November 23, 2005

I Miss Disney (already)!

I got back from Orlando last Friday only to be greeted by a nice flurry of snow! Throughout the week of vacation I enjoyed comfortable weather in the low-mid twenties (perfect summer temperature for me!) with the occasional light shower scattered throughout one of the mornings. It was the first time I ever got to sport summer attire during the autumn/winter season :) I've come to the realization that November is the best time to travel for a number of reasons:

1. November's the worst month of the year here- a dreary, sombre mood of remembrance that falls in between the glorious fall colours of October and the joyous winter wonderland that arrives in December
2. Low season = cheap airfare
3. Southern locations are comfortably warm and not too hot
4. Less tourists = no lineups in Disneyworld = more fun in one day!

Overall the trip was super fun, yet exhausting. Our schedule for 6 days were as follows: wake up at 7am, make breakfast, catch shuttle bus to Disney, play play play, return to the resort at 10 or 11pm, prepare lunch and dinner for the next day, sleep at 12 or 1.

Daily Highlights

Day 1: Toronto to Orlando
Woke up at 3:30 am for 6:30 am flight, ate the best bagel I've ever had in my life (french toast flavour from The Great American Bagel), arrived in Orlando at 11am, stopped at Outlet mall on the way from the airport to the resort, shopped shopped shopped with huge backpacks still on our backs, pushed around huge backpacks in carts while grocery shopping, running around taking pictures and videos of our massive resort suite.

Day 2: Magic Kingdom (Part 1)
Took ferry boat to Magic Kingdom, snapped a billion pictures of everything upon entering the park, figured out the magic of FastPass, went through Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and a bit of Fantasyland, got sopping wet on Splash Mountain, bought funny Splash Mountain picture, ate Mickey Mouse ice cream bar, realized that It's a Small World is actually a great ride.

Day 3: Epcot (Part 1)
Rode a boat ride through a greenhouse where we saw Mickey Mouse pumpkins and 9-pound lemons, went on a hang-gliding simulation ride, waited an hour through technical difficulties only to experience a yucky space simulation ride that applied a G-force of like 5 million on you (that was a lowlight), visited Mexico, Norway, and China Pavillions, travelled 65mph on Test Track, met Tigger and Eeyore in the UK Pavillion, watched fireworks.

Day 4: Animal Kingdom
Rode an African safari through a wildlife reserve, explored detailed African and Asian villages, had the daylights scared out of me being chased by dinosaurs, rode a cute spinning roller-coaster, meeting holiday Eeyore, Tigger and POOH!, pigged out on yummy Ghirardelli cheesecake sundae in Downtown Disney.

Day 5: Magic Kingdom (Part 2)
Endured 90 minute timeshare presentation at the resort, rode The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh twice, visited Minnie Mouse's house, met Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Chip & Dale, rode Splash Mountain and Buzz Lightyear twice each without lineups, bought Minnie Mouse ears, watched a spectacular fireworks show.

Day 6: Disney-MGM Studios
Screamed my head off on the Tower of Terror (who knew it was actually a pretty good ride?!), played in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground, watched a super crazy car stunt show, sat as an audience member of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, learned to draw Goofy and Stitch in animation class, watched the Fantasmic light show, walked down New York street dressed in millions of Christmas lightbulbs along with sparkling snowfall.

Day 7: Epcot (Part 2)
Took a greenhouse tour and held a Mickey pumpkin, visited Canada, UK, France, Morocco, Japan, US, Italy and Germany Pavillions, shopped at Mitsukoshi dept store in Japan, had a beautiful crane carved out of candy by Miyuki, had yummy Mickey ice cream bar and funnel cake, ate our only non-homemade meal at Landry's Seafood for dinner.

Day 8: Orlando to Toronto
Woke up at 5:30 am for 8 am flight, rode with scary cab driver to the airport, arrived in Toronto at 10:30 am, had my first taste of Chinese food in over a week (I was deprived)!

Take a look at some of the pics here.

Posted by mich at 8:29 PM | dreams [1]

November 10, 2005

The Happiest Place On Earth!

Early flight tomorrow morning. *yawn* See y'all in a week!

Posted by mich at 10:07 PM | dreams [0]

November 6, 2005

The Power of Photography

This evening on CBC Newsworld I watched the documentary Born Into Brothels, about a filmmaker/photography who lives in Calcutta's red light district to document the lives of the women who live there. Instead, she stumbles across a whole population of children living in the area and introduces them to the camera and the art of photography, which brings hope and empowerment to their impoverished lives. The images the kids capture are absolutely stunning as they reveal the conditions in which they live from the whimsical perspectives of a child.

It's repeating this Saturday, Nov 12 on CBC Newsworld at 10pm. Watch the film.

Posted by mich at 11:30 PM | dreams [1]

November 1, 2005

Doesn't Seem Like An Adventure To Me

Today's horoscope:

You will soon see just how much has been altered as a result of something seemingly innocuous. Be glad of the drama in your world. This is fuel for adventure.

And the rollercoaster (aka The Great Depression) rumbles on.

Posted by mich at 2:41 PM | dreams [0]

Better Than Demetre

My own improvised version of a smoothie. No more sour smoothies from Demetre.

FYI - Strawberries are on sale for $1.99 at Loblaws this week!

Pink Berry Smoothie

1/2 banana
1/2 cup mixed berry yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup strawberry kiwi cocktail
1/4 cup fresh strawberries

1. In a blender, on high speed, purée banana, yogurt, milk, fruit juice, and strawberries.

Serves 1.

Posted by mich at 11:02 AM | dreams [0]