Another blogpost from another state. This time we’re in Floridaaa. The state of sunshine, Key West beaches and Disney world resorts. We skipped the Key west beaches, but we sure saw plenty of sunshine and Disney resorts. However, last time I updated you, I was still in Maryland. So let’s start where I left off… (Quick warning: Grab a snack, this is gonna be a long one.)
As said before, we ended the Friday night late at Phil’s, so Saturday was a much needed sleep in day. The first time that I didn’t wake up at 5 or 6 am, yaaaaas! (Let’s not get our hopes up tho… the next couple of days were rough again by waking up at 5 am.)
Anyway, Saturday later in the afternoon, we went to Michael’s. We went kayaking on the creek and talked for hours with Michael’s friendly family. There was an insane amount of food, Old Bay seasoned shrimps (old bay is known for ‘The Maryland Seasoning’, I’ll bring some of it home, mom!), huge bags of chips with fresh salsa and a bushel of fresh Maryland crabs. And while the dinner was only planned for Michael and his parents, we ended up sitting around the table with Lieke and I, Megan, a friendly neighbor and Patrick (a guy our age that lives in the neighborhood) and we all enjoyed a delicious dinner together. The American hospitality is amazing and that’s def something that we Dutchies can learn from them. We talked about the many differences between the States and the Netherlands (I’m thinking of making a list myself, there are so many random little things that I’m not used to), while we enjoyed cracking open crabs. After a fine, fun dinner we went home and had a good girl talk till 2 am.
Sunday morning, I woke up at 5 am, with 3 hours of sleep. I felt like an absolute zombie, but for some reason I couldn’t go back to sleep. Ugh, I guess the sleeping in after Phil’s was just ‘a one-time-thing’. I decided that this awful sleeping schedule that had been going on for a while now, needed to be fixed. So I got zzzquil, which makes me sleep like a baby now, aaaah.
Anyway, Sunday was family day. We met up with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, we talked, laughed and enjoyed another meal of hamburgers and mac ’n cheese. Later that night, Liek, Megan, Jenna, Torrey, Michael and I decided it’d be fun to try our Dutch gourmet dinner. We went to Whole Foods, bought a ton of food, served it all pretty on the table and then… the heater on the gourmet grill didn’t work. It must have had something to do with the Dutch American power outlets. Such a bummer. The gourmet dinner ended up being kinda a failure, so we just cooked our food on the stove. Oh well, at least we tried.
Monday was a sunny, warm day (which is basically every day tho haha), which we had to take advantage of. We went boating with Jenna, Torrey and Zach (Torrey’s friend who lives in the neighborhood). We enjoyed the wind under our dresses and the hot sun on our shoulders, while we raced over the water. For lunch, we had someone from Jimmy John’s come to the harbor with fresh delivered sandwiches on the water, hmm! Later that day, we went to Baltimore. We went to the movies, took photos by the harbor, went shopping and ate my fav, Chipotle. Once we got home, we quickly packed and went to bed, knowing we had to wake up at 3 am the next morning…
Tuesday was Florida day, whoehoee. We woke up at 3 am and left to the airport with not only bags in our hands, but also bags under our eyes. Anyway, we were excited! We arrived at 8 am, right on time when the rest of the world woke up as well. We were all very tired, so we spent the afternoon taking naps by the pool, face timing (boy)friends (shoutout to Willem and Sanne eeeuh), and working on our tan. (You can imagine, we are very tan right now, yaaas!!) Later in the afternoon we met up with Brittney. One of Megan and Jenna’s best friends, who happened to be in Florida for a few days. Meeting her was great, we all ate a delicious Mexican dinner and walked around in Disney Springs. (A shopping area, where we could get a ton of discounts because of Meg’s and Jen’s annual passes, and who doesn’t love a 30% off discount on all ZARA clothes hehehe, I know I do!) I ended up buying a few baggy India pants, but decided low key I needed to save up. Mom, are you proud of me hehe?
The next day was finally Disney day! We didn’t know what to expect but seeing Megan and Jenna jumping out of bed with excitement, def made us excited. We bought passes for 4 different parks and we were going to do two today. We went to Animal Kingdom first, a beautiful green jungle park filled with wild animals, a replica of Mt. Everest and an insane lit up Pandora world from Avatar. We spent our morning and afternoon on roller coasters and safari rides and by then, I was already convinced Animal Kingdom had to be my favorite park! Later that day, we went to Magic Kingdom. We saw the magical, blue, princess castle, took a ton of photos and went on the most classical Disney rides, like Splash Mountain, the Pirates of the Caribbean boat tour etc. While we were waiting in line for the rides we played the game ‘what are the odds that…’, we ended up doing the most dumb, stupid stuff but definitely had fun. The park was open till 1 am, but by the time it was 11, we decided we needed some sleep, since we had another busy day ahead.
Thursday was the day we visited Hollywood Studios and Epcot! Hollywood Studios has the most thrilling rides ever! Tower of Terror was amazing, we screamed our heads off, but had so much fun that we had to do it twice! The rock ’n roller coaster was another fun ride, playing loud banging music while we went with full speed through the loops. Not only were there thrilling rides, the park was just like the others; very aesthetically pleasing, so again we just HAD to take some photos. (If you haven’t noticed, yes, I take a ton of photos and yes I spam all my Instagram followers with them hehe ;p). I’m trying not to let it get out of hand, but Meg recently recommended me a specific restaurant because ‘Masch is such an aesthetically pleasing person’, I just like beautiful places, okay. ;p
Later that day, we went to Epcot, where we basically went on ‘a mini world trip’ within a day. We visited replica countries of Mexico, Germany, China, Norway, Morocco, Italy, Japan and France and took jumping, running, weird videos in each country (anyone see my supeeeer long insta story with all our jumpy boomerangs?) We had dinner in Japan at Teppan Edo, and let me tell you, they have the most AMAZING food ever! Mouth explosion, food porn, name it whatever you want, but that place is the best! Obviously, we wanted to go on some rides as well, so we went on Spaceship Earth (the ride in the Epcot ball), the Test Track ride (twice, because it was sooo much fun!) and my personal favorite from Epcot: Soarin’ Around the World, in this ride, we flew over the world, flying over the Fiji Islands while we could smell the sunscreen, flying over Serengeti smelling the dusty Elephants and flying over the huge Canadian mountains smelling the cold, fresh wind. However, my favorite one by far, was flying over the Taj Mahal, smelling incense and realizing I’d actually be at this beautiful place in a few weeks!
That night, we went back to the Avatar Pandora World, because we wanted to see it at night. It was insane, I have no words for it. The flowers and drinks were lit up in beautiful neon colors and the ride was amaaaaazing! It literally felt like we were there, in that world. We flew on dragons, felt the water on our skin, saw floating islands in the sky, felt the wind in our hair, saw the craziest animals, and a ton of beautiful Na’vi people. By the end of the ride, I realized my cheeks were hurting because of my big smile and my throat was hurting because of all the screaming. By far, by far the best ride I have ever went on!
Friday was the day we had to go home, (meaning Maryland, not the Netherlands. Yes, I got to the point that I got so comfortable that Maryland feels like my second home :)). During the day, we went resort hopping. We saw some of Disney’s most beautiful resorts, some being Hawaiian themed, others being adventurous, camping themed and others being princess themed. This made Lieke and I realize how insanely big Disney World is! We ended up having lunch at the Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge, which was quite hilarious. The waiters were basically actors, trying to make fun of everyone. Lieke ended up with straws in her hair, I ended up with 217 selfies of our waiter on my phone and Megan and Jenna ended up with their phones completely wrapped together. After having a good laugh at lunch, we decided to lay by the pool and ended up having deep conversations about life. Writing this right now makes me realize how happy I am to have these amazing people in my life; the kinda friends who you can occasionally have really deep conversations with, but you can also joke around with at the same time. That night, our amazing Florida trip unfortunately ended. We went to the airport, flew back and snuggled into bed by 3 am.
Yesterday, Saturday was a much much needed sleep in, chill day. We slept in till noon and unpacked our suitcases. Lieke and I wanted to thank Megan, Jenna and their parents for their hospitality and for hosting us for 2.5 weeks, so we wanted to take them all out for dinner on our behalf. Although, we still have almost a full week left, we decided today was the day we’d have plenty of time, so we brought the family to Chevy’s. A Mexican-American restaurant with free guac, salsa and chips. I can officially say right now, that next to Italian, Mexican has to be my fav type of food. Everything is just sooo good. The night was fun. Right now, a few hours after dinner, I’m writing this blogpost.
We still have a few days left here, while we’ll be going to NYC, Ocean City and another visit to Annapolis. Meanwhile, we are trying to do the last things that are on our summer bucket list like a visit to Five Guys, Shake Shack or Ihop and buying clothes that are cheaper than in the Netherlands such as Levi’s shorts and Tommy Hilfiger sweaters.
Hope you had fun reading and be sure to check in on my last American adventure blogpost in about a week!
Many American hugs, (Something they do here waaaay too often…:))