Thursday, September 5, 2013

...of Mice and Men with a Wizard or Two thrown in for good measure!

Has it really been a month?  I haven't updated you on the happenings here in PungentChickenville in exactly one month.  Much has happened in that time, though I haven't been able to document it here or record the podcast in that time.  Now that my sabbatical is over, I'll be FULLSTEAMAHEAD!! on all fronts.

As I mentioned in the podcast, we took a vacation to the shores of Florida a couple of weeks ago to experience the wonderful theme parks of Disney and Universal Studios.  I have been there numerous times over the years, but my wife had never.  I've waxed on about the superiority of the Florida versions of the Disney parks forever and this was the prime opportunity to prove it (Hot & Humid weather notwithstanding).

Day 1 was spent at Universal Studios: Islands of Adventures.  Let me be clear... this was priority day for me. This IS the home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.... and there is no other like it in the world.  Albo must go here first.    ....and it did not disappoint!  Now, to be frank, this place is not a faithful reproduction of Hogwarts Castle or Diagon Alley or the little village of Hogsmeade, but it does evoke the spirit of the now mythical place.  We enjoyed Ollivander's Wand Shop, Honeyduke's Cellar and Zonko's Toy shop.  Lunch at the Three Broomsticks was great, with a helping of Roasted Chicken, Pork Ribs and vegetables aplenty for myself and three lunch companions. No sign of Madam Rosmerta, though...  Ron fancy's her.

A few pictures from my favorite theme park (edited for a little extra kick):

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