‘Round and away I go (Pt 2)

Chicago to Stockholm
Chicago from the air at night
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Daikin Festival

Daikin Festival 2015

The other major Japanese festival I attend every year is the Daikin festival, sponsored by Daikin Industries. Held every year on the Friday before memorial at the Decatur, Al fairgrounds, the festival is inspired by Obon festivals in Japan. Dancing, games, free food, and hot air balloon rides make it lots of fun!
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Appalachia in Fall

Driving through the Appalachian mountains is always beautiful, even in the dead of winter. But fall being my favorite time of year and me driving up to mid west Virginia means you get to see them in all their colorful glory^^

Depending on where you are in the Appalachian mountains you may hear them called the Rocky Mountains, the Smokey Mountains, the Highlands (often with a states’ name in front of them), or any number of other names. But when you are the oldest known mountain range, you probably get called a lot of things….

Appalachian Highlands
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Cruise, part 3; CoCoCay

Day three of our cruise had us pulling up to CoCoCay island; a private island with sand and beaches everywhere! They had an organized barbecue, kayaks, and snorkeling/scuba diving for those who wanted to rent the equipment. I ended up sitting next to the bloke who got drunk-lost in Nassau on the way back to the ship: the guy thought it was hilarious and kept joking about doing a repeat performance. Me and the rest of his bench mates were not amused.

The only bummer of the day for me was my hiking boots wandered off sometime in the afternoon. I had just got them broken in too, so now I need new boots -_-. It’s still better than horrible case of sunburn the twins got; they were giving Sebastian from the Little Mermaid a run for his money.

After establishing that my giant hat was something everyone wanted for any future vacations back to the boat we went. It was international night for dinner so I munched my way around the world, especially the ‘cheeses from around the world’ collection. So much cheese! A performance from the on-ship band finished off my night; no late night parties for me.^^

The fourth morning had us leaving the ship at 8:00 AM, and after a bit of a SNAFU at customs we got everything back in the van. (They tried to put us through two separate gates, but we had to go as a group because we left as one. We would of had to fill out 8 separate customs forms otherwise!) And then a 10 1/2 hour drive had us home and seriously ready for bed!

Ocean veiw
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