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nashville, memphis and new orleans

well my 26th year is off to a great start. we spent my birthday in nashville and have pretty much been partying since the day we started on this tour. we are suffering lots but having a great time!!!

as the title says, these are the places we have been to since we last updated the blog. I only have 5 mins so this is just to let you know that we're still alive and well.

postcards should have all arrived by now (fingers crossed) and more will be on their way shortly

love you all lots

will update this one more in 2 days ( we're camping for the next few so wont have time)

lots of love

x x x

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D.C baaaaaaybeh- YEEEEEH!!! :O)

Today we're coming to you from Washington (hence the title) and the internet is free FREE....thats not too shabby at all haha.

Yesterday we joined our Trek America tour which is going to seeus through to L.A. We arrived at the holiday in to meet the bus and got there for 6.30 (ridiculous we know but it had to be done) I am slowly starting to resent my back pack and I am considering offloading it to the nearest passer by haha. Heather is doing ok with hers but her feet are a lil bit sore - bless her. We have gdone all kinds of crazy things in the last 36 hours so we're gonna try and recall them for you (hopefully haha)

We can now say we've had an authentic cheese steak...well a philly cheese steak to the locals which is what we are now, having spent about 2 hours there haha just kidding. Rocky met Rocky (as did we) and we all ran to the top of Rockys steps...yes Kidd- Heather did too and i now owe her 10 dollars haha. Mick, Sean- dont cry too much because we took lots of piccies and will show you when we get home (we wanna see you cry haha) The steps arent all that impressive cos its actually a library but its another thing to tick off our list at least.

Drove through Baltimore and it all looks so so lovely, it took roughly 3 hours to get to D.C (thats Washington) and took in some of the most amazing sites in an evening tour of the city...We can say we have stood on the famous steps where Martin Luthor King gave his speech and perhaps more importantly Tom Hanks aka Forrest Gump haha. We took in the view of the Mall and have seen the reflecting pool behind the Washington monument. For those of you who dont know what this is- watch Forrest Gump and all will become clear haha. Its the part where Forrest is on the famous steps and jeeeenay (not a very good accent but oh well haha) comes running through the water to see him. Dont worry, Ive captured it all on film to be played excessively on our return haha.

Abraham Lincolns memorial is huuuuge- wasnt expecting it to be so big. Heather was on about a ritual of kissing his feet but at 5'1 she'd have had a job reaching them to be fair haha. There is an episode of the Simpsons where this memorial is featured and it actually is that big.

Have given Barack a wave but told him we were to busy to join him for tea and scones as we're only in town for 48 hours and theres so much more that we need to see. I mean honestly, does he think hes someone important or something haha just kidding. The White House is unbelievable and the views of it from the Washington monument are phenomenal.

Last night went for dinner in a Thai restaurant (yes me, eating Thai haha) but don't worry, not one piece of rice in site (phew). I had Pad Thai with chicken- amazing and Heather had a 52...the restaurant was called Thai (I think) so if you're ever in the vicinity, pop in and have a look at what the 52 is on the menu haha

After dinner the hardcore group (just 6 out of 13) went for a drink (famous last words haha, we'll come back to that part later) in an irish bar ( I know thats made you and Hil happy haha and seriously if you think the bar you went to in Ireland was funny, wait til you visit this place haha) We walked in and it all looked pretty authentic, brick walls, Guinness- you know the drill haha. There was a live guitarist (again all pretty normal) so we settled in for some good ol' Irish (well the night was def Irish haha) music. We were stunned by what we heard- I seriously dont think he played one Irish song all night. He killed around 50 good artists last night and we're pretty sure he only knew 3 chords on his guitar because every song had the same tune. He mixed (yes mixed!!) Britney Spears with Hotel California (sacriligious) and destroyed a couple of Beatles songs. He didnt know Paperback Writer and butchered When I saw her standing there ( I could have cried) The piece de resistance however was when he began to rap (Rap- in an Irish bar, how rude!!!!) 2pac with a guitar. If there were 2 things that were never meant to be put together it was rap and a guitar- Im pretty sure that 2pac would be having kittens haha!!!

So one drink turned into 3 which turned into a few more and ended up with us strolling around the capital at some ridiculous time this morning. By this point however, there were only us 2 and a guy off our tour....start as you mean to go on i say haha. Everybody else had bailed and we made friends with a few more people along the way, including a boy who likes boys. All in all it was a very entertaining night and a good way to get going again after the time in New York. We are both refreshed and raring to go again. Have found out Ill be in Nashville for my birthday so it will be cowboy hats and yee haws a- plenty haha.

Today we have done tons of sightseeing and really havent got enough time to take everything in properly- Holocaust Museum, Washington Monument, WWII memorial, Arlington Cemetary, White House and not forgetting the train hahaha

well- we're gonna love you and leave you cos we've got to get ready to go out, you know how it is haha

hitting the road tomorrow so will update in a few days

lots of love

Deb and Heath

x x x

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New York New York (Part Two)

Everywhere we go, we always take the weather

Today, it seems, that the weather in NYC has realised that we aren't actually from Canada and that we are from England. This would explain why we have been graced with torrential downpours all day. Last night it snowed unbelievably heavily and everywhere was covered in a ton of snow. It looked beatiful until it started to bucket down and then it turned into an awful awful sludge.

So today has been day 2 of the Big Apple and we have definitely decided that all in all, its not a patch on Toronto. It has grown on us in terms of tourist attractions and have found lots we want to do should we return again but our first experience of this big city is that it definitely could do with some buffing around the edges. There are tons of amazing galleries, shops and unusual things to see but something about this city has left a bitter taste in our mouths.

We went on a hop on and off bus and have seen so so many places that we would love to visit again: Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Museum of Natural History and not to mention all of the small nooks and crannies that there seem to be to explore here. Unfortunately cos of time restrictions we havent gotten around as much as we'd have liked but there is always next time. These are the things we've 'hopped off' to see

1- Ground Zero- The site is absolutely huuuuge. Cant believe the space it has left behind. There is construction going on at the minute and one trade centre is veing rebuilt. We couldnt find the memorial though and the people we asked for directions dwerent exactly forthcoming with the right info haha but ahhhhh well.

2- Ellis Island- We loved this! I know I could have stayed for days and days just looking at everything. Mum this is def one for you to see, although I think Ive got most of it on film for you haha. Will definitely be going back to see this. Got the ferry over and bypassed the Statue of Liberty on the way, so have got some great piccies of this (even though there was lots of mist)

3- Rockerfella Centre- Looks like it would be pretty amazing in the summer time but with all of the rain it looked like a shallow swimming pool haha. Got some cool piccies of it though. Went for a walk up 5th Avenue and saw all of the amazing shops: Saks, Versace, Gucci, Luis Vuitton and the all important........ (see number 6)

4- F.A.O Schwartz- For those of you not in the know, this is the big toy store that features in the film Big- you know, the one where he plays the big piano on the floor. Phil- I KNOW that you're impressed with that haha although we got there just as it was closing so have only got piccies of the outside (theres reason number 50 for a return to NYC haha) The Apple Store is just in front of the toy store and looks really impressive so yes you guessed it- we got some pictures of that too haha

And there you have it- NYC in 2 short days, its been good and have a great idea of what to expect the next time we visit. We're both really excited about the tour starting to see what the rest of America has in store for us.

We've only been gone for a week and already seems like forever haha.....we miss you all lots and have forgotten what you all look like (just kiddin, isnt that what facebook is for eh haha)

Its been great so far and I think we've both realised things about ourselves too- I was warned I would but didnt really believe them so thanks JP and Carol for those nuggets of advice, you'll def be seeing a reformed me when I next hit the crocodile swamp (for the rest of you guys thats the place I affectionately call work haha)

Not sure when we'll next update becasue we don't know what clapped out contraption we'll be touring the rest of US in haha

lots of love

Deb and Heath

x x x

PS can we say thankyou to those people who have shown 2 rookie travellers the way in this big city. We are honoured that you welcomed us into your hearts and wanted to show us a good time, or help us find our own good times- we will remember you fondly :o)

x x x

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Leg Two- The beginning

New York, New York

Well.....its fair to say that up to now the Americans have the potential to be some of the rudest people we've ever met. We asked 2 people for directions and they blatently just walked past us and ignored us. Heather nearly lost it (and we all know how that could have turned out hahaha) Thankfully we've met a few friendly people so all is not lost. There has been a big improvement today from y'day as to our opinions of NYC, now that we've been out and about to see what the 'land of opportunity' has to offer a couple of lovely ladies like ourselves.These are our findings so far.......

1. Guggenheim Museum- Some absolutely stunning pictures and sculptures, could have spent a whole week in there looking at all the different collections. This is where we met Errol- A very friendly security guard working in the museum who has offered to show us around New Yorker Styleeeee!

2. Empire State Building- The views from up there are amazing, even managed to zoom in and get a close up of the Statue of Liberty (visiting Ellis Island tomorrow). A guy from audio has invited us to a party tonight but we need to get an early start so have declined his nice offer. We didnt take his phone number, although he seemed quite keen for us to have it

You may be getting the feeling so far that wherever we go, people are trying to give us there phone numbers. You would be correct- We've put it down to Heathers newly acclaimed husky Scandinavian voice (yes the people here are that stupid haha!!!) We havent taken them all but we are considering setting up a tally hahaha just kidding

3- The most amazing cakes -EVER! We have resisted temptation so far but they do look amazing. Madelain- Oreo Cheesecake ( I think theyre the only words you need to know haha) There was a lovely looking choccie fudge cake as well as a nice carrot cake

4-Times Square- When we got here y'day we couldnt understand the hype. Tonight however got talking to the locals and our opinions have completely changed. Yes mum we've met some weird and wonderfuls.....and i also know that it could only happen to me ( i know this is what youre thinking anyways haha. We have met a rather dashing policeman (photo evidence to be provided) and a couple of positive hip hop artists trying to make it big. They posed for piccies, signed cds....and were then accosted by said dashing policeman (hmmmmm haha) One told Heather she was beautiful ( scandinavia strikes again eh haha) and the other told me his phone number was there in case I along with scandinavian chick would like to party tonight. Again we have to decline, as our little black book is rapidly filling up and we need our beauty sleep for tomorrow. On second thoughts- Im not sure where the beauty is coming from because some of our piccies can only be described in one word -WOW.

5- M n M's- There are 3 floors dedicated to this chocolately treat and we think its a tad overboard but i guess thats keeping in with the theme of NYC haha...Have filmed it a lil bit because you kinda have to see it to believe it

6-Hersheys- Not as big as MnMs but had to go in, I mean it would have been rude not to haha. Again have some piccies of this to show as well

Before we tell you about the piece de reistance, we'd like to tell you about a bizarre event which has occured this evening. I decided it would be a great idea to take H to a discussion on Communism vs Jeffersonian Democracy and its definitely one of the strangest talks ive ever seen. Cant really describe it but basically it was about bringing around a whole new revolution. Its given us plenty to think about and we've both bought the book so it will be reading sessions a plenty when we next hit the road haha....

7- Tavern in the Park- This is so so pretty, a restaurant set up in Central Park with all the surrounding trees decorated in twinkly lights. Absolutely gorgeous!!H is wanting her wedding there so Mr Walker, consider this your heads up on that one haha. Again have taken some vids so look forward to showing you when we get back. There was the song playing from a League of their Own- You know the one where shes in the bar by herself singing to the guy 'It had to be you'.....Gave me a lil giggle and made me think of the films we used to watch on constant re-run when we were younger. Its funny how songs can do that i guess.

So there you have it....Our New York adventure in 7 stops.... Tomorrow we are doing the rest of the touristy bits: Ellis Island, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty.....and the all important bar crawl with the hostel tomorrow night haha. There are lots of other things we want to do to but cant remember them all right now lol. Will update again before we head onto the tour (if we get a chance to).

Lots of Love

Deb and H

x x x

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Waterdown/ End of the first leg

OH.....MY......GOD!!! We have had so so much fun in the last 24 hours its unbelievable. Have come to Waterdown to visit Heaths famillle and they're all so so lovely.

Heaths cousin Chris came to collect us from le hostel (thanks again) and the fun started pretty much non stop from there. We've had a real taste of authentic Canada, including toboganning (more about that later) singstar (yes they DO have singstar in Canada Ms Kidd- apologies again about the early morning wake up call haha) and a night out in a local pub....With all the action we've seen over the last day we should be getting a decent enough sleep on the bus but excitement could possibly get the better of us.

We had lunch with Heaths uncle and aunt in ther home which is so so beatiful (and completely surrounded by snow :o) then went for a walk in the town. Im very excited because I bought a book by Joyce but unsure about how Im going to be carrying it around with me lol.

We spent a few hours chilling and went for dinner with Heaths cousin Emma and her boyfriend Nick who are both really lovely too. Met up with Chris and then went to their friends for some singstar (apologies you the singstar crew at home, we havent forgotten about you just thought we'd go international for one night only haha)

We partied like rockstars (well, ish haha)and tried some new drinks. We've some lovely moments captured on permanent playback...we are of course talking about the snow haha

Everyone we've met in Canada has been really lovely and today had a brunch with more of H's famille followed by toboganning. Could be our first and only time, Im surprised you couldn't all hear the screams from over there lol.

Coming to Waterdown has been a great end to the first leg of our trip and we hope the rest of it goes as well.

To the Walkers/ Nick and everybody we've met in Waterdow- Thanks we've had an ace time, thankyou :o)

2nd leg starts tonight with the eagerly anticipated bus ride (queue more video montages hahaha)


Deb and H

x x x

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