Hi everyone! We’re baaack! What a great trip we had!
We went to Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA in 15 days. We got married in Portland at Voodoo Doughnut and it was the most fun day of my life!
Our favourite city was Portland. I had my first French Dip sandwich there and sausage egg and cheese biscuit! The food in America was SO good … but now I have to go on a diet!
We had a favourite diner in San Francisco, Lori’s Diner on the corner of Sutter and Powell streets. I had my first grilled cheese sandwich there … it was splendid.
Las Vegas was amazing … won a lot of money, about $100 total. We’ll definitely go back to Portland and Las Vegas.
We stayed in Hollywood in LA and had a bad experience with the hop on hop off tourist bus, we only got to see Beverly Hills, the bus for downtown never came!
Mr Turtle and I got a bit tiddly at the Flamingo Casino in Vegas and he accidentally texted his Mother saying he was so happy to be able to call me his wife! It was meant to be a surprise when we got home!
We thought we were going to be kidnapped on our way to the airport to come home from LA. The shuttle service we were expecting, a white van, didn’t come, but a beat up old sedan car came and had no ID inside or outside the vehicle and the doors in cars in America all lock when the car engine starts or goes into gear so we thought we were trapped in the back! Next time we will order a different shuttle service that we used a bit in America.
I was really looking forward to San Fran … I’d waited my whole life to get there. But when we were there, it just felt like we were in just any other city. We talked to a lot of locals about that and they all said that San Fran has changed within the past couple of years due to the tech industry moving in. ButI got to see haight Ashbury and the golden gate bridge. And we went to a baseball game between the giants and cincinati (spelling??)
We had a great day on Fremont Street in Vegas … That place is like a party that never stops.
We were really confronted by the homelessness in America. We gave a lot of money to people on the streets because we know homelessness would be much harder in America than it is in Australia (mind you we give a lot of money to the homeless in Australia too).
It was really fun hanging out with my parents and one of my sisters in Portland in San Francisco. We went to a bar named Momo’s in Portland and had a great night together.
Oh and I love that people take their dogs with them everywhere in America. People don’t / can’t do that in Australia, dogs just aren’t allowed anywhere.
I got really good, really quickly at going through TSA security at airports … Jay was really worried it would be too overwhelming for me, but I’m a pro at it!
American people were really nice, we met some great people. Australian’s are laid back but more insular and grumpy by comparison.
The highlight was the wedding really. We’ve decided to go back and renew our vows at voodoo doughnut. The photographer was GREAT! I’m so glad I booked her.
There’s a lot of beauty in America, I’m glad I got to see it. I really can’t wait to go back and see more of the country! But it would be a hard place to live, there’s not the support we have in Australia with our medicare and PBS systems.
Oh and I was so shocked to see prescription medication advertised on TV! And those ads are long because they run through all the possible side effects.
Anyway, I’ll stop blabbering and add some photos for you now.
Our wedding donuts!
My first grilled cheese sandwiches … three types of cheese!