15
Dec
2008
johan

Sub-prime tour 08

I recently came back from a 2 week long well deserved vacation in the east coast of USA. The trip started with four days in New York were we stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel near Time Square and Union Station. NY was really really cold, but we still managed to see most of lower Manhattan as well as large parts of Brooklyn, although we completely missed the fabled trendy parts and only found different ethnic parts in various states of decay. Still we had a really good time, good food and visited some awesome places! Hit the jump for more pictures and text.

Next we rented a car, it turned out to be a white Chevy Equinox, and started the roadtrip stage of the vacation. The goal was to get from New York to Miami in four days. We spent one day in Washington which meant we had to drive 1000 km per day the other three days.

We stayed at motels in Alexandria outside of Washington, Norfolk and Charleston.

Washington was impressive. We only saw the parts of town around The Mall, but that took the better parts of a day. There was lot's of activity, apparently building stands and facilities for Barack Obamas inauguration in January. Next time I'm not going to miss Georgetown. It looked really cool.

In Charleston we eventually managed to find our friends Nathan and Cali's house. They took us out on for a great, but unseasonably cold, evening on the town. Too bad we didn't get to see more of Charleston. It seems like a really nice place.

When we finally got to Miami we had one night in town before the cruise stage started. After returning the car we boarded Majesty of the Seas for a 4 night cruise that took us to Nassau, Cocoa Bay, Key West and then back to Miami. I've never been on a cruise before, and it was special, I'll give it that. Like going on charter, but with better standards. I think a scene that describes the experience, and one that will stay in my mind, was when we decided to eat lunch at Jonny Rockets Hamburger bar, one of the restaurants on board. In the middle of the meal the Indian and Latin-american waiters suddenly break out in a synchronized dancing routine. Family friendly.

Nassau was kinda cool, but I wonder what the rest of the town looked like. We only had time to visit the touristy part. Cocoa Bay was like a dream. Look at the pictures if you don't believe me. Key West was the best stop though. A really nice and small community on the tip of Florida.

The last night of the vacation we decided to go out with a bang! When we got back to Miami we checked in at Ritz-Carlton right on South Beach. It was without a doubt the best hotel I've ever stayed at. Every detail was gorgeous, service was of course excellent and the only problem we had was knowing who, how much and when to tip the staff. We didn't get thrown out so we must of have done at least okey.

After a looong journey back with Air France the only possible course of action was crashing in bed, waking up the next morning and try to get back to work and trying to ship a PC game.

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