This is me in my non-Muggle form!
I found this today at Universal Studios.
Got the first print of Lightbulb Sun in today! You can buy this shirt right here. To reiterate what inspired this from my previous post:
This design is representative of the nostalgic childhood summers where every day provided a new adventure, and the future shined with distant-yet-infinite potential. It’s from a time of first crushes, where a couple of kids are blissfully unaware about how things from that point forward were going to change forever.
Me in my brand new navy blue CM PUNK/SXE hoodie! I love it - it’s lightweight and comfortable, and it even has thumbholes, which sounds like a dirty word.
Here are a few photos taken from my trip to the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago!
My favorite thing there was actually the coal mining tour. It’s an extra admission, but I felt it was well worth it. You begin by packing into a mineshaft elevator like a bunch of sardines. At first, I thought it was really ridiculous and unsafe to do that, but then I realized something - that was the point. As we begin descending down, they actually shut off the lights for a good 20 seconds as the tour guide explains that coal miners would sometimes wait up to an hour in complete darkness just like this. It felt uncomfortable - it was brilliant! We then went around a recreation of a coal mine with a tour guide showing equipment and presenting facts to us in a very direct manner. This was an integral part of the whole experience - they wanted to directly show you what this dangerous job entailed, and they did a great job of doing it. One part of the tour showcased the deafening drilling equipment. Our guide said that until they began using ear protection, roughly 80% of people lost most of their hearing within a year. We had to listen to it for under a minute, and yes - I could easily see how someone would go deaf.
After the museum, it was time for dinner. I really wanted to try The Nile, since in Indiana we don’t have anything middle-eastern, and I really wanted a felafel and some authentic hummus, but alas it was not meant to be - instead we went to Gino’s East, which is a very popular pizzeria in Chicago. The pizza there was delicious! And the breadsticks? Grease city, but next to Grease City was Flavortown (by far the lamest sentence I’ve ever made). I still have some in the fridge…if it weren’t going on 5AM, I’d soooo finish it off.
I’m not a city guy really - it drains me immensely - but every now and again I like to see what all the fuss is about. Chicago certainly delivers.
Photos from my trail trekking day at Deep River historical park, in Hobart.
Day 7: Technically, the last day.
Started the day at the brand new Be Our Guest restaurant, which was Beauty & The Beast themed. The interior is spectacular. Spent the rest of the afternoon at Magic Kingdom finishing up the odds and ends. Then later, we finally made it to Disney Quest! There was the futuristic bumper car battle game where you had to gather up these balls in your enclosed bumper car, and then you’d load them into a cannon and fire them at the other players. The instructions we were given weren’t really clear, so I spent most of my time spinning around uncontrollably. The arcade had loads of retro games (including Burgertime!) in addition to some newer games. I didn’t get nearly enough time to try them all, but the 4-player Pac-Man Battle Royale game was awesome. The end of the night saw us rushing to Epcot to make a dinner reservation (a frustrating theme with the pre-paid Dining Plan), only to just miss it. Wound up getting a felafel from the hotel, and surprisingly, it was really good.
I don’t have much to include for the actual final day with the early flight and all, so this concludes my 2013 trip to Disney World.
Day 6: one last run through Epcot. I desperately wanted to visit some of the countries we usually just pass, so I took a trip on my own to China and Norway. China’s store was full of so many beautiful decorative items. Norway’s presence was small, but they had a boat ride and a museum of Nordic Viking lore that was interesting. Exhaustion from the heat and constant walking eventually did me in, but not before I tried La Hacienda. I tried the shrimp tacos, and man…they were something spectacular! The ambiance of being there early in the morning with few people made it a very pleasant dining experience, as well. Had a great day, but night fell and Disney Quest was closed Downtown. That would have to wait until our final actual day…
Day 5 of my 2013 trip to Disney was an eventful one. My knee stopped throbbing in crippling pain, and the day was full of good eats and photos. I ate Moroccan food over at Tangerine Cafe, and it was delish! Later in the night, we went to Ohana to experience their ‘family’ meal styling of menuless meats. It’s now going to be a regular visit for us. I am seen here posing with a Battletoad at Ohana’s. Went back to Magic Kingdom to take on Dumbo and a few other attractions missed the previous night. Busy day, but a good one.