of course. Staying in one place for four weeks has been a good opportunity to work and Simon’s just finished a massive coding project.

What’s Next?

We leave the Florida sun behind on Sunday for San Francisco. It’s one of our favourite cities and we are looking forward to spending a week catching up with friends and eating tasty vegetarian food. Then we’ll spend a few days in Seattle before catching the scenic coastal train to Vancouver for the TBEX travel bloggers conference. We’ll have eight days in the city so we’ll have plenty of time to explore as well as meeting up with online friends and attending all the conference events and parties.

In mid June we are flying back to the UK to visit family and friends. We’d like to visit Italy during the summer but don’t have any definite plans yet. This is when our plans change from our original plans for 2011. We were going to head back to the US and then to Central America to visit the countries we didn’t have time for previously. But after 14 months in Latin America, Asia is calling us and we have been offered a house sit in Kyoto, Japan for the end of August. We are really looking forward to experiencing Japanese culture before moving on to Southeast Asia.

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    • Savannah was very different from anywhere else we’ve been in the US, and everyone was so friendly.

      Not long to TBEX now – looking forward to meeting you too.


    • We are really excited about Japan – it’s great when these opportunities come up.

      No alligators in the river unfortunately. Apparently there are often manatees but it’s not the right season.


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