Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When we went to Amreeka!

I always thought America was a different world. It took us 2 stop-overs and 25 hours to reach San Francisco from Bahrain. By the time we reached, we were dead tired. The drive from the airport to the city was quite boring – we both thought to ourselves – is this it? 

Never trust your first impressions – that’s what the country taught us. It grew on us and each day was better than the earlier day. 18 days and I never once felt too tired to explore more, except on the last day – more on that later.

We explored a bit of California, the obvious Las Vegas, the awesomeness called Niagara Falls and the city of New York. We saw less, we experienced more. What I mean to say is, there is nothing to tick mark in the cities we went to. But everywhere you go, you are bound to have fun. That’s what made the trip awesome.

I am sure tid bits from the trip will feature in my posts here on. For now, I will let pictures and captions do the talking. There are 30 pictures here, I would like to call it an express tour of the destinations we went to!

Americans are really high on their bridges - San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge in the background :)
We loved the parks - This is a minuscule section of the Golden Gate park. It was fabulous.
The Japanese Tea Gardens in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. It smelled of heaven.
Shops in Haight Ashbury, the hippie district of San Francisco.
SFO is good mix of beauty and raunchy!
Daily dose. Literally, daily. I told you, we had a lot of fun ;)
The famous Alcatraz Prison, SFO
The prison from inside. We barely knew anyone who was sentenced here.
Imagine going to Tihar, now that would be something!
The Zig Zag road in SFO. Every hill station in India can have one of these.
But sadly, no one cares :/
The pristine beaches of San Diego. First dip in the Pacific Ocean :)

I love people watching. I can observe for hours and not get bored. It's a talent :D
The Dolphin Show at San Diego Sea World. 

This Seal Show was hilarious. Americans are the best entertainers. Really.

This was a Dolphin Show at night. The whole stadium was dancing to their tunes. Loads of fun.

And then we went to the sin city called Las Vegas.
It is divided into two areas - The Strip and Downtown. The Downtown is more fun.

Freemont Street Experience, Downtown Vegas. It was barely a 500 metre stretch with 3 Live bands performing simultaneously, walk in Casinos, a Sound and Light show every hour, amused people, amusing 'artists', shops, etc etc etc.
The same stretch. There were girls wearing lessor clothes... 
The stretch had a Heart Attack street named after this restaurant.
It was a burger joint displaying the ill-affects of having a burger.
The waitresses were dressed as nurses. Yet the place was full of people!
The much hyped Las Vegas Boulevard. Lights, cars, people, Hotels, Casinos, restaurants.
One walk down the strip is enough.  
Vegas has Venice, Paris, New York - all in one city.
It's a different world. We found it average! The shows, however, are unbeatable.
And then we flew to Buffalo to witness the Niagara falls.
No picture or words can express the experience. 
This boat takes you under the Horseshoe Falls where you feel the mist. It is the bestttt thing in the world.
You have to feel it to know it.
These are the smaller Bridal Veil Falls. It's amazing to walk under it.
You can see a rainbow wherever you turn. You can't ask for more. Ever.
Oh, Times Square, New York.
Again, New York is an experience.
Even though you see people everywhere, you end up relishing each moment you spend here.



The Boy and the Wall Street Bull!

It wasn't easy to reach this building. Only a true fan will understand my enthusiasm! 
The Empire State Building. I missed the view from the top...

That's the picture of NYC from the plane.
The Central Park is in the centre. Look how organised it is. Loved it.

This lady is not worth the 4 hour queue. It gave me such pain in my feet.
Thank God it was only the second last day. Otherwise it would have spoilt my trip..  
Central Park, NYC. This is one of the many benches the Boy sat on with me lying on his lap :)

There are many more pictures. There are many more stories. They will come in their own sweet time. After this vacation, all I want to say is... divide your earnings in three parts. One, for necessities. Two, save as much as you can for old age. Then use the rest to travel beyond your city. There is no better gift you can give yourself.

18 comments:

  1. Looks like u enjoyed every moment spent....
    Waiting to know more about the dream city experience.
    I loved the saving for traveling suggestn :)

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    1. Thanks! I feel traveling is a blessing... I thank God each time I get to go out. Even if its a trip just 100kms from your city... It is totally worth the effort :)

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  2. The pics are awesome! Which bloody camera is this? Did you gamble in Vegas?

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    1. It's a modest point and shoot... Canon s95 :)) We are not bulky DSLR types!
      I'm a Sindhi. Gambling is in my genes...I had to be pulled out from Casinos by the husband!!!

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  3. love the advice u gave at the end.. you know what. You just gave me a new mantra to follow.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you can follow this. Traveling gives a brand new perspective each time. God knows we need that desperately in this day and age.

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  4. Welcome to San Francisco. I am sure you would have enjoyed this city. Golden Gate Bridge is the most photographed man made object in the United States. It is the longest suspension bridge in the world.

    Did you leave your heart in San Francisco?

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    1. I see you are a big fan of San Francisco :)
      We did enjoy our visit. SFO is such a beautiful mix of traditional and modern. But no, I did not leave my heart there. I want it to travel the world with me :)

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    2. Please come back. We (me, my wife and our 2 kids) will receive you at the airport. Then you will leave your Heart in San Francisco.

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    3. That is so sweet of you! We do have fond memories. And since we have a lot of friends living in the Silicon Valley, who knows, we might just come again sometime :)

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  5. Looks like you had a fab time exploring the Amreeka! That's a sound advice in the end... a must follow for all. Looking forward to more stories from The US of A :)

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    1. I tell everyone to travel lots. It's the best way to learn. And make wonderful memories :)

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  6. Brought nostalgic memories of the places visited.The pictures were a representative sample.Good job

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    1. Glad you liked them! :)

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  7. this is action packed...sparkling with Amreeka

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    1. Haha.. sounds like a holiday package! :)

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