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Much as I like doing the night shift I'm enjoying days on this trip.
This is a 6am shot from my room.
So here at the Seabank hotel in Malta it's perfectly acceptable to grab bread and fruit in your man bag and take it to your room to read, draw and watch TV. Like.
Noms with a view.
Nobody able to understand brown sauce though. So honey and an extra diabetic pill today.
Talked with Germans tonight. Not a great experience.
For some mad reason lemonade is not allowed until 10am so I had to get a waitress to sneak my bottle half full of it, my breakfast drink of choice being 50% orange juice or a Henry as we call it in my county.
Fresh omelettes make up for that idiocy.
A quick stay at the Budget Ibis at Birmingham is always good for an 0705 flight, or stupid-o-clock as I like to call it.
The steak I had was actually very nice but the folks I chatted to called the fish pie "hunt the fish pie" so bare that in mind.
Flight on time, slept most of it and they had plenty of passport officers so all in all swift.
Hotel screwed up my booking, despite emails and calls to check requests, but fixed everything in an hour including moving my luggage. As I sat in the sun training the bar people to fill up my soda-stream bottle with orange and lemon aid and squeezing ice in too. Heh.
But as you can see the view turned out ok.
At night it looks good too. They turn off the lights later to conserve energy.
That mentality is all round the island, from bathrooms to streets.
Met a bunch of great Irish people at dinner.
Surprised when I peeled my first blood orange. Tasted great.
Room very nautical.
Stupid AI bracelet that screams to the world outside the hotel "I'm a tourist. I want scams a plenty, scratch cards I always win for a free villa tour, time share etc. " which means I have to lose it every time I get on the bus and get it replaced on my return.
It's odd but no matter how many times I think we should go somewhere different the huge magnet of Orlando attracts us back.
Trying to stick to some sort of budget this year we got tickets from Norwegian air outbound for £284 and amazingly got Virgin PE via airmails on the return so a shopping fest is coming.
Villa from a Dibber at £1038 with a firework view and then the ticket madness starts...
At time of writing you can pay $250 for two days of Disney at the gate and a water park, with a game of golf thrown in. Or £277 for unlimited everything for 2 weeks.
Almost as much as the flight but better value.
Then we look at Universal. Ive always gone to Orlando in October to do the Halloween events. Especially the Universal HHN event. As the queues result in you only getting to see 3-4 houses it's a good idea to get the front of line passes, but even better is the RIP tour which gets you straight into all houses and a FOL pass for the rides you can use after the tour.
A bargain for the money.
A free night at the Hard Rock casino in Tampa due to our odd days via Hotels.com gets us our gambling fix and we're done.
Oh and free food in Boots on points made up from Lady hair products. Lol.
Getting up at 6am was interesting. As I normally go to sleep about that time.
We normally fly with Virgin, but the cheapest flight out to Barbados with legroom seats was with Thompson this time.
And as an added bonus it was the Dreamliner.
Kind of odd when it takes off, they strobe colour LEDs up the plane in rainbow colours, but it is a nice ride all in all. You can tell the difference in the air conditioning - they add water to it - and I couldn't resist thumping the shell of the plane as I got on to tell the difference between the normal steel and the carbon fibre this is made of.
This holiday was Mels choice, as we take it in turn. I always choose something interesting and she chooses a beach. Meh. :-)
Northern lights at the end of the year for me, and then a joint choice next year of a road trip down the east coast of America.
As a big fan of airbnb.com we were a little let down this trip and have ended up in a hotel, the Coral Sands Beach Resort. It's self catering with a fridge and freezer so we can shop ourselves silly then cook it on up.
We enquired about several properties at AirBNB, and none of them ended up being available. Some were under renovation, some hosts hadn't updated the calendars so we booked them and paid only to be told they were not available on our dates. Some didn't even bother replying. Not good. But I will remain a fan of AirBNB so don't let me put you off trying it, we've met some great people via it.
A Chinese takeaway, and an early night.
We've not done this before, and I was looking forward to seeing the decorations and new fireworks.
We were not disappointed.
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