Thursday, September 02, 2010

Sharks & Sausages

On Monday night, Jenna and I had a guacamole competition.  Being the geniuses we are, we had an even number of people do the taste test, and we ended in a draw.  But the good news is, we made a whole meal for a big group all by ourselves!  Well, by whole meal I mean we made nachos with meat and beans, and the rest of your classic Mexican toppings--sour cream, salsa, etc.  It was a lot of fun.

On Tuesday, my last day off, I crammed in all the Disney fun I could.  Jenna and I went to Typhoon Lagoon, a water park by Downtown Disney.  It has a wave pool with six-foot waves and a few mediocre slides.  But most importantly, it has a shark reef.  You can snorkel with the sharks free, you just have to wait in line (for us, 10 minutes), or for $20 you can scuba dive with the sharks for a little bit longer than our snorkeling.  I was getting a little freaked out as we got closer and closer to the edge of the water, but it turned out to be a blast.  You stay on the surface of the water and all the sharks and other ocean life are down near the bottom.  The water is salty and only 68 degrees, so it's a little bit different than the warmer chlorinated water.  More like a shock.  You just have to make sure you don't kick your feet and disturb the surface too much.  There's a life guard in the water, what looked like a shark expert floating near the end of the reef, and a life guard on stand nearby.  If something happens, they would be in there in a heart beat.  I wanted to ask Johnny, the guy that started each group in the water, if there had ever been any incidents, but with the girl that got a quarter of the way through, turned vertical, and started kicking her way back to the beginning, I figured I'd pass.  No need to freak anyone else out.

After two (maybe three) trips around the lazy river--and seeing some people from our guard class--we went home.  We met up with Lindsey, Dexter, and his roommate Brian to go to Epcot for dinner.  When we got there, the marquee giving the wait times for everything said Soarin' was an unheard of 10 minute wait (usually it's 60+), so we immediately jumped in line for that.  I was the only one who had never done it before and loved it!  Can I say I've been to California now?!

Soarin' is a virtual ride in which you "board an airplane" to California.  You're put in a glider in front of a gigantic screen and all of a sudden you're soaring over beautiful California.  If you ever do this ride, make sure you engage all your senses.  Although, you won't be able to taste much, unless you're licking the person next to you.  And don't do it if you're afraid of heights!

After Soarin', we walked over to the World Showcase for dinner, our original plan.  We had it narrowed down to either the pub in the United Kingdom or the buffet in Germany.  It just so happened that we walked to the UK first, since it's just the second country on that side, but the wait was closer to 90 minutes than 60, she said.  No thank you!  The wait was only 10 minutes for Biergarten, the restaurant in Germany.  We ate and ate and ate.  All of us had more than one plate of sausage, salmon, potatoes, bread, etc. plus another plate of dessert.  It was delicious--chocolate mouse, authentic cheese cake, and more.  Yum!!  We were stuffed.  On top of that, Jenna, Dexter, and Brian each got a liter of beer.  Needless to say, I made sure to rove a bit more yesterday at work to try to burn off some of those calories.  It was a lot of fun though.  I can't wait to eat my way around the World Showcase.  Right now I'm already checking flights to Berlin.  (I joke.)

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