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Journey Back

Posted by Jen on Aug-1-2010

On July 27, 2010, Ivan and I packed our backpacks up.  We checked out of the hotel.  We left around noon headed towards Heathrow airport.

We were going to different terminals.  I said bye to Ivan and Lil Dave.  I was going to Terminal 4.  Ivan had to get to Terminal 5.  We had different flights to Las Vegas.

Ivan and Lil Dave boarded the plane at 4 pm with a direct flight to Vegas.  My journey would take a lot longer.  I got on the plane at 5 pm headed to JFK in New York.

Ivan arrived at 7pm in Las Vegas.  I arrived at 8 pm.  I had to retrieve my bag.  Then, I checked in my bag for my flight in the morning.

The airport security wouldn’t let me in to the gates.  So, I had some chips at Dunkin’ Donuts.  I talked to Ivan on Skype.  I watched lots of shows on the laptop.  I didn’t want to go to sleep since I didn’t think I would wake up in time.  I was so tired.  I only slept about 4 hours on the plane.

I headed to the gates at 5 am on July 28th.  I got some breakfast  I went to the gate and slept for an hour.  We left for Las Vegas at 7:30 am.  I slept a few hours on the plane.

I arrived at 9:40 am.  My mom picked me up.  She took us to the house and I picked up my car.  Then, I headed to the condo Ivan and I will be staying at, which is located on the Las Vegas Strip.  It’s crazy that it took me 24 hours to get to Vegas. 

That’s the end of the Europe trip.  Thanks for reading the blog!!

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City Comedy

Posted by Jen on Jul-30-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got a train to the city on July 26, 2010.  We had sandwiches at Pret a Manger.

We really wanted to see Inception, but it wasn’t play until 5 pm.  So, Ivan thought we should just pick a movie. 

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We went to see City Island.  It’s about a family that live in City Island who have a lot of secrets.  It was interesting.  We thought it was a good movie.

We walked around.  It was time for dinner so we walked to Masala Zone.  It’s a great Indian restaurant.  Ivan and I each had a grand thali with a chicken curry. 

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It was tasty food.

Then, we walked to The Comedy Store.  We met up with Neal and his friends James and Tom.  It was King Gong night.  It’s where regular people go up and try out their comedy.  They have to last 5 minutes.  They can get gonged off if they’re not good.  It was a pretty funny show.

We went back to the hotel and used the internet.

– City Island poster from IMP Awards

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Funny Sushi

Posted by Jen on Jul-29-2010

On July 25, 2010, Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to lunch with Ivan’s parents at The Harvester.  Ivan had salmon with peri peri sauce.  I had chicken breast with peri peri sauce.  Lil Dave had a banana kebab with a honey sauce.  The food was tasty.

We said goodbye and thanks to Ivan’s mum.  Ivan’s dad gave us a ride to the train station.

We checked in to the Britannia International Hotel.  It’s a nice hotel in Canary Wharf.  

We used the internet for awhile.

We got a train to the city,  We met Ivan’s brother Neal at Hi Sushi Izakaya.  We decided to do the all you can eat sushi.  Lil Dave got special banana sushi made for him. 

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We ordered so much food including miso soup and chicken yakitori.  The food was alright, nothing special at all.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I went to The Comedy Store.  We saw the hilarious improv with the Comedy Store Players.  It’s always great to see since it’s never the same.  Paul Merton is definitely the funniest one.  Ivan and I would love if Las Vegas had great comedy clubs like The Comedy Store.

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Greek Ripper

Posted by Jen on Jul-28-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I got a train to London on July 24, 2010.  Ivan’s mom made us sandwiches.  We ate the tuna sandwiches on the train.

We walked to Covent Garden and checked out the shops.

Lil Dave went to see Toy Story 3.  Ivan and I went to see Get Him to the Greek. 

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We heard that it was a hilarious movie.  It was funny, but we thought it would be funnier.  Sean Combs was really funny.  It got a bit sappy towards the end of the movie.

We had dinner at Satsuma.  Ivan and I shared tofu steak.  I had yaki soba with chicken and vegetables.  Ivan had udon noodles with chicken and vegetables.  Lil Dave had yaki soba with chicken and he added bananas on top.  It was tasty as usual.

We went to Tower Hill.  We joined the Jack the Ripper walking tour.  I used to be obsessed with Jack the Ripper.  I used to read all about the case online years ago.  I found it very fascinating that the murderer was never found.  We had a great guide who was funny.  We saw three of the murder sites.  It was very interesting to hear the theories and the stories about the gruesome murders.

– Get Him to the Greek poster from IMP Awards

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Slow Walking

Posted by Jen on Jul-27-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had lunch at the house on July 23, 2010.

We chilled for awhile in the house.

Ivan, Lil Dave, Ivan’s family and I went into Southend to go shopping.  I bought clothes at Primark.

We walked along the seafront. 

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We saw the longest pier in the world.  Then, we walked back to the car and drove back.

We used the internet.

We got into the car headed towards dinner.  It was a 45 minute drive to Woodham Mortimer.  We had a reservation at 7:30 pm at The Hurdlemakers Arms.

Everybody ordered.  It took over an hour for the potato and leek soup to arrive.  It was busy in there, but we couldn’t believe how long it took.  Dinner came 20 minutes later.  Lil Dave had a nice banana tart.  Ivan and I shared a vegetarian lasagna and a tartan tart.  The tart was really good. 

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The food was good, but the service was super slow.  It was definitely the slowest service we’ve ever had in a restaurant. 

Ivan’s dad drove back to the house which didn’t take as long as driving there. 

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Relaxing

Posted by Jen on Jul-26-2010

Ivan, Lil Dave and I chilled in Southend on July 22, 2010.

Ivan’s mum cooked up lunch.  We had tasty veggie burgers.  Lil Dave put bananas on his veggie burger.

We used the internet and relaxed.  My throat was hurting.

Ivan’s brother Neal came to stay at his parent’s house for two nights.  We had a good dinner made by Ivan’s mom.  Ivan and I had salmon dishes.  Lil Dave had a banana sandwich.

Later on, Ivan, Neal and I walked to Parsons Barn. 

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We had a few drinks and chatted.

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Billy Elliot

Posted by Jen on Jul-25-2010

Ivan went into London on July 21, 2010 around noon.  I woke up at 2 pm. 

I got ready.  I took the train to London. We went to get a frozen yogurt at Snog.  I’ve been thinking about these tasty treats lately.  It was delicious!

We walked around more.  I was getting hungry.  Ivan wasn’t hungry since he had a big lunch at Busaba Eathai.  I had a spicy noodle dish with chicken at Wetherspoon’s. 

We walked to the Victoria Palace Theatre.  We sat down to see Billy Elliot

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It’s about a boy who becomes interested in ballet.  The story also shows the hardships of  the people in Durham, a Northeast England town, during a mining strike.  The dancing and the singing was amazing.  What an awesome musical!

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Flying Beach

Posted by Jen on Jul-24-2010

I was really tired on July 20, 2010.  I kept waking up during the night. 

We checked out of Hostal Pitiusa Residencia.  We stored our backpacks in their storage area.

Ivan and I ate salmon and goat’s cheese paninis for lunch.  Lil Dave had a banana and honey panini.

We walked to the beach.  Ivan floated on the water on his float.  He went really far.  He likes reading newspapers and magazines while he’s on the float.  I laid down on a lounge chair.  I slept for a few hours. 

I read a few newspapers like the Daily Mail.

We walked back to the hotel to use the internet.

We had dinner at Soleado.  This restaurant overlooks the water and is even closer than Marco restaurant.  We had a great view of the sea. 

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We started off with a tasty fish soup.  Lil Dave had chicken stuffed with bananas.  Ivan and I shared a salmon dish and a smoked salmon, avocado and chantilly.  The food was average. 

We walked back to the hotel and used the internet.  We got a taxi at 11:45 pm.

We arrived at the airport.  We were flying back to England.  There were three flights to London: Luton, Stansted and Gatwick.  The Luton won was delayed for 2 hours, our flight to Stansted was on time and the Gatwick flight was canceled.  So, Easyjet was trying to get as many people from the canceled flight on our flight.  The rest were given a free night’s stay in a hotel and they would flight out the next morning.

We boarded our flight at 1:15 am.  The flight was 2 hours and 15 minutes.  We arrived at 2:30 am. 

We were picked up by a private car.  He took us to Ivan’s parents home in Southend. 

We got there and were very tired.  It was time for bed.

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Caribbean Chillin’

Posted by Jen on Jun-9-2010

Ivan and I woke up at 12 pm on June 6, 2010.  Lil Dave was already up and he was talking to his dad Big Dave on Skype.

We chilled in the hotel.  We ate the sandwiches that we had bought yesterday at Pret a Manger.  They have very tasty sandwiches.  I wish Pret had stores in Las Vegas.

We checked out of the Radisson Edwardian hotel at 2:30 pm.

We put our backpacks on and headed to the train station.  We boarded the train headed to Stratford.

We walked down the street to Caribbean Scene.  Ivan wanted to check out this restaurant.  We almost at there once when we stayed in Stratford before.

It took forever to get our food since it was so busy.  The food arrived 30 minutes later. 

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Ivan got a jerk chicken while I got the bbq chicken.  It was tasty food!

We got the shuttle to Stansted Airport.  It took 45 minutes.  From the airport, we got a £12 cab ride to the hotel. It was expensive 5 minute ride to the hotel.

We checked in to the Travelodge.  We had a day of chillin’ in the hotel.  We watched tv and used the internet.  It’s always great to have a day of chillin’ out.  Tomorrow, we’re flying to Poland.  We tried to sleep early, but we ended up falling asleep at 11:30 pm.

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Shopping and Dancing

Posted by Jen on Jun-8-2010

I woke up around 11:30 am on June 5, 2010.  Ivan and Lil Dave were already awake.  We got ready to go out.

We took the train into the city.  We went to Trafalgar Square for the Thai Festival. We were thinking about getting food at the festival.  There was a few different food stalls there.  It was busy and the food didn’t look too exciting.  So, we walked to Pret a Manger for a sandwich.

We walked to Oxford Street.  Ivan wanted to find a pair of jeans and dress shoes for tonight.  Ivan and I would be attending the nightclub Ministry of Sound.  We shopped for so long.  We went in numerous stores and we weren’t having any luck.  It was such a hot and humid day.  I wish I had worn shorts.  At one point, it started sprinkling for a few minutes.  We liked the rain since it was so hot, but it didn’t last very long.

Ivan went back to Topman and found some jeans and a good pair of black dress shoes. 

We walked to Snog.  I’ve been craving the frozen yogurt.  Ivan got a classic size with natural yogurt with raspberries and super foods.  Lil Dave got a little size with natural yogurt with bananas and extra bananas.  I got a little size with natural and chocolate swirl with strawberries and super foods.  It tasted awesome and cooled us down.

We stopped at GNC, Superdrug and Holland and Barrett to do more shopping.

It was finally time to head back to hotel.  We chilled and got ready in an hour.  Lil Dave stayed in to study his Math and jump on the bed.

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We were all dressed up for the club.  Ivan’s friend Simon would be DJing at Ministry of Sound tonight.  He told us that he’d be at a pub at 8 pm.  We were running late.  Ivan set up a cab to pick us up at 8:30 pm.  Unfortunately, there was bad traffic in South London since there was a tunnel closed.  We decided to jump on the train instead.  The Bank train was closed.  So, we had to get off at Tower Getway.  Then, we got a taxicab to Elephant & Castle. 

We went to the Wetherspoons Pub to meet up with Simon and his friends.  It was 9:30 pm.  We couldn’t find Simon anywhere.  Ivan didn’t have Simon’s cellular number.  So, we decided we should get some food and wait.  Ivan ordered pita with three dips, a cous cous salad and a Mexican wrap.  I had some of the dips and the tasty Mexican wrap.  Ivan called Simon’s house number to see if he was still at home.

Simon showed up at 10 pm.  It was a good thing we didn’t get there at 8 pm.  We chilled with Simon and his friends.  We met two other DJs David and Mark that would be spinning tunes later too.  Everybody had some drinks.

It started raining really hard outside.  We left the pub at midnight.  We were trying to run to the club since it was pouring outside.  We were really wet when we arrived.  Ivan bought discounted tickets from Simon earlier for the club. 

We checked out the rooms.  Baby Box is where Simon, David and Mark would be DJing. 

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There was also the Box room which has springs under the floorboards to make it easier on your feet.  There’s a big room right when you walk in, not sure of the name of it though.  It was great to have house, techno and trance in all the rooms.  Ivan and I don’t like dancing to hip hop since it’s boring to us.

It was great fun dancing especially since we haven’t done it in awhile.  The Baby Box room has colored lights that blink in a checkered pattern on the ceiling.  It should be a lot darker in the room.  We stayed in that room mostly.  David was on first and then Mark later.  We enjoyed dancing to the tunes.  We also danced  in the other rooms. 

Simon didn’t go on until 3:15 am.  It was pretty quiet in the room. 

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We danced to Simon’s set.  It was great dancing to good trance music.  The music stopped at 4 pm.  Simon was mad because not many people were there and he thought he’d be playing longer.

We went to the middle room to dance.  Ivan headed to the bathroom.  A girl grabbed my hand and started dancing with me.  She put her sunglasses on me.  It was pretty dark.  A guy was playing drums along with the music the DJ was playing.   The girl who danced with me wanted me to take pictures of me, her and her friend.

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I love taking pictures with random strangers.  It usually happens at nightclubs for some reason. 

We danced for 4 hours straight.  We thought we should head back.  Ivan grabbed some oven baked potato wedges outside the club.  We got a taxi back to the Radisson hotel.  We left about 4:30 am and arrived at the hotel at 5 am.  We had an awesome night dancing.

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